Woodstock Gets Its "Most Comprehensive" Box Set

Woodstock Gets Its "Most Comprehensive" Box Set
While the powers that be are hard at work on another newfangled Woodstock, this year's 40th anniversary of the legendary music festival is also rife with new releases. Among them is 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm, a six-disc, 77-track box set. The box, which includes 38 unreleased tracks, will be released on August 18 via Rhino.

"This will be the most comprehensive collection of Woodstock music yet," says vice-president of A&R Cheryl Pawelski in an interview with Billboard. "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."

Besides keeping tracks intact even where the film's original soundtrack dubbed over better performances, the compilers also researched the songs to keep them in chronological order.

Unfortunately, the near-perfect artifact is made slightly incomplete by the reluctance of the Band and Ten Years After to license their work to the set. Besides those minor exclusions, however, this is as close as you can possibly get to experiencing the legendary fest in full.

40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm tracklisting:

Disc 1:

1. "Handsome Johnny" - Richie Havens
2. "Freedom (Motherless Child)" - Richie Havens
3. "Choppity Choppity"- John Morris
4. "Look Out" - Sweetwater
5. "Two Worlds"- Sweetwater *
6. "Jennifer" - Bert Sommer *
7. "And When It's Over"- Bert Sommer *
8. "Smile" - Bert Sommer *
9. "There Goes Marilyn!"- John Morris
10. "Hang On To A Dream" - Tim Hardin *
11. "Simple Song Of Freedom" - Tim Hardin *
12. "Flat Blue Acid"- John Morris
13. "Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital" - Ravi Shankar *
14. "Momma Momma" - Melanie *
15. "Beautiful People" - Melanie
16. "Birthday Of The Sun" - Melanie
17. "Coming Into Los Angeles" - Arlo Guthrie ***
18. "Wheel Of Fortune" - Arlo Guthrie *
19. "Every Hand In The Land" - Arlo Guthrie *
20. "All You Funny People"- John Morris

Disc 2:

1. "Joe Hill"- Joan Baez
2. "Sweet Sir Galahad"- Joan Baez
3. "Hickory Wind" - Joan Baez *
4. "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" - Joan Baez w/Jeffrey Shurtleff
5. "Bring Scully His Asthma Pills"- John Morris
6. "Insulin" & Quill Intro- John Morris
7. "They Live The Life" - Quill *
8. "That's How I Eat"- Quill *
9. "I Understand Your Wife Is Having A Baby"- Chip Monck
10. "Donovan's Reef" - Country Joe McDonald *
11. "The 'Fish' Cheer"/"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" - Country Joe
McDonald
12. "Persuasion" - Santana
13. "Soul Sacrifice" - Santana
14. "How Have You Been"- John B. Sebastian
15. "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" - John B. Sebastian
16. "I Had A Dream" - John B. Sebastian
17. "The Letter" - Incredible String Band *
18. "When You Find Out Who You Are" - Incredible String Band *
19. "She Is Lost"- Chip Monck

Disc 3:

1. "We're In Pretty Good Shape"- Chip Monck
2. "Going Up The Country" - Canned Heat
3. "Woodstock Boogie" - Canned Heat **
4. "The Brown Acid Is Not Specifically Too Good"- Chip Monck
5. "Blood Of The Sun" - Mountain ***
6. "Theme For An Imaginary Western" - Mountain ***
7. "For Yasgur's Farm" - Mountain *
8. "For Those Of You Who Have Partaken Of The Green Acid"- Chip Monck
9. "Green Acid Advice"- Jerry Garcia & Country Joe McDonald
10. "Dark Star" - Grateful Dead *
11. "Green River"- Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. "Bad Moon Rising"- Creedence Clearwater Revival *
13. "I Put A Spell On You" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Disc 4:

1. "Work Me, Lord" - Janis Joplin
2. "Ball And Chain" - Janis Joplin
3. Medley: "Dance To The Music"/"Music Lover"/"I Want To Take You Higher"-Sly & The Family Stone
4. "The Politics Of The Situation"- Abbie Hoffman
5. "Amazing Journey" - The Who *
6. "Pinball Wizard" - The Who *
7. Abbie Hoffman vs. Pete Townshend
8. "We're Not Gonna Take It" - The Who **
9. "The Other Side Of This Life" - Jefferson Airplane *
10. "Somebody To Love"- Jefferson Airplane
11. "Won't You Try"/ "Saturday Afternoon"- Jefferson Airplane
12. "We Got A Whole Lot Of Orange"- Grace Slick
13. "Volunteers" - Jefferson Airplane
14. "Breakfast In Bed For 400,000"- Wavy Gravy
15. "It Just Keeps Goin'"- John Morris
16. Max Yasgur Speaks

Disc 5:

1. "Feelin' Alright"- Joe Cocker *
2. "Let's Go Get Stoned"- Joe Cocker
3. "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Joe Cocker
4. "Rock & Soul Music"- Country Joe & The Fish
5. "Love" - Country Joe & The Fish *
6. "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine"- Country Joe & The Fish *
7. "Summer Dresses"- Country Joe & The Fish *
8. "Silver and Gold"- Country Joe & The Fish *
9. "Rock & Soul Music" (Reprise)- Country Joe & The Fish *
10. "Leland Mississippi Blues" - Johnny Winter *
11. "Mean Town Blues" - Johnny Winter
12. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"- Blood Sweat & Tears *

Disc 6:

1. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" - Crosby Stills & Nash
2. "Guinnevere"- Crosby Stills & Nash
3. "Marrakesh Express" - Crosby Stills & Nash
4. "4 + 20" - Crosby Stills & Nash
5. "Sea Of Madness" - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
6. "Wooden Ships" - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
7. "No Amount Of Loving"-The Butterfield Blues Band *
8. "Love March" - The Butterfield Blues Band
9. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" - The Butterfield Blues Band
10. "Get A Job" - Sha Na Na *
11. "At The Hop" - Sha Na Na
12. "Get A Job" (Reprise) - Sha Na Na *
13. "The Star Spangled Banner"- Jimi Hendrix
"Purple Haze"- Jimi Hendrix
"Woodstock Improvisation"- Jimi Hendrix
14. "Woodstock Farewell"- Chip Monck

*Previously Unissued
**Previously Unissued Full-Length Version
***Previously Unissued Woodstock Recording