Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm

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Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm
Live album by
Various artists
ReleasedAugust 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)
RecordedAugust 15, 16, & 17, 1969 at Woodstock Festival, Bethel, NY
LabelRhino Records
ProducerAndy Zax, Mason Williams and Cheryl Pawelski
Woodstock albums chronology
The Woodstock Experience
Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm
Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm is a 6-CD live box-set album of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. Its release marked the 40th Anniversary of the festival.[1][2][3][4][5]


At the time of release, Woodstock 40 Years On was the most complete collection ever released of the festival, until the 50th Anniversary box set in 2019. All the artists who performed at Woodstock are featured on the album, except for Ten Years After, The Band, and the Keef Hartley Band.

After reviewing all the multi-track tapes from Woodstock, co-producer Andy Zax selected the best songs from each of the performances, plus stage announcements, set banter, the sounds of rain, and Max Yasgur's address to the crowd.

Over the years, many of the Woodstock albums have featured "doctored" recordings in which mistakes, feedback, and bad miking were either edited or re-recorded. This set features the recordings as close to the original versions as possible in order to simulate actually being at the festival. Also for the first time, the complete and accurate set lists are included in the booklet.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One[edit]

  1. "Handsome Johnny"
  2. "Freedom (Motherless Child)"
  3. "Choppity Choppity" – John Morris
  4. "Look Out"
  5. "Two Worlds"*
  6. "Jennifer"*
  7. "And When It's Over"*
  8. "Smile"*
  9. "There Goes Marilyn!" – John Morris
  10. "Hang On To A Dream"*
  11. "Simple Song Of Freedom"*
  12. "Flat Blue Acid" – John Morris
  13. "Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarita!"*
  14. "Momma Momma"*
  15. "Beautiful People"
  16. "Birthday Of The Sun"
  17. "Coming Into Los Angeles"***
  18. "Wheel Of Fortune"*
  19. "Every Hand In The Land"*
  20. "All You Funny People" – John Morris

Disc Two[edit]

  1. "Joe Hill"
  2. "Sweet Sir Galahad"
  3. "Hickory Wind"*
  4. "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" – featuring Jeffrey Shurtleff
  5. "Bring Scully His Asthma Pills" – John Morris
  6. "Insulin" & Quill Intro – John Morris
  7. "They Live The Life"*
  8. "That's How I Eat"*
    • Tracks 7-8 performed by Quill.
  9. "I Understand Your Wife Is Having A Baby" – Chip Monck
  10. "Donovan's Reef"*
  11. "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag"
  12. "Persuasion"
  13. "Soul Sacrifice"
  14. "How Have You Been"
  15. "Rainbows All Over Your Blues"
  16. "I Had A Dream"
  17. "The Letter"*
  18. "When You Find Out Who You Are"*
  19. "She Is Lost" – Chip Monck

Disc Three[edit]

  1. "We're In Pretty Good Shape" – Chip Monck
  2. "Going Up The Country"
  3. "Woodstock Boogie"**
  4. "The Brown Acid Is Not Specifically Too Good" – Chip Monck
  5. "Blood Of The Sun"***
  6. "Theme For An Imaginary Western"***
  7. "For Yasgur's Farm"*
  8. ""For Those Of You Who Have Partaken Of The Green Acid..." – Chip Monck
  9. Green Acid Advice – Jerry Garcia & Country Joe McDonald
  10. "Dark Star"*
  11. "Green River"
  12. "Bad Moon Rising"*
  13. "I Put A Spell On You"

Disc Four[edit]

  1. "Work Me, Lord"
  2. "Ball And Chain"
  3. "Medley: Dance To The Music/Music Lover/I Want To Take You Higher"
  4. "The Politics Of The Situation" – Abbie Hoffman
  5. "Amazing Journey"*
  6. "Pinball Wizard"*
  7. Abbie Hoffman vs Pete Townshend
  8. "We're Not Gonna Take It"**
  9. "The Other Side Of This Life"*
  10. "Somebody To Love"
  11. "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon"
  12. "We Got A Whole Lot Of Orange" – Grace Slick
  13. "Volunteers"
  14. "Breakfast In Bed For 400,000" – Wavy Gravy
  15. "It Just Keeps Goin'" – John Morris
  16. Max Yasgur Speaks

Disc Five[edit]

  1. "Feelin' Alright"*
  2. "Let's Go Get Stoned"
  3. "With A Little Help From My Friends"
  4. The Rainstorm
  5. "Rock & Soul Music"
  6. "Love"*
  7. "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine"*
  8. "Summer Dresses"*
  9. "Silver And Gold"*
  10. "Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)"*
  11. "Leland Mississippi Blues"*
  12. "Mean Town Blues"
  13. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"*

Disc Six[edit]

  1. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
  2. "Guinnevere"
  3. "Marrakesh Express"
  4. "4 + 20"
  5. "Sea Of Madness"
  6. "Wooden Ships"
  7. "No Amount Of Loving"*
  8. "Love March"
  9. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
  10. "Get A Job"*
  11. "At The Hop"
  12. "Get A Job (Reprise)"*
  13. "The Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Woodstock Improvisation"
  14. "Woodstock Farewell" – Chip Monck

"Sea of Madness" and "Wooden Ships" are not the Woodstock versions. This has finally been restored on "Woodstock: Back to the Garden".

Bonus Disc[edit]

  1. "Amazing Grace"*
  2. "Morning Sunrise"*
  3. "Why Oh Why"*
  4. 'Waiting For You"*
    • Track 4 performed by Quill.

[*] Previously Unissued
[**] Previously Unissued Full-Length Version
[***] Previously Unissued Woodstock Recording


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  3. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (August 18, 2009). "Various Artists: Woodstock 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm". A.V. Club. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Woodstock 40 Years On – Back to Yasgur's Farm". Uncut. August 10, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Various Artists – Woodstock 40 Years On". Rhino Records. Retrieved September 1, 2019.