Eric Burdon & The Animals had played at the Monterey Pop Festival back in the summer of 1967, and this became the subject of their next single after their pschedelic debut Winds Of Change. Compared to the strange experimental psychedelia of that album, "Monterey" was very much a rock song, a catchy number which recounted the band's experience at the festival, complete with driving beat and sitar. The lyrics referenced many of the other acts in typical Eric Burdon style - "The Byrds and the Airplane did fly / Ravi Shankar's music made me cry". It got to #15 in the US (its release in the the UK was delayed almost a year, and then it did not chart).
Their next album came out in 1968. The Twain Shall Meet was a much more focused album than Winds Of Change, and saw the band developing into a seriously good psychedelic rock group, with an ambitious blend of mood pieces and rockers. It featured another hit single - the anti-war anthem "Sky Pilot" got to #14.
Winds Of Change (1967) <|> Every One Of Us (1968)
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