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The Woodstock Experience (Limited Edition Box Set) Box set


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Woodstock, August 15-18, 1969. Three days of peace and music that changed history. The event that revolutionized live music and invigorated a generation 40 years ago continues to resonate. For the fans, it was a rain and mud filled weekend of ecstasy. For the artists, it was an opportunity to perform for a crowd larger and more powerful than they had ever imagined. The five artists included in this collection each gave one of the performances of their career - energetic, exciting, spontaneous, historic. These five complete performances have never been available before in their entirety, and they are presented here with each musician's classic 1969 studio album. This set captures Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, Johnny Winter and Jefferson Airplane at a critical point for each of them and their fans. 10 CDs, 6 posters (including the Original Woodstock Poster Exclusively in this box), 25 previously unreleased tracks, rare photos all add up to THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0029WGIF8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 1, 2009
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This collection contains performances by five of the many bands that appeared at the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.
Whether listeners feel that this set is another rip-off by the record companies to cash-in on the music/nostalgia from/for that era is something each person will have to decide for themselves. Giving the record company a break,they did package this set nicely.

By now most people already own if not the original albums or CDs,the latest versions which have "bonus" tracks appended to them,some from Woodstock. So having the original albums once again doesn't really matter.
The worst offender in this collection is the SANTANA set-which contains one unreleased track. Likewise the Janis Joplin set,which contains three unreleased songs. So purchasing these sets doesn't make a lot of sense unless you're a collector,or for some reason you don't own any of this music.
The set by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE contains seven unreleased tracks (including an introduction),most of which is good,powerful music. This live set is one of the highlights of the festival. The seven tracks,some very long, are worth owning for most listeners simply because its good music,with a lot of great guitar work,along with a great rhythm section,and some great vocals.
The SLY and the FAMILY STONE package contains six unreleased songs. Listeners will have to decide for themselves if all the new tracks are to their liking-some are better than others. But it is nice to have the performances in one package.
The Johnny Winter set,as far as unreleased music,is probably the best of the lot. There are seven unreleased tracks here,which include his brother,Edgar,along with Winter's rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer "Uncle" John Turner.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Barry Smith on June 30, 2009
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I agree with the above reviewer, William G. Schletzer. The box set would have worked better with just the rare Woodstock sets. There always seems to be an element of redundancy in these kinds of packages, and this one is no exception. Most people who are fans of this era in music probably own the excellent remasters of SANTANA, KOSMIK BLUES, JOHNNY WINTER, STAND! and VOLUNTEERS. I myself already own the studio albums except for STAND!. Why repackage them again?

However, the rare live sets are definitely worth the price of admission. Whereas many of the Woodstock sets have been around in bootleg for for years, they have never sounded so brilliant as in this box. It's great to hear Sly's full glorious set without the sound glitches that the bootleg had. Also, Johnny Winter's complete set with brother Edgar is quite a revelation.

Again, I agree with Mr. Schletzer. The box set should have contained more live sets. Where's the complete set from Richie Havens? The Who? Ten Years After? Melanie? Arlo? CSNY? Country Joe? Joe Cocker? Canned Heat? Ok, I am sure some of the sets were not available, but these are the recordings us Woodstock aficionados truly desire. When the 50th anniversary comes around, let us have what's left of the Woodstock recordings, without the redundant elements mentioned above.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Eliminator Man on June 30, 2009
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I assume this box is just a collection of the "Woodstock Experience" double disc sets that include a studio cd with the full woodstock concert. Cute idea but I imagine most people are like me. If they wanted the full Woodstock set by any of these groups they probably already have that studio cd. Example: the first Johnny Winter cd included here doesn't include the bonus tracks that came with the recent remaster of this cd. The Sly cd also was recently remastered and released with extra tracks and on and on. What's the point? I know they give you a pretty good price on those double cd sets but it seems like a waste, especially at the price they are asking for this set. They should release a 5 cd version that skips the studio cds and just gives us the concerts or maybe have 10 cds of 10 different artists at woodstock. There is so much that has been never released from this event. A release like this serves the record company more than the fans who have waited for 40 years for some of this stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jjtheman on July 7, 2009
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As someone who was there and was wishing for some of these performances to be released, my question is why did it take 40 years? I know technology has something to do with it but look how many purchases you missed by waiting so long. These are much better then the bootlegs as they were like listening to half of the band at once. Thanks for releasing these artists. They are among the highlights of the festival.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 17, 2009
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...then this may be for you.

No, I wasn't at Woodstock. I had to work that weekend. (True!) Indeed, frankly, at that stage of my life, I hadn't heard of most of the performers. Then the film came out, and it certain filled many of my fantasies.

Actually, in my travels "around the country" since then--true, I actually did some of that--I talked with many who were there, and they didn't find it quite the fantasy I still do. Be that as it may...

As others have pointed out, each performer has a recording of the group's set as it was performed at Woodstock. Many of the tunes hadn't been released before. It's almost like being there.

On each jacket too is a description by Woodstock's producers putting the performance in some kind of context. Santana and Johnny Winter, for example, were relatively new to the scene. So they in many ways got their start at Woodstock. (Santana got $1,200 for their performance there!) That actually makes the set even more valuable: a context.

For each performer there is also a studio album. To be honest, I don't know why they included them. I have had the first Johnny Winter album since it was released so many, many years ago. And I was actually thinking of getting the CD of Sly's "Stand" album, so I no longer have to do that. But I'd have preferred a few more complete performances than the studio album. I don't know I'll listen to the studio albums. That's now why I got the set.

One other slight disillusionment: Jefferson Airplane's performance recording is listed as "Part Two." Methinks they're busy trying to sell the full two-CD set of Airplane's performance. (Like, for years I've had Hendrix's performance there, and that's two CDs).

Oh, and with each set also came a two-sided poster of Woodstock.
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My Santana disc is No. 30827. I think there were no more than 50,000 made, but I'm not sure if they pressed more of one artist than the other.
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