Off work for the coming week so thought I’d start by making my life easier for when I go back. A mega-ironing session taking on all my work and casual shirts needed some serious long playing music to accompany it so I went for a classic treble LP.
This is one of those records that has been with me for decades and survived house moves in amazingly good condition (having said that the last time we moved the company refused to take my record collection because they were worried about insurance and I had to move it myself). It would have been late 70s/early 80s I bought this off of the back of seeing the Woodstock movie on BBC2. From what I remember it was either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when they used to stick on some arty or trendy film (presumably as there was such a small back catalogue for them to choose from then), interestingly the film wasn’t censored despite the time of day – The Fish Cheer was there full volume.
Listening to this in one sitting means that it really works, the music, announcements (don’t forget to watch out for the brown acid), crowd chants, thunderstorms all link together to form a whole that is so much more than a sum of its parts – it even makes Sha-Na-Na palatable (I also like to think that their Woodstock appearance was ironic, I know it wasn’t but it helps me).
The group that blew me away the first time I saw the film, and still do, was Ten Years After……………..
Various Artists – Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More – Triple Vinyl (1970)
- John B Sebastian – I Had a Dream
- Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
- Richie Havens – Freedom
- Country Joe & The Fish – Rock and Soul Music
- Arlo Guthrie – Coming Into Los Angeles
- Sha-Na-Na – At The Hop
- Country Joe McDonald – The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
- Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff – Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man
- Joan Baez – Joe Hill
- Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Sea Of Madness
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Wooden Ships
- The Who – We’re Not Going To Take It (See Me, Feel Me part only)
- Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
- The Crowd – Crowd Rain Chant
- Santana – Soul Sacrifice
- Ten Years After – I’m Going Home
- Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers
- Sly & The Family Stone – Medley: Dance To The Music/Music Lover/I Want To Take You Higher
- John B Sebastian – Rainbows All Over Your Blues
- Butterfield Blues Band – Love March
- Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner
- Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze & Instrumental Solo
Rate – 5/5
Listening Since Day One
CDs – 14, Vinyl Singles – 14, LPs – 9, Downloads – 5, Total Tracks: 307, Time: 22h 35m 36s