Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack & More (Remastered) CD (2009)

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What a rip off! the original album has songs from twice as many performers. And from 1970939 years ago). what idiot is going to buy this?

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by Bob on 6/21/2009

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Originally released in 1970 as a triple-LP, Music from the Original Soundtrack and More: Woodstock topped Billboard's pop albums chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the 'Woodstock Generation.' Rhino's deluxe, 40th anniversary, 2-CD reissue of this sprawling and era-defining sonic document-featuring CSN&Y, The Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and much more is remastered from the original analog soundboard tapes. It's the ideal way to take a trip back to Yasgur's farm and performances that shaped music and popular culture for years to come.

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Label Rhino Records
SKU 211064168
UPC 081227987282
UPC 14 00081227987282
Format CD
Release Date 6/2/2009
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Author Various Artists
Artist Influence Albert King
Artist Influence B.B. King
Artist Influence Buddy Guy
Artist Influence Chuck Berry
Artist Influence Elmore James
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence Jimmy Reed
Artist Influence John Lee Hooker
Artist Influence John Mayall
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Slim Harpo
Artist Influence T-Bone Walker
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Rolling Stones
Artist Influence The Yardbirds
Artist Contemporary Beck, Bogert & Appice
Artist Contemporary Blind Faith
Artist Contemporary Blodwyn Pig
Artist Contemporary Canned Heat
Artist Contemporary Chicken Shack
Artist Contemporary Cream
Artist Contemporary Derek & the Dominos
Artist Contemporary Duster Bennett
Artist Contemporary Eric Clapton
Artist Contemporary Fleetwood Mac
Artist Contemporary Foghat
Artist Contemporary Free
Artist Contemporary Groundhogs
Artist Contemporary Jeff Beck
Artist Contemporary Jeff Healey
Artist Contemporary Jeremy Spencer
Artist Contemporary Jimi Hendrix
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Page
Artist Contemporary Leaf Hound
Artist Contemporary Led Zeppelin
Artist Contemporary Paul Butterfield
Artist Contemporary Quicksilver Messenger Service
Artist Contemporary Savoy Brown
Artist Contemporary The Allman Brothers Band
Artist Contemporary The Blues Project
Artist Contemporary The Doors
Artist Contemporary The Pretty Things
Artist Contemporary The Sons of Champlin
Artist Contemporary The Yardbirds
Artist Follower Blues Traveler
Artist Follower Handsome Jack
Artist Follower Jeff Healey
Artist Follower North Mississippi Allstars
Artist Follower Spin Doctors
Artist Follower The Black Crowes
Artist Follower The String Cheese Incident
Artist Follower Widespread Panic
Technical Info
Engineer Edwin H. Kramer; Lee Osborne; Edwin H. Kramer; Lee Osborne; Tom Flye
Producer Eric Blackstead; Eric Blackstead
CatalogID 518805
Lable Name Cotillion
Released 06/01/2009
Original Release 1970
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00075679030528
Album Notes and Credits
Adapter: Richie Havens.
Audio Mixers: Stan Agoi; Erol Blacstead; Dave Regno; Jack Hunt.
Audio Remasterer: Dave Schultz.
Audio Remixers: Eric Blackstead; Jack E. Hunt; Stan Agol.
Liner Note Author: Gene Sculatti.
Recording information: 1969.
Author: Eric Blackstead.
Photographers: Ken Regan; Jim Marshall ; Jason Laur?; Henry Diltz; Burk Uzzle; Elliott Landy; Charles Harbutt.
Arranger: Jimi Hendrix.
It's almost impossible to regard the soundtrack albums for the Michael Wadleigh documentary Woodstock, simply as music, apart from the event that inspired them or what that event has come to represent. Music from the Original Soundtrack and More: Woodstock was originally released by Atlantic's Cotillion imprint as a three-LP set in a gatefold sleeve. It topped the Billboard Charts for four weeks and sold two million copies. It sold so well that Cotillion issued a sequel double album of more music from the festival that never appeared in the film. The LPs took the music out of the historical sequence of the festival and re-ordered (and edited) it for a sense of flow. Whether or not it accomplished its objective has been the subject of much debate and beyond this review's scope. What is relevant is that these performances signified via their spotty recording quality -- and sometimes dodgy performances -- that there was an amazing array of legendary talent on hand at Woodstock; though not all of it is captured here. Rhino's 2009 remastered edition of this set on a double CD is the cleanest edition yet, but even it has problems: the source tapes were problematic at best. It restores the original LP order, features new liners by Gene Sculatti, and has more photos in the booklet. Musically, the second disc sounds the least dated with its over the top performances by a shockingly great Santana with "Soul Sacrifice," Ten Years After's guitar workout on "I'm Goin' Home," Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" medley (still a stunner after all these decades); the Jefferson Airplane's rocking and raucous version of "Volunteers," and the orgiastic Sly & the Family Stone medley that includes "Dance to the Music," "Music Lover," and an insanely great "I Want to Take You Higher." There is some filler as well thanks to a drippy John Sebastian track called "Rainbows All Over Your Blues," and an indulgent "Love March" by an out-of-their-prime Butterfield Blues Band.
