Sunday Spin: Woodstock


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On this week in 1970 the soundtrack to arguably the most important music festival in history was released. Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More was a 3-LP set that documented some of the highlights of the 1969 three day concert in upstate New York. The music and musicians in this collection have ultimately become part of the fabric of the American experience, resonating far beyond the usual realms of so-called "pop music." Those that question the impact of rock 'n' roll need only ruminate for a moment on this assortment of individuals and ideas to find confirmation that rock can be much more than a disposable commodity.

Here's the track listing:

"I Had a Dream" – John Sebastian.(Lovin' Spoonful)
"Going Up the Country – Canned Heat
"Freedom" – Richie Havens
"Rock and Soul Music" – Country Joe & the Fish
"Coming into Los Angeles" – Arlo Guthrie
"At the Hop" – Sha-Na-Na
"The 'Fish' Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin-To-Die-Rag" – Country Joe McDonald
"Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" – Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff
"Joe Hill" – Joan Baez
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" – Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Sea of Madness" – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"Wooden Ships" – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
"We're Not Gonna Take It" – The Who
"With a Little Help from My Friends" – Joe Cocker
"Soul Sacrifice" – 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" – Ten Years After
"Volunteers" – Jefferson Airplane
"Dance to the Music/Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher" - Sly & the Family Stone
"Rainbows All Over Your Blues" – John Sebastian
"Love March" - Butterfield Blues Band
"Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Instrumental Solo" – Jimi Hendrix

A year later Woodstock 2 expanded on this set, and in 1997 a 4-CD box set, Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music was released. Long after the last hippie footprint has been covered by new grass, this "Aquarian Exposition" in White Lake, NY continues to bounce around in our collective unconscious, a force for social change that begins with the magic of music.

Here's Crosby, Stills and Nash at Woodstock with some "Suite" sounds that fade from black into vibrant musical colors.

Here's Ten Years After with one of the most incendiary guitar displays of all time. Alvin Lee is a true mind-blower on this one!

And we leave you with Sly & The Family Stone taking us much, much higher.

[Published on: 5/11/08]

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marshbt starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/11/2008 11:13AM
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Classic CSN footage. Some of the best songs ever written, can't wait to see them this summer in Denver. It's fun to watch them in their heyday. Too bad they're playin the Convention Center instead of the Rocks. Oh well, the convention center had great acoustics for Neil.

negro4 star Sun 5/11/2008 12:44PM
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peaton Sun 5/11/2008 01:31PM
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good stuff. I wonder if they'll ever have another one after how shitty 99 turned out. It would be sweet, especially with a war going on, to get the youth of our nation together one more time.

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/11/2008 01:39PM
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great documentary, ever since ive seen it, ive been all about both canned heat and richie havens. That guy goes to town on his guitar(if youve seen the movie)

tarbabyjim starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/11/2008 01:58PM
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We had to wait till the Woodstock 2 album album to come out to hear Melanie. Melanie should get first billing by the rock and roll hall of fame, don't ya think?

theragman starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/12/2008 03:17AM
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that "Judy Blue Eyes" is absolutely incredible

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Mon 5/12/2008 12:52PM
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Santana- Soul Sacrifice (Listen to that drum solo)