Monterey Pop deluxe DVD set on its way..


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Monterey Pop deluxe DVD set on its way

"Monterey Pop," one of the first great "rockumentaries," with  
career-defining performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding  
and others, is getting the deluxe DVD reissue treatment.

The Criterion Company, the people who last year released an expanded  
version of the Maysles' Brothers' Rolling Stones' Altamont festival  
documentary "Gimme Shelter," is preparing a three-disc set drawing on  
footage director D.A. Pennebaker shot at the festival.

Pennebaker, whose credits include the documentaries "The War Room"  
(1993) and the recent "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" concert film "Down  
From The Mountain," made his reputation with 1967's Bob Dylan  
documentary "Don't Look Back," and followed it up in 1969 with  
"Monterey Pop.

The concert also featured performances by The Mamas & Papas, Canned  
Heat, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother And The  
Holding Company, The Animals and Country Joe And The Fish.  
Pennebaker's footage shot at that show has previously provided  
footage for "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake," videos which focused  
on sets by Hendrix and Redding respectively.

Criterion's official website (www.criterionco.com) said music  
historian Peter Guralnick (author of the Elvis Presley biographies  
"Last Train To Memphis" and "Careless Love") is recording two  
narration soundtracks to accompany the footage of Redding.

One narration will analyze Redding's performance song-by-song, while  
the other will be more of a historical overview of the soul legend's  
career, the site said.

The Criterion edition of "Monterey Pop" is due later this year, the site said. By PAUL CANTIN


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