Disc one is more complex. There are some fine moments here, especially the CS&N and CSN&Y tunes, including "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (perhaps not perfect in voice but a very inspired performance), and "Wooden Ships," with a decent if not thrilling "Sea of Madness," in between. There is a desultory "We're Not Gonna Take It" from the Who that is out of context, given they performed the entirety of Tommy. While Canned Heat's "Goin' Up the Country" has aged well, Country Joe & the Fish's "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" has not, nor has Joan Baez's performance of "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man." Her version of "Joe Hill" is generic. Richie Havens' "Freedom" is still thrilling, especially since it is preceded by Sebastian opening the entire set up with another duller-than-dull "I Had a Dream." The "Summer of Love" had been over for two years by the time Woodstock took place, and riots in Watts, Detroit, Newark, and other places had occurred, as well as an escalation in the Vietnam War. The most out of place thing here is Sha Na Na's "At the Hop," which sounds surreal but ragged and right, and Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends," that closes disc one; it's electrifying if rather out of tune. So as it stands, Woodstock is a wildly mixed bag, and not particularly pleasant to listen to, but it does indeed have a significant place in the rock pantheon and should be regarded more as an artifact than as an album in its own right. ~ Thom Jurek
Artist Overview
Best known for their epic performance of "I'm Going Home" in the WOODSTOCK film, British blues-rock band Ten Years After was a vital part of the U.K./U.S. rock scene in the hippie era, but over time, their legacy hasn't lasted as well as that of their peers. Led by blazing guitarmeister Alvin Lee, the band debuted in 1967, their psych-tinged blues-rock taking a more accessible tone on 1971's A PLACE IN TIME, which contained their biggest hit, "I'd Like To Change The World." The band broke up in 1974, with Lee going solo, though there were a couple of brief reunions (one without Lee) in later decades.
Disc 1
1 I Had a Dream - John Sebastian,Crowd Rain Chants/Soul Sacrifice - Santana
2 Going Up the Country/Stage Announcements - Canned Heat,I'm Going Home - Ten Years After
3 Freedom - Richie Havens,Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
4 Rock & Soul Music - Country Joe & the Fish,Medley: Dance to the Music/Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & the Family Stone
5 Coming into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie,Rainbows All Over Your Blues - John Sebastian
6 At the Hop - Sha Na Na,Love March - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
7 "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag, The - Country Joe McDonald,Medley: Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Instrumental Solo - Jimi Hendrix
8 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man - Jeffrey Shurtleff/Joan Baez
9 Joe Hill/Stage Announcements - Joan Baez
10 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
11 Sea of Madness - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
12 Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
13 We're Not Gonna Take It (From "Tommy")/Stage Announcements - The Who
14 With a Little Help From My Friends/Rainstorm/Crowd Sounds/Announcements/General Hysteria - Joe Cocker
Disc 2
1 I Had a Dream - John Sebastian,Crowd Rain Chants/Soul Sacrifice - Santana
2 Going Up the Country/Stage Announcements - Canned Heat,I'm Going Home - Ten Years After
3 Freedom - Richie Havens,Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
4 Rock & Soul Music - Country Joe & the Fish,Medley: Dance to the Music/Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & the Family Stone
5 Coming into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie,Rainbows All Over Your Blues - John Sebastian
6 At the Hop - Sha Na Na,Love March - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
7 "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag, The - Country Joe McDonald,Medley: Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Instrumental Solo - Jimi Hendrix
8 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man - Jeffrey Shurtleff/Joan Baez
9 Joe Hill/Stage Announcements - Joan Baez
10 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash
11 Sea of Madness - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
12 Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
13 We're Not Gonna Take It (From "Tommy")/Stage Announcements - The Who
14 With a Little Help From My Friends/Rainstorm/Crowd Sounds/Announcements/General Hysteria - Joe Cocker

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