50 Jahre Woodstock
Umfassend kostspielig

Kein Jahr vergeht, in dem nicht mit speziellen Produktveröffentlichungen an ein Jubiläum des epochalen Musikfestivals erinnert wird, das zwischen dem 15. und 18. August 1969 auf den Feldern vor dem Städtchen Bethel im US-Bundesstaat New York Kulturgeschichte schrieb.
 
Zum 50. Jahrestag von Woodstock ist dies kaum anders: Gleich mehrere CD-Boxen unternehmen den Versuch, das Festivalprogramm in einer inhaltlichen Breite abzubilden, wie dies bislang noch nie der Fall war — und bringen neben den wohl bekanntesten Shows von Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker und Ten Years After auch die Woodstock-Veteranen zurück ins Gedächtnis, deren Auftritte nicht mit Auszügen auf dem Film-Soundtrack von 1970 wenigstens angerissen wurden.

The Who, Mountain und Grateful Dead etwa, aber auch Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears und The Butterfield Blues Band, deren Konzerte zumindest zum Teil auch separat oder als Bonus-Beipack offizieller Alben zu finden sind — in wechselhafter Qualität.
 
Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden soll ab dem 28. Juni in vier Varianten zu bekommen sein:

Die Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden: The Anniversary Collection wird mit 42 Tracks auf 3 CDs oder als Set mit 5 LPs angeboten.
 
Imposantere 162 Stücke bringt die Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden: The Anniversary Experience auf 10 CDs zusammen — die Edition ist für 150 Dollar bei www.rhino.com/woodstock50 vorbestellbar und lässt erahnen, dass die edelste der konzipierten Boxen einiges kosten wird: Für schlappe 800 Dollar wird Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden: The Definite Anniversary Archive (38 CDs) zu bekommen sein.

Diese Ausführung ist auf 1969 individuell nummerierte Exemplare limitiert und erscheint in einer mit Segeltuch ausgelegten Sperrholzkiste. Zum Set gehört zudem der Festival-Film auf Blu-ray, eine Replik des Originalprogramms, ein Gitarrengurt, zwei Poster, der Reprint eines Tagebuchs, das angeblich von einem anonymen Besucher während des Festivals geschrieben wurde, zwei Foto-Drucke und Essays m renommierter Musikautoren. Ebenfalls enthalten ist ein gebundenes Exemplar von Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music, einem Buch über das Event von Michael Lang, einer der Mitorganisatoren des Festivals.
 
Die Songbestückung der erschwinglicheren Konfigurationen sind diese:

Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden: The Anniversary Experience (10 CDs)
Disc One
Richie Havens
1.       Hello!
2.       “From The Prison>Get Together>From The Prison”
3.       “High Flying Bird”
4.       “With A Little Help From My Friends”
5.       “Handsome Johnny”
6.       “Freedom”
7.       It seems there are a few cars blocking the road – John Morris
 
Sweetwater
8.       “Look Out”
9.       “Day Song”
10.    “Two Worlds”
 
Bert Sommer
11.    “Jennifer”
12.    “And When It’s Over”
13.    “America”
14.    “Smile”
15.    Let’s see how bright it can be – John Morris 
 
Tim Hardin
16.    “How Can We Hang On To A Dream”
17.    “If I Were A Carpenter”
18.    “Reason To Believe”
19.    “Misty Roses”
20.    We're a pretty big city right now– John Morris 
 
Disc Two
1.       Somebody, somewhere is giving out some flat blue acid – John Morris 
 
Ravi Shankar
2.       “Raga Manj Kmahaj”
 
Melanie
3.       “Momma Momma”
4.       “Beautiful People”
5.       “Mr. Tambourine Man”
6.       “Birthday Of The Sun”
7.       It's a free concert from now on – John Morris
 
Arlo Guthrie
8.       “Coming Into Los Angeles”
9.       Lotta freaks!
10.    “Wheel Of Fortune”
11.    “Walking Down The Line”
12.    “Every Hand In The Land”
13.    Let's just make the festival, not the other stuff – John Morris
 
