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Woodstock: 40 Years on: Back to Yasgur's Farm (6CD, Limited Edition) Box set

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As the historic festival marks its 40-year anniversary, Rhino presents WOODSTOCK-40 YEARS ON: BACK TO YASGUR'S FARM, a 77-song, six-CD boxed set that features the most comprehensive collection ever available of artists that performed at the original festival, sequenced in chronological order of performance, featuring 38 previously unreleased recordings, including the Grateful Dead, The Who, Tim Hardin, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish, and others.
To assemble the most comprehensive document of the myth-steeped weekend, the boxed set's co-producer Andy Zax pored over every inch of multitrack tape in search of the strongest parts of each of the 33 sets. 'The way we approached all of the material was as if it was a cinema verite documentary-the raw record of the event,' Zax says. In addition to the music, the set offers considerable amount of ancillary material sprinkled throughout the discs-stage announcements, lysergic babble, the sounds of rain, a cameo appearance by Abbie Hoffman, and the graciousness of Max Yasgur's address to the crowd, heard for the first time in its entirety.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • 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: Rhino
  • ASIN: B002E2QHBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sound quality is greatly improved.
BLOOD, SWEAT, & TEARS: Their last song, "You've Made Me So Very Happy," and they sound really good here.
M. McKay
I have really enjoyed hearing this set.

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270 of 272 people found the following review helpful By M. McKay on August 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an incredible set! The best Woodstock collection yet! The sound quality is stellar. The packaging? Fantastic! Similar to Rhino's "Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970" but with the CD's in plastic DVD length cases, so no worry about scratching your CD's. I would like to give this set four and A HALF stars, just shy of five. Why only four and a half and not five? Well, first off, it can't be helped that Keef Hartley Band, Ten Years After, and The Band backed out of being a part of this collection. I'm sure Rhino tried all they could, but what can you do? What I'm at a loss about is the repeated inclusion of CSN&Y's non-Woodstock performance of "Sea Of Madness." It's been established that this performance was at the Fillmore East a week later from the festival. Why couldn't "Blackbird," "Mr. Soul," or "Helplessly Hoping" been included instead? Anyways, the included booklet is awesome featuring the COMPLETE listing of Woodstock performers and their complete sets for the first time! FINALLY! This set is 6-CDs long so are you ready for this? Here we go.


1. RITCHIE HAVENS: The remix makes his performance sound much more intimate and close.
2. SWEETWATER: Better than expected! "Look Out" ROCKS and "Two Worlds" is faster than the studio version.
3. BERT SOMMER: To have left this guy off for 40 years is criminal! A BEAUTIFUL, inspired sounding acoustic set. What a voice!
4. TIM HARDIN: Tim is all his disheveled glory. "Simple Song Of Freedom" will make you smile and cry at the same time.
5. RAVI SHANKAR: I've heard better from Ravi (Monterey, etc.), but this rather short raga is good.
6. MELANIE: A POWERFUL three songs from the raspy voiced singing/songwriting princess of the early '70s.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 11, 2009
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Wow! As a stand-alone overview,this is a fantastic release.

Six discs crammed (almost 8 hours-still only 1/5 of all the music) with exciting music from great artists. An 80 page large-format book,filled with wonderfully printed color and b&w photographs from the festival. A written introduction by producer Andy Zax,who originally wanted to release all the music from Woodstock-on 30 discs. And notes by Bud Scoppa detailing events over the three days and the era in general. There is a set list of the performers,and who played what instrument in this collection,and a complete list in chronological order of all the performers/songs played at Woodstock.

There's great unreleased music from artists (COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH,Tim Hardin among others) heard on previous Woodstock releases. But listeners,finally,get to hear people/groups (the great Bert Sommer,THE GRATEFUL DEAD),plus,full-length versions of already released songs,and authentic sets (MOUNTAIN,Ravi Shankar) not heard on past releases-all in improved sound. The tracks have been remastered and are clean and crisp-yet still retain their original warmth and immediacy. Another plus is that the performances are heard in the original order as experienced at the three day festival. This brings listeners closer to what actually happened,which gives this collection even more weight.

Combine all this with Max Yasgur's complete speech to "the kids",Abbie Hoffman's attempt at politicizing the crowd and THE WHO's Pete Townshend's words to that attempt,the sometimes humorous yet very atmospheric stage announcements and sounds from the festival,and it all adds up to a stunning collection.

