Various Artists - Taking Woodstock (Music CD)

Release Date: 09 November 2009
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TAKING WOODSTOCK, the 2009 comedy by director Ang Lee, was inspired by the diaries of Elliot Tiber, whose family was, by happenstance, a big part of making the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival the cultural event it was. The original score was written by Danny Elfman and is a separate release from this accompanying soundtrack. Many of the acts that performed at the festival are present here, along with some that were not and some of Elfman's own cues. The disc opens with a new recording of Richie Havens' "Freedom," which closed his set at Woodstock. It's different, but just as powerful, and certainly one of the better things here. A Hendrixian cut by Elfman follows this and then enters the studio version of Crosby, Stills & Nash's cover of "Wooden Ships." The Grateful Dead perform a live "China Cat Sunflower" (that sounds too pristine to have been recorded at the festival itself), and the Band plays a live "I Shall Be Released." Inexplicably, the Doors are here, as is Love with studio tracks we are all familiar with--"Maggie McGill" and "Red Telephone," respectively. Country Joe McDonald's "I-Feel-Like I'm Fixin'-to-Die Rag" is here, as are cuts by Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, the Jefferson Airplane, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (the latter two are studio cuts). In sum, this is an enjoyable collection of songs that reflects the era more than the festival itself, but then it's a soundtrack. It also feels like a solid memento from the film.
Release Date: 09 November 2009

1. Freedom (2009) - Havens, Richie
2. Opening
3. Wooden Ships - Crosby Stills & Nash
4. China Cat Sunflower (live) - Grateful Dead
5. Maggie M'Gill - Doors
6. Elliot's Place
7. Coming Into Los Angeles (live) - Guthrie, Arlo
8. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag (live) - McDonald, Country Joe
9. Going Up The Country (live) - Canned Heat
10. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) (live) - Joplin, Janis
11. Office 2
12. Red Telephone, The - Love
13. Beautiful People (live) - Melanie
14. I Shall Be Released (live) - Band
15. Perspective
16. One More Mile - Butterfield Blues Band
17. Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

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