Joan Baez
14.    “The Last Thing On My Mind”
15.    “I Shall Be Released”
16.    He already had a very, very good hunger strike going
17.    “Joe Hill”
18.    “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man” – featuring Jeffrey Shurtleff
19.    That brings us fairly close to the dawn – John Morris
20.    I guess the reason we’re here is music – John Morris
 
Quill
21.    “They Live The Life”
22.    “That’s How I Eat”
 
Disc Three
1.        Can those of you in the back hear well? – Chip Monck
 
Country Joe McDonald
2.       “Janis”
3.       “Donovan’s Reef”
4.       “The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag”
5.       Those wishing to be lost, those wishing to be found – Chip Monck
 
Santana
6.       “Savor”
7.       “Jingo”
8.       “Persuasion”
9.       “Soul Sacrifice”
10.    An exciting set is understandable – Chip Monck
 
John B. Sebastian
11.    “How Have You Been”
12.    “Rainbows All Over Your Blues”
13.    “I Had A Dream”
14.    “Darling Be Home Soon”
 
The Keef Hartley Band
15.    Halfbreed Medley: “Sinning For You>Leaving Trunk>Just To Cry>Sinning For You”
16.    Bring Jerry's nitroglycerin pills to the Indian Pavilion – Chip Monck
 
Disc Four
1.       Go to Mr. Lang's office right away – Chip Monck
 
The Incredible String Band
2.       “Invocation”
3.       “The Letter”
4.       “Gather ‘Round”
5.       “When You Find Out Who You Are”
6.       If things aren't going well for you or whatever – Chip Monck & Hugh Romney
 
Canned Heat
7.       “Going Up The Country”
8.       “Woodstock Boogie”
9.       Can we have a little juice on this other microphone, please? – Bob Hite & Chip Monck
10.    “On The Road Again”
11.    It’s your own trip – Chip Monck
 
Disc Five
1.       We'll take care of that right away – Chip Monck
 
Mountain
2.       “Theme For An Imaginary Western”
3.       “Long Red”
4.       “Who Am I But You And The Sun (For Yasgur’s Farm)”
5.       “Southbound Train”
6.       Open your eyes wide – Chip Monck & Joshua White
7.       So many people have been able to participate in such a debacle – Ken Babbs
 
Grateful Dead
8.       “Mama Tried”
9.        It’s a sinister plot! – Ken Babbs, Country Joe McDonald, et al
10.    “Dark Star”
11.    “High Time”
12.     You're carrying Janis's wah-wah pedals – John Morris
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival
13.    “Green River”
14.    “Bad Moon Rising”
15.    “I Put A Spell On You”
16.    It’s going to be a very long evening – Chip Monck
 
Disc Six
Janis Joplin
1.       “To Love Somebody”
2.       “Kozmic Blues”
3.       “Piece Of My Heart”
4.       Music's for grooving, man
5.       “Ball And Chain”
6.       Just in case you should get any ideas about leaving – Chip Monck
 
Sly & The Family Stone
7.       Medley: “Everyday People>Dance To The Music>Music Lover>I Want To Take You Higher”
8.       Are you supposed to be up there rapping? No, man. – Abbie Hoffman & stagehand
 
The Who
9.       “I Can’t Explain”
10.    “Pinball Wizard”
11.     I can dig it – Abbie Hoffman & Pete Townshend
12.    “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
13.    “Shakin’ All Over”
14.    “My Generation”
15.    Welcome this new day – Chip Monck
 
Disc Seven
Jefferson Airplane
1.       “The Other Side Of This Life”
2.       “Somebody To Love”
3.       Let’s play it out of tune – Grace Slick
4.       “3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds”
5.       “Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon”
6.       We got a whole lot of orange and it was fine – Grace Slick
7.       “Plastic Fantastic Lover”
8.       “Volunteers”
9.        If you're too tired to chew, pass it on – Hugh Romney
10.    The roads are fairly clear now – John Morris
11.     This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place – Max Yasgur
 
