Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

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Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More
Woodstock Original Soundtrack 1970.jpg
Live album by various artists
Released May 11, 1970
Recorded August 15–18, 1969 on an 8-track recording console
Genre Rock, folk, blues
Length 138:56
Label Cotillion/Atlantic Records
Producer Eric Blackstead
Woodstock compilation chronology
Music from the Original Soundtrack and More
Woodstock 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

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 set of 3 LPs in 1970 (later reissued on the Atlantic label), it was re-released as a double CD in 1994. Veteran producer Eddie Kramer was the sound engineer during the three-day event. The date of release of the original LP set was May 11, 1970.[3]

This album's version of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performance of "Sea of Madness" was actually recorded a month after the festival, during a performance at the Fillmore East auditorium in New York City, New York. The live Woodstock version can be found on the 2009 album Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm.

A second collection of recordings from the festival, Woodstock 2, 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 4-CD box set titled Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music. In 2009, Rhino Records issued a 6-CD box, Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, which includes further musical performances as well as stage announcements and other ancillary material.[4]

The couple on the album cover are Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

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.

Side one
  1. "I Had a Dream" – 2:38 (2:53)
  2. "Going Up the Country" – 3:19 (5:53)
  3. "Freedom (Motherless Child)"  – 5:13 (5:26)
  4. "Rock and Soul Music" – 2:09 (2:09)
  5. "Coming into Los Angeles" – 2:05 (2:50)
  6. "At the Hop" – 2:13 (2:33)
Side two
  1. "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" – 3:02 (3:48)
  2. "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" – 2:08 (2:38)
    • Performed by Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff.
  3. "Joe Hill" – 2:40 (5:34)
  4. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"  – 8:04 (9:02)
  5. "Sea of Madness" – 3:22 (4:20)
Side three
  1. "Wooden Ships"  – 5:26 (5:26)
  2. "We're Not Gonna Take It" – 4:39 (6:54)
    • Performed by The Who. (The song is listed on the sleeve as "We're Not Going to Take It" but the song played on the album is actually only the "See Me, Feel Me" portion.) The final 1:50 of the track is an emergency announcement and the statement to declare "it's a Free Concert from now".
  3. "With a Little Help from My Friends" – 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.
Side four
  1. "Soul Sacrifice" – 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.
  2. "I'm Going Home" – 9:20 (9:57)
Side five
  1. "Volunteers" – 2:45 (3:31)
    • Performed by Jefferson Airplane. The final 34 seconds or so of the track is a speech by Max Yasgur, praising the crowd for coming to the festival.
  2. "Medley" (Performed by Sly & the Family Stone) – 13:47 (15:29)
  3. "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" – 2:05 (3:54)
Side six
  1. "Love March" – 8:43 (8:59)
  2. "Medley" (Performed by Jimi Hendrix.) – 12:51 (13:42)
    • Star Spangled Banner – 5:40
    • Purple Haze – 3:28
    • Instrumental Solo – 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")

Chart positions[edit]


Chart Position
Billboard Pop Albums 1


Chart Position
Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums 10[citation needed]
Preceded by
Let It Be by The Beatles
Billboard 200 number-one album
11 July – 7 August 1970
Succeeded by
Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 by Blood, Sweat & Tears


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Music from the Original Soundtrack and More". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ "This Date In Music History: Woodstock Soundtrack Released [Videos] - WJLT". Superhits1053.com. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Woodstock -- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm boxed set" (Press release). Rhino.com. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  5. ^ "40 years after famous photo, Woodstock couple still together". Chron.com. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  6. ^ Bobbi Ercoline (7 August 2015), "That'sme in the picture: Bobbi Ercoline, 20, at Woodstock, 17 August 1969", The Guardian.