Monterey - Eric Burdon & the Animals

Rola: Monterey
Traducción: Monterey
Intérprete: Eric Burdon & the Animals
Compositor: Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch, Eric Burdon, John Weider, Vic Briggs
Disco: The Twain Shall Meet
Productor: Tom Wilson
Orden al bat: 078


Monterey is a 1967 song by Eric Burdon & The Animals, with music and lyrics by the group's members, Eric Burdon, John Weider, Vic Briggs, Danny McCulloch, and Barry Jenkins. In 1968, two different video clips of the song were aired.

Other than lead singer Burdon and recent drummer holdover Jenkins, the band that recorded and released Monterey was an entirely separate mid-1960s band known as The Animals. Burdon transformed himself from a hard-driving bluesman to his own version of psychedelia. The new Burdon and band appeared at the famed 1967 Monterey Pop Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California at the peak of the Summer of Love; they followed Johnny Rivers onstage and were introduced by Chet Helms. In his book, Monterey Pop, Joel Selvin wrote that, at the festival, "Burdon did nothing short of reinvent himself in front of the audience."

The song Monterey was subsequently written in tribute to the group's experiences at the festival, and proved to be one of the new band's biggest hits. The lyric told the story of the event, how "the people came and listened," and others gave away flowers, "down in Monterey." The lyrics describe the musicians who played at the festival, including The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Hugh Masakela, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix, as "young gods" with music "born of love" and "religion was being born." The band described a scene at which "children danced night and day," and "even the cops grooved with us." "His Majesty Prince Jones" referred to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, who was the MC at the big event. Before the ending of the song, Burdon quoted a line from the Byrds song "Renaissance Fair" with the line "I think that Maybe I'm Dreamin'."

Released as a single in 1967, the song reached number 15 on the U.S. pop singles chart and number 16 on the Canadian RPM charts. It did not appear as a hit in the UK, where the image of the festival was not as strong. It was included in the new band's second album The Twain Shall Meet as well as their 1969 U.S.-only compilation, The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals.

The Mexican MGM release gives the song titles in Spanish as "Monterrey" and "No Es Mucho". Monterrey is in fact an entirely different city, in Mexico.


Duración: 04:40
Año: 1968
Formato: 7"
A la venta: 01/11/1967
Lado B: Ain't That So
Disquera: MGM


Eric Burdon - voz principal
John Weider - guitarra y violín
Vic Briggs - guitarra
Danny McCulloch - bajo
Barry Jenkins - batería



The people came and listened
Some of them came and played
Others gave flowers away
Yes they did
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey

Young gods smiled upon the crowd
Their music being born of love
Children danced night and day
Religion was being born
Down in Monterey

The Byrds and the Airplane
Did fly
Oh, Ravi Shankar's
Music made me cry

The Who exploded
Into violent light (yeah)
Hugh Masekelas music
Was black as night

The Grateful Dead
Blew everybody's mind
Jimi Hendrix, baby
Believe me
Set the world on fire, yeah!

His majesty
Prince Jones smiled as he
Moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
Were groovin' real loud, yeah

If you wanna find the truth in life
Don't pass music by
And you know
I would not lie
No, I would not lie
No, I would not lie
Down in Monterey

Hu! huh-huh!


Three days of understanding
Of moving with one another
Even the cops grooved with us
Do you believe me?
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey, yeah
Down in Monterey
Down in Monterey, yeah

I think that maybe I'm dreamin'!
Down in Monterey
Did you hear what I said?
Down in Monterey
That some music
I said
Monterey, Monterey, Monterey
Yeah-yeah, hey-hey-hey
A-ay, a-ay, a-ay-a-ay


1. "Monterey"
2. "Just The Thought"
3. "Closer To The Truth"
4. "No Self Pity"
5. "Orange And Red Beams"

1. "Sky Pilot (parts 1 & 2)"
2. "We Love You Lil"
3. "All Is One"

The Twain Shall Meet is an album released in 1968 by Eric Burdon & The Animals.

It includes Sky Pilot, an anti-war song of the Vietnam War era, including the sound of a plane crashing and a guitar riff by Vic Briggs, and Monterey, the band's tribute to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Reviewer Bruce Elder of Allmusic describes the song "All Is One" as "unique in the history of pop music as a psychedelic piece, mixing bagpipes, sitar, oboes, horns, flutes, and a fairly idiotic lyric, all within the framework of a piece that picks up its tempo like the dance music from Zorba the Greek while mimicking the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'."

It charted #78 on the U.S. Billboard album chart.


Eric Burdon & the Animals: Newcastle

The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade, and later relocated to London. Known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their number one signature song "The House of the Rising Sun" as well as by hits such as "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", the band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. They became known in the U.S. as part of the British Invasion.

The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management. Under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals, they moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic rock band, before disbanding at the end of the decade. Altogether, the group had ten Top Twenty hits in both the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The original lineup had a brief comeback in 1977 and 1983. There have been several partial regroupings of the original era members since then under various names. The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

A group with Burdon, Jenkins, and new sidemen John Weider (guitar/violin/bass), Vic Briggs (guitar/piano), and Danny McCulloch (bass) were formed under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals (or sometimes Eric Burdon and the New Animals) in December 1966 and changed direction. The hard driving blues was transformed into Burdon's version of psychedelia as the former heavy drinking Geordie (who later said he could never get used to Newcastle "where the rain comes at you sideways") relocated to California and became a spokesman for the Love Generation.

Some of this group's hits included "San Franciscan Nights",[10] "Monterey" (a tribute to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival), and "Sky Pilot". Their sound was much heavier than the original group. Burdon screamed more and louder on live versions of "Paint It Black" and "Hey Gyp". In 1968 they had a more experimental sound on songs like "We Love You Lil" and the 19-minute record "New York 1963 - America 1968". The songs had a style of being silent at the beginning and then becoming psychedelic and raw straight to the end with screaming, strange lyrics and 'scrubbing' instruments.

There were further changes to this lineup: George Bruno (also known as Zoot Money, keyboards) was added in April 1968, and in July 1968 Andy Summers (guitar) - later of The Police - replaced Briggs and McCulloch. By February 1969 these Animals had dissolved and the singles "Ring of Fire" and "River Deep – Mountain High" were internationally released. Burdon joined forces with a Latin group from Long Beach, California, called War.