Woodstock--40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm Image

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  • Summary: The six-disc set contains the most complete recording of the musicians who performed at Woodstock in August of 1969.
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  1. There are bum notes (musicians were high, burnt or both) and bumpy mixes (recording conditions were just shy of wartime). But the result, combined with the full-length performances in the Woodstock Experience packages, is the most comprehensive and satisfying account so far of the main reason why Yasgur's acres became an instant city of freaks, including me: the music.
  2. This year's 40th anniversary of Woodstock brought many tributes and recollections, but none as satisfying as this 6-CD collection of music and more.
  3. We could have used more of the Incredible String Band or Richie Havens! But these are individual complaints. The set as it stands is the ultimate document--thus far--and will likely be for some time to come.
  4. 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm is a dandy primer and/or refresher course in why that mythic, muddy lovefest mattered, man.
  5. Dec 16, 2013
    The list of the era’s top head acts is impressive--everyone from Tim Hardin and Canned Heat to Jefferson Airplane and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Trouble is, the roll call doesn’t make much logical sense.
  6. Rhino attempts to place the focus back on the music, to put you right back there in the mud. And they succeed, man--just don't eat the brown Metamucil.
  7. For one weekend, they all happened to be picked up by a state-of-the-art Ampex tape machine. A few made history. The rest made background noise for half a million kids who behaved really, really well. That’s one for the books, all right—but not necessarily one for the ears.

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  1. PeteC
    Aug 13, 2009
    I never understood what was so meaningful about woodstock. They have been rehashing and recycling its 'best of' moments in I never understood what was so meaningful about woodstock. They have been rehashing and recycling its 'best of' moments in compilations such as this for years and years. They are all just a jangly mess with a few moments of clarity that are better heard on the source artists live album. Dont be sucked in by the Nostalgia. I was at Woodstock. I saw Hendrix. It wasn't that great. This album is another weak cash in which magazines like Rolling Stone drool over until the next Bob Dylan reissue. Expand
  2. MattK
    Aug 16, 2009
    Wow, it was so bad and I was extremely disappointed.