Bummed at the increasingly apparent fact that Woodstock ’09, at least the official version, doesn’t appear to be going down? Don’t fret too much. After all, on August 18th, just two days after the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Rhino Records will unleash Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm, a six disc, 77-track box set featuring all your favorite Woodstock moments.
Included on the set, which according to Billboard.com will list for $79.98, will be 38 previously unreleased recordings – from groups such as The Who, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane. Other highlights include restored recordings of Canned Heat’s “Woodstock Boogie, which clocks in at 30 minutes, The Who’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Pinball Wizard”, a 19-minute rendition of The Dead’s “Dark Star”, and Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright”.
Basically, as Rhino Vice-President of A&R Cheryl Pawelski explained to Billboard, the release will serve as the pulverize all other previous/end all be all of Woodstock releases. “This will be the most comprehensive collection of Woodstock music yet,” Pawelski said. “The goal was to make it as real as possible…as authentic an experience as possible. It feels like dirt. It feels like a field. We wanted to take you there. We worked very hard to make it a true document of that time.”
To accomplish this, Rhino not only secured the rights of all but three Woodstock acts – Ten Years After, The Band and Keef Hartley said “no,” but order the box set’s tracklist in such a way so that it is accurate to the actual running order of the 1969 festival. Festival announcements are even said to be included.
So, come Tuesday, August 18th, when you’re feeling all depressed over the fact that the 40th anniversary of Woodstock passed without a commercialized, official celebration, go pick up Woodstock – 40 Years On. It’s basically like you were there, 40 years later (+2 days and -$79.98), only without Ten Years After, The Band and Keef Hartley, and the mud. But, hey, it’s a start!
And then, when your done, head to woodstock.com, and chat about your experiences with all your new social networking buddies!