The packaging is similar to Rhino's hardcover "Love Is The Song We Sing:S.F.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 14, 2009
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...but it looks as if this is as close as we're going to get. In the accompanying booklet, Andy Zax, the compiler of this magnificent box set, begins by telling us: "When we began working on this project four years ago, the original intention was to try to put out all three days' worth of music from the festival on 30 CD's. Though we were able to locate, assemble and reconstruct about 99% of the music from Woodstock...some rather non-Aquarian logistical realities ultimately dictated that this project would take a slightly less sprawling form".

1960's, meet the 2000's...

That said, this collection, which brings us about a fifth of what went down (musically) at the festival, is sonic heaven. The remixes are brilliant, the sound crisp and vibrant. Though some of the performances were a little, ahem, muddy (I'm looking at you, Sweetwater), the box is on the whole cheap at twice the price. I only wish I could get the thought of the whole festival on 30 CD's out of my head. Sigh...

I personally have created a not-too-shabby Woodstock playlist on my Ipod by combining this box with the missing performances from the 25th anniversary set (TYA, The Band, etc.), the Sly/Airplane/Winter/Joplin/Santana shows from the Woodstock Experience box, the complete Hendrix show, and a few odds and ends from my collection (such as John Sebastian's complete performance from his Rhino Handmade set).

Still, though, I just can't stop thinking about those 30 CD's. Maybe someday...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Benson on September 3, 2009
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First of all, the sound, remastering, packaging, and previously unissued material is all excellent. Anyone interested in Woodstock, whether you own the previous music releases or not, should definitely get this new 40th anniversary set. It's well worth the price. My only complaints, like others who have reviewed it, are regarding what's missing. I wouldn't have minded more disks in the set--which could have been done--to include all the stuff that was on the previous Woodstock releases (the first album, "Woodstock Two", and the 25th Anniversary set) that has mysteriously been left off this set. For example, the crowd rain chant is not here on the new set, and that is a seminal part of the "experience." We're also missing some of the stage announcements and non-music sound bytes that were on the first two albums. I understand there was some rights issues for not including some bands (Ten Years After "I'm Going Home" not included), which is stupid on the band managements' part... but still. This set *should* have been a compilation--remastered--of everything that had been released before (so we could unload the previous releases at a used shop or on ebay) as well as the new stuff. I would have welcomed a 10-disk set or even more, it would have been worth it. That said, the producers of this set should still be complimented on an excellent job of presenting the best possible quality for these historical recordings.
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I Was Physically There!
Fascinating, isn't it, that in spite of all our advances in global communication and technology, we find actual social interaction awkward, friendships increasingly harder to make (and maintain), and true intimacy virtually unattainable! We sure could use a Woodstock now, huh? (Even better, a... Read More
Jul 10, 2009 by Craig A. Buxton |  See all 18 posts
"The complete and accurate set lists"
I don't have the booklet yet but this is the track listing of the 6 CD box set from Rhino web page. Rhino claims the acts are cut in the order performed...e.g., dispells Country Joe's claim (for years apparently) that he performed after Riche Havens on day one, not on day two per this new box... Read More
Aug 10, 2009 by Billy D |  See all 18 posts
will you like this box set?!?!
I just hope the sound is better than the 4CD set that came out for the 25th Aniversary. The sound on that box set seemed "muddy" to me, although it's been a while since I pulled it out and listened to it. I just got the Jefferson Airplane CD, and the sound quality was very good. ... Read More
Jul 6, 2009 by airguitar1 |  See all 14 posts
Sonic problems, innacurate listings
The (apparently few) errors in the booklet are indeed regrettable.

As to the sonics, these are (by today's technology standards) old recordings made under less-than-ideal conditions. I am on the fourth disc of the set right now, and all the music I have heard so far has been crystal clear. The... Read More
Aug 14, 2009 by James Remsen, Jr. |  See all 5 posts
Song list
Glad you posted the songs. Unfortunately, we barely heard a thing, as we were a million miles away from the stage, literally lost in space and time (my cheap Timex was ripped off!).
Jul 7, 2009 by Portlandia Citizen |  See all 16 posts
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