Woodstock - Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

Woodstock - Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227987282
catalogNumber: 518805

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chip Monck   Announcer
Hugh Romney   Announcer
John Morris   Announcer

Technical Credits

Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Richie Havens   Adaptation
Michael Shrieve   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Paul Kantner   Composer
Alvin Lee   Composer
Barry Melton   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Stan Agol   Remixing
Bruce Barthol   Composer
Eric Blackstead   Producer,Author,Remixing,Audio Production
Mike Carabello   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Arranger,Composer
Edwin H. Kramer   Engineer
Country Joe McDonald   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Gary "Chicken" Hirsh   Composer
Jack E. Hunt   Remixing
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
Carlos Santana   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lee Osborne   Engineer

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Woodstock - Music from the Original Soundtrack and More 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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DR-DAN More than 1 year ago
40 years ago when Hendrix ended the festival, we thought we would be doing festivals three or four times every summer for the rest of our lives and constantly re-creating the spirit of the gathering, the camaraderie, and most importantly the music. This remaster, even more than the directors cut movie, has allowed me to re-create that sacred moment in my soul and even feel the mud ooze between my toes again!!! I cannot believe that I am hearing things for the first time with music that basically I have been listening to for my entire adult(???)life . Just a magnificent job on the mastering, especially considering how difficult the original recording process was. This essential music, the announcements, and the crowd really brings the crowning moment of the '60s generation to life. If you were at Woodstock, either in person or in spirit or really want to get the feel of what it was like to be part of the "Woodstock Nation," this two disc set is absolutely essential, the sound far better than I expected, and having said all that,the price actually a bargain!!! 100 years from now, people will be listening to this music when they look at the 60s!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently found a listing of the original Woodstock reel to reel, this matches it. Don't know what happened to the tape, but this sure sounds somewhat the same. This might be a little more tinny but by far and all it is nice to hear these sounds again.
kbt56 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this cd set for my sister as a birthday gift. I had it delivered and when she opened it and saw what it was she squealed with delight. She said it wasn't what she would have thought of in a million years but when she saw it she knew it was the perfect gift. She got in her car, rolled the windows down, cranked up the cd and went back in time to being a carefree teenager. The sound, the music, everything was just great. Totally recommend to any "boomer" or anyone wanting to revisit that era.
Sydney_Pureheart More than 1 year ago
I bought the movie soundtrack in honor of its anniversary and was immediately hooked! Because of my age I was too young to appreciate the event when it happened so I have to live it through the music. I have the albums but the CD's were far superior. It gave me such a hunger for more that I returned to Barnes and Noble and bought the DVD! It was great and I recommend both to everyone, you actually feel like your there!
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