|Artist: Various Artists|
|Hippies, yippies and yuppies flocked to Yasgur's Farm in 1969 in search of music and a good time, but as the big name bands rolled in so did the crowds (a half million people!) - and so it was that a relatively small “aquarian exposition” transformed into a counterculture movement that changed rock'n'roll history forever.|
In celebration of the landmark festival's 40th anniversary, Rhino is set to release Woodstock - 40 Years on: Back to Yasgur's Farm Limited Edition Boxset, the most comprehensive collection of Woodstock performances ever. Sequenced in the chronological order in which they occurred, the 77-song, six-CD boxed set contains 38 previously unreleased recordings. After a labor-intensive process of reviewing every inch of multi-track tape, co-producer Andy Zax selected the very best from each of the 33 sets and furthered the collection's authenticity by including stage announcements, set banter, the sounds of rain, a cameo appearance by Abbie Hoffman, and the graciousness of Max Yasgur's address to the crowd, heard for the first time in its entirety. Also for the first time ever, the complete and accurate set lists will be included in the box's booklet.
Highlights from this extraordinary collection are plentiful, but stand-outs certainly include never-before-released tracks and previously unissued full-length versions of performances by Ravi Shanker, Country Joe McDonald, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, The Butterfield Blues Band, and Sha Na Na.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Adapter: Ravi Shankar.|
|Personnel: John Fogerty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Alan Wilson , Steve Katz (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Mike Heron, Neil Young (vocals, guitar, piano); R.G. Carlyle (vocals, guitar, bongos); Country Joe McDonald, David Clayton-Thomas, David Crosby, Freddie Stone, Graham Nash, Paul "Dino" Williams , Bert Sommer, Jeffrey Shurtleff, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian , Johnny Winter, Jorma Kaukonen, Leslie West, Norman Lee Rogers, Paul Kantner, Pete Townshend, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Stephen Stills, Tim Hardin, Joan Baez (vocals, guitar); Albert B. Moore (vocals, flute); Bob Hite , Paul Butterfield (vocals, harmonica); Brother Gene Dinwiddie (vocals, tenor saxophone); Cornelius "Snookey" Flowers (vocals, baritone saxophone); Christina McKechnie (vocals, organ); Gregg Rolie, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Rose Stone, Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart, Tom Constanten, Alex Delzoppo (vocals, keyboards); Marty Balin, Jon Cole, Rob Leonard, Rose Simpson, Alan Cooper, Dennis Greene, Grace Slick, Dave Garrett, Don York, Scott Powell, Ritch Joffe, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, John Entwistle, Larry Graham, Roger Daltrey, Tom Fogerty, Daniel Cole, Fred Herrera (vocals); Ralph Towner (guitar, piano); Henry McCullough (guitar, background vocals); Richard Festinger, Harvey Mandel, Henry Gross, Gilles Malkine, John Pilla, Barry Melton, John Till, Bob Weir, Howard "Buzz" Feiten, Carlos Santana (guitar); Ira Stone (electric guitar, harmonica); Ravi Shankar (sitar); Richard Bock, August Burns (cello); Phil Thayer (flute, saxophone, keyboards); Dick Halligan (flute, trombone, keyboards); Jerry Martini (saxophone); Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Terry Clements (tenor saxophone); Trevor Lawrence (baritone saxophone); Chuck Winfield, Lew Soloff (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jos? Chepit¢ Areas (trumpet, congas, timbales, percussion); Keith Johnson , Luis Gasca, Steve Madaio, Cynthia Robinson (trumpet); Jerry Hyman (trombone); Nicky Hopkins (piano); Chris Stainton, Joe Witkin, Mark Kapner, Steve Knight, Richard Kermode (keyboards); Bruce Clarke (bass guitar); Dallas Taylor , Doug Clifford, Norman D. Smart, Alan Malarowitz, Greg Errico, "Uncle" John Turner , Jocko Marcellino, Gregory Leroy Dewey, Adolfo de la Parra, Keith Moon , Michael Shrieve, Mickey Hart, Paul Motian, Phillip Wilson, Spencer Dryden, Steve Booker, Bill Kreutzmann, Mitch Mitchell, Maury Baker, Bobby Colomby, Bruce Rowland (drums); Mike Carabello (congas, timbales, percussion); Geraldo Velez, Elpido "Pete" Cobian, Daniel Ben Zebulon (congas); Alla Rakha (tabla); Juma Sultan (percussion); Alan Spenner, Billy Cox (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Eddie Kramer; Allen Sides ; Vic Anesini; Brian Kehew.|
|Liner Note Authors: Andy Zax; Bud Scoppa.|
|Authors: Country Joe McDonald; Lou Yank; Max Yasgu; Michael Lang ; Wesley Pomeroy; Grace Slick; Jack Casady; Jocko Marcellino; Jimi Hendrix; Stu Cook; Barry Melton; Carlos Santana.|
|Photographers: Tom Miner; Rowland Scherman; Jason Laure; Dan McCoy; Leonard Eisenberg; Ken Regan; Jim Marshall ; Jason Laur?; Peter Tarnoff; Baron Wolman; John Dominis; Henry Diltz; Elliott Landy; Bill Eppridge; Barry Levine; Lisa Law; Charles Harbutt.|
|Arranger: Jimi Hendrix.|
|In a year filled with them, Rhino offers its own homage to Woodstock's 40th anniversary by rolling out this lavish six-CD box set. Perhaps the most significant aspect of this set is that it contains tracks by almost every single artist who appeared on the Woodstock stage in their proper sequence. We also hear from artists such as Sweetwater, Tim Hardin, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Ravi Shankar, Quill, the Incredible String Band, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and, of course, stage announcements by Chip Monck, John Morris, and Wavy Gravy.|
|The producers researched the original set lists exhaustively and present them here along with the music and their choices. The sound, which was done by Eddie Kramer, is as good as it can possibly get. The book is a monster, loaded with photos and featuring Bud Scoppa's wonderfully researched and presented liner essay, whose chapters account for each day, act by act.|
|Ultimately, however, it all comes down to the music. While we only get "Dark Star" by the Dead, we get (a bit) more music from the Who. The three tracks by CCR are all monsters, and hearing the five tracks by Crosby, Stills & Nash and then Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young all in correct sequence between BS&T and the Butterfield Blues Band is a treat.|
Producer: Andy Zax
|Release Date : 08/18/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 519761|
|Label : Rhino (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 6|
|Studio/Live : Live|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00081227985882|
- "[With a] trove of unreleased material, some of it -- three tunes from folkie Bert Sommer, the Grateful Dead's beatific 'Dark Star' -- truly breathtaking." -- Grade: B
- "You get it all: Some of the best bands of the 60s, the rantings of Abbie Hoffman, the rain chants, the announcements...outlining all of the fun..."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The first real previously-unheard gems come when Tim Hardin wrenches a fragile 'Hang On To A Dream' from his doomed soul, before a rousing 'Sing A Simple Song Of Freedom'..."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Space is awarded to Quill, Sweetwater and Mountain, recognising perhaps that this was an even as much about the little guys as it was the stars."