Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More
|Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More|
|Live album by |
|Released||May 11, 1970|
|Recorded||August 15–18, 1969|
|Venue||Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York|
|Woodstock compilation chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More is a live album of selected performances from the 1969 Woodstock counterculture festival. Originally released on Atlantic Records' Cotillion label as a triple album on May 11, 1970, it was re-released as a two-CD set in 1994. Veteran producer Eddie Kramer was the sound engineer during the three-day event.
A second collection of recordings from the festival, Woodstock Two, was released a year later. In 1994, the songs from both albums, as well as numerous additional, previously unreleased performances from the festival (but not the stage announcements and crowd noises) were reissued by Atlantic as a four-CD box set titled Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music. In 2009, Rhino Records issued a six-CD box set, Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, which includes further musical performances as well as stage announcements and other ancillary material. Rhino Records also reissued a remastered version of the original double CD album in 2009. Target issued a version exclusive to their stores that included a bonus disc of 14 tracks, including one previously unreleased track, "Misty Roses" by Tim Hardin.
The couple on the album cover were photographed by Burk Uzzle for the Magnum agency. He took at least two pictures of the couple, one of which shows the woman's face and the other which appears on the cover; however, he never got the couple's names. In 1989, Life Magazine identified them as a then 20-year-old couple named Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline, who married two years later and raised a family in Pine Bush, New York, just 40 miles (64 km) from the festival site. That claim has since been disputed by a woman named Jessie Kerr from Vancouver Island, and her friend John.
On the LP release, side one was backed with side six, side two was backed with side five, and side three was backed with side four. This was common on multi-LP sets of the time, to accommodate the popular record changer turntables.
Most of the tracks have some form of stage announcement, conversation by the musicians, etc., lengthening the tracks to an extent. Times are listed as the length of time the music was played in the song, while times in parentheses indicate the total running time of the entire track.
- "I Had a Dream" (John Sebastian) – 2:38 (2:53)
- Performed by John Sebastian.
- "Going Up the Country" (Alan Wilson) – 3:19 (5:53)
- Performed by Canned Heat
- "Freedom (Motherless Child)" (Richie Havens) – 5:13 (5:26)
- Performed by Richie Havens.
- "Rock and Soul Music" (McDonald, Melton, David Cohen, Barthol, Hirsh) – 2:09 (2:09)
- Performed by Country Joe & the Fish.
- "Coming into Los Angeles" (Arlo Guthrie) – 2:05 (2:50)
- Performed by Arlo Guthrie.
- "At the Hop" (Artie Singer, David White, John Medora) – 2:13 (2:33)
- Performed by Sha-Na-Na.
- "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" (McDonald) – 3:02 (3:48)
- Performed by Country Joe McDonald.
- "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons) – 2:08 (2:38)
- Performed by Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff.
- "Joe Hill" (Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson) – 2:40 (5:34)
- Performed by Joan Baez.
- "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stephen Stills) – 8:04 (9:02)
- Performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
- "Sea of Madness" (Neil Young) – 3:22 (4:20)
- "Wooden Ships" (Stills, David Crosby, Paul Kantner—Kantner not credited on original release) – 5:26 (5:26)
- Performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
- "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Pete Townshend) – 4:39 (6:54)
- Performed by The Who. (The performance on the album picks up mid-song at the very end of the "We're Not Gonna Take It" portion and then finishes with the "See Me, Feel Me" and "Listening to You" sections.) The final 1:50 of the track is an emergency announcement and the statement that declared "It's a free concert from now on".
- "With a Little Help from My Friends" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 7:50 (10:06)
- Performed by Joe Cocker. In the CD version, the first disc would close with this track, with a 1:30 long recording of the rainstorm.
- "Soul Sacrifice" (Santana, Rolie, Brown, Carabello, Shrieve, Areas) – 8:05 (13:52)
- Performed by Santana. The first 3 minutes of the track is the "Crowd Rain Chant," a chant started by the crowd as an attempt to stop the rainstorm.
- "I'm Going Home" (Alvin Lee) – 9:20 (9:57)
- Performed by Ten Years After.
- "Volunteers" (Marty Balin, Kantner) – 2:45 (3:31)
- "Medley" (Performed by Sly & the Family Stone) – 13:47 (15:29)
- "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" (Sebastian) – 2:05 (3:54)
- Performed by John Sebastian.
- "Love March" (Gene Dinwiddie, Phillip Wilson) – 8:43 (8:59)
- Performed by Butterfield Blues Band.
- "Medley" (Performed by Jimi Hendrix.) – 12:51 (13:42)
- "Star Spangled Banner" (Traditional, arrangement, Jimi Hendrix)– 5:40
- "Purple Haze" (Hendrix) – 3:28
- "Instrumental Solo" (Hendrix) – 3:43 (retitled and re-edited when Hendrix's Woodstock show was released more fully in the 1990s. The improvised, fast solo section immediately following "Purple Haze" was heavily cut in the original Woodstock film and soundtrack, and most of the track here is what would later be titled "Villanova Junction", a slow bluesy ballad with the band joining in the background. The uncut version of the solo was restored in the director's cut of Woodstock and on the video of Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock and titled "Woodstock Improvisation")
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