Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Review - Various - Taking Woodstock OST

Various - Taking Woodstock OST

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8 out of 10

If the film is half as good as its soundtrack, it'll be doing very well. A very well-chosen collection of famous, not-so famous and infamous tracks, with snippets of newly-recorded instrumental atmospherics which fit right in (Opening makes more than a nod towards the unsurprisingly-absent Hendrix, for example).

Worth a punt for a decent idea of what all the fuss was about all those years ago and also to realise how little we have progressed as a species since then - still fighting needless wars, still taking too many bad drugs, still holding muddy music festivals (although any protest against the former during the latter is swamped by a combination of gross over-consumption and the long truncheon of the law, of course).

Can you imagine anyone doing the kind of audience participation now that Country Joe managed then? I can't. Oh, and there's a bonus in the form of actual Woodstock opener Richie Havens supplying a new version of Freedom, forty years on, lacking no power, passion or drive. Ang Lee directed the film. All together, now - 'Don't make me Ang Lee. . .'


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

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