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
ReleasedMay 11, 1970 (1970-05-11)
RecordedAugust 15–18, 1969
VenueWoodstock Festival, Bethel, New York
GenreRock, folk
ProducerEric Blackstead
Woodstock albums chronology
Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More
Woodstock Two
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More is a live album of selected performances from the 1969 Woodstock counterculture festival officially known as "The Woodstock Music & Art Fair". The album was compiled & produced by Eric Blackstead. Originally released on Atlantic Records' Cotillion label as a triple album on May 11, 1970,[3] it was re-released as a 4 CD box (along with Woodstock Two) by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs in 1986 followed by a two-CD set released by Atlantic in 1987. Atlantic re-issued the two-CD set in 1994 correcting a few mastering errors found on their 1987 release. Veteran producer Eddie Kramer along with Lee Osbourne were the sound engineers during the three-day event.

Although largely authentic, a number of tracks feature truncated performances or overdubs recorded after the festival, and two tracks not recorded at the festival at all. Some of the audio material on the album was recorded by the sound crew of the Wadeligh-Maurice film crew. It was packaged in a triple-gatefold sleeve featuring a 3-panel photo of the crowd taken from the stage by photographer Jim Marshall.

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.[4] 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.

It was certified Gold on May 22, 1970, and 2× Platinum in 1993.[5]


The couple on the album cover were photographed by Burk Uzzle[6] for the Magnum agency. In 1989, Life Magazine identified them as a then 20-year-old couple named Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline,[6] who married two years later and raised a family in Pine Bush, New York, just 40 miles (64 km) from the festival site.[7][8] That claim has since been disputed by a woman named Jessie Kerr from Vancouver Island, and her friend John.[9][10] At the time of Bobbi Kelly Enricole's death in March 2023, it was reported that Bobbi and Nick were in fact the couple featured on the album cover photograph and that the picture was taken when they stood up and embraced during Jefferson Airplane's performance.[11] In contrast to her future husband, Bobbi's face is partially seen in the photograph.[12][13] In an interview with Longreads with 2019, Uzzle that he opted to photograph the couple for the album cover because of "the way they were holding themselves up and wrapped in a blanket."[14]

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. John Sebastian – "I Had a Dream" (Sebastian) – 2:38 (2:53)
  2. Canned Heat – "Going Up the Country" (Alan Wilson) – 3:19 (5:53)
  • Stage announcements
  1. Richie Havens – "Freedom (Motherless Child)" (traditional, arranged by Havens) – 5:13 (5:26)
  2. Country Joe and the Fish – "Rock and Soul Music" (Country Joe McDonald, Barry "The Fish" Melton, David Cohen, Bruce Barthol, Gary "Chicken" Hirsh) – 2:09 (2:09)
  3. Arlo Guthrie – "Coming into Los Angeles" (Guthrie) – 2:05 (2:50) [a]
  4. Sha-Na-Na – "At the Hop" (Artie Singer, David White, John Medora) – 2:13 (2:33)

Side two

  1. Country Joe McDonald – "The Fish Cheer" / "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" (McDonald) – 3:02 (3:48)
  2. Joan Baez featuring Jeffrey Shurtleff – "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons) – 2:08 (2:38)
  3. Joan Baez – "Joe Hill" (Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson) – 2:40 (5:34)
  • Stage announcements
  1. Crosby, Stills & Nash – "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stephen Stills) – 8:04 (9:02)
  2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – "Sea of Madness" (Neil Young) – 3:22 (4:20) [b]

Side three

  1. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – "Wooden Ships" (Stills, David Crosby, Paul Kantner) – 5:26 (5:26)
  2. The Who – "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Pete Townshend) – 4:39 (6:54) [c]
  • Stage announcements
  1. Joe Cocker – "With a Little Help from My Friends" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 7:50 (10:06) [d]

Side four

  • Crowd rain chant
  1. Santana – "Soul Sacrifice" (Carlos Santana, Greg Rolie, David Brown, Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve, Jose Areas) – 8:05 (13:52) [e]
  • Stage announcements
  1. Ten Years After – "I'm Going Home" (Alvin Lee) – 9:20 (9:57)

Side five

  1. Jefferson Airplane – "Volunteers" (Marty Balin, Kantner) – 2:45 (3:31) [f]
  1. Sly and the Family Stone – Medley: "Dance to the Music" / "Music Lover" / "I Want to Take You Higher" (Sly Stone) – 13:47 (15:29)
  2. John Sebastian – "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" (Sebastian) – 2:05 (3:54)

Side six

  1. Butterfield Blues Band – "Love March" (Gene Dinwiddie, Phillip Wilson) – 8:43 (8:59)
  2. Jimi Hendrix – "The Star-Spangled Banner" / "Purple Haze" / "Instrumental Solo" (Hendrix, except "The Star-Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith and arranged by Hendrix) – 12:51 (13:42) [g]


  1. ^ Recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
  2. ^ Recorded in September 1969 at the Fillmore East in New York City.
  3. ^ 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".
  4. ^ This performance features additional background vocals added by Cocker's band during the album's post-production. In the CD version, the first disc would close with this track, with a 1:30 long recording of the rainstorm.
  5. ^ The first three minutes of the track is the "Crowd Rain Chant", a chant started by the crowd as an attempt to stop the rainstorm.
  6. ^ The final 34 seconds or so of the track is a speech by Max Yasgur, praising the crowd for coming to the festival.
  7. ^ "Instrumental Solo" was 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 the Woodstock film and on the Hendrix album Live at Woodstock and titled "Woodstock Improvisation".


Chart (1970) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[15] 2
Billboard Top LPs[16] 1
  • US: 2× Platinum[17]
Canada Album Charts[18] 1
Dutch Album Charts[19] 2
Norwegian Album Charts[20] 8
UK Album Charts[21] 35
German Album Charts[22] 10


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  7. ^ "40 years after famous photo, Woodstock couple still together". Chron.com. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  8. ^ Bobbi Ercoline (7 August 2015), "That's me in the picture: Bobbi Ercoline, 20, at Woodstock, 17 August 1969", The Guardian
  9. ^ Sajan, Bhinder (August 16, 2019). "'It wasn't them': Vancouver Island woman says she's in iconic photo". Bell Media. CTV News. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  10. ^ Mariam, Bethlehem (15 August 2019). "Vancouver Island woman says she's the woman in classic Woodstock photo". CBC News (British Columbia). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. CBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  11. ^ Rapp, Allison (20 March 2023). "'Woodstock' Album Cover Star Bobbi Kelly Ercoline Dies". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  12. ^ Traub, Alex (March 27, 2023). "Bobbi Ercoline, Whose Hug Became a Symbol of Woodstock, Dies at 73". New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  13. ^ Vasquez, Ingrid (28 March 2023). "Bobbi Ercoline, Iconic Woodstock Concertgoer on Album Cover, Dead at 73". People. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  14. ^ Maxwell, Tom (August 15, 2019). "Images Present Themselves: A Conversation With Photographer Burk Uzzle". Longreads. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  15. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 320. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  18. ^ "RPM Weekly". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  19. ^ "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  20. ^ "Crosby, Stills & Nash" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  21. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. pp. 200–201. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8.
  22. ^ "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2020-05-08.

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