Joe Cocker
12.    “Dear Landlord”
13.    “Feelin’ Alright”
14.    “Let’s Go Get Stoned”
15.    “Hitchcock Railway”
16.    “With A Little Help From My Friends”
17.     Isn’t the rain beautiful? – John Morris, Barry Melton, rainstorm & audience
 
Disc Eight
Country Joe & The Fish
1.       “Rock And Soul Music”
2.       “Love”
3.       “Silver And Gold”
4.       “Rock And Soul Music” (Reprise)

Ten Years After
5.       “Help Me”
6.       “I’m Going Home”
7.       Come down and say hello to us – Chip Monck
 
The Band
8.       “Chest Fever”
9.       “Tears Of Rage”
10.    “This Wheel’s On Fire”
11.    “I Shall Be Released”
12.    “The Weight”
13.    We've just had a slight change in running order – Chip Monck
 
Disc Nine
1.       It’s really a drag – Chip Monck
 
Johnny Winter
2.       “Leland Mississippi Blues”
3.       “Mean Town Blues”
4.       “Johnny B. Goode”
5.       It just doesn't seem to be necessary – Chip Monck

Blood, Sweat & Tears
6.       “More And More”
7.       “Spinning Wheel”
8.       “Smiling Phases”
9.       “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”
 
Crosby, Stills & Nash
10.    Tell 'em who we are, man
11.    “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
12.    “Blackbird”
13.    “Marrakesh Express”
 
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
14.    “Sea Of Madness”
15.    “Wooden Ships”
16.    Bummer!
17.    “49 Bye-Byes”
 
Disc Ten
The Butterfield Blues Band
1.       “No Amount Of Loving”
2.       “Love March”
3.       “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
 
Sha Na Na
4.        Test – Chip Monck & Sha Na Na
5.       “Get A Job”
6.       “Come Go With Me”
7.       “Silhouettes”
8.       “At The Hop”
9.       “Duke Of Earl”
10.    “Get A Job” (Reprise)
11.    Thank you for making all this possible – Chip Monck
 
Jimi Hendrix
12.    “Hear My Train A Comin’”
13.    “Izabella”
14.    “The Star Spangled Banner>Purple Haze”
15.    Good wishes, good day, and a good life – Chip Monck

 
Woodstock 50 — Back To The Garden: The Anniversary Collection (auch als 5-LP Version erhältlich)
Disc One
1.       “Handsome Johnny” – Richie Havens 
2.       “Freedom (Motherless Child)” – Richie Havens
3.       Everybody’s ground getting comfortable? – John Morris
4.       “Reason To Believe” – Tim Hardin 
5.       It’s deadly serious, man – John Morris 
6.       “Coming Into Los Angeles” – Arlo Guthrie 
7.       Lotta Freaks! – Arlo Guthrie 
8.       “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man” – Joan Baez With Jeffrey Shurtleff 
9.       Please come down – Chip Monck 
10.    “The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag” – Country Joe McDonald
11.    “Jingo” – Santana
12.    “Soul Sacrifice” – Santana
13.    Helen Savage, please call your father – Chip Monck
14.    “Darling Be Home Soon” – John B. Sebastian
15.    It’s not poison! – Hugh Romney 
16.    “Going Up The Country” – Canned Heat
17.    “On The Road Again” – Canned Heat 
 
Disc Two
1.       Country common sense! – Chip Monck, Country Joe Mcdonald, Ken Babbs 
2.       “Dark Star” – Grateful Dead 
3.       We’ve got the keys to your house – John Morris 
4.       “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5.       “I Put A Spell On You” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6.       “Kozmic Blues” – Janis Joplin
7.       “Piece Of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
8.       Medley: “Dance To The Music>Music Lover>I Want To Take You Higher” – Sly & The Family Stone
9.       “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who
10.    “My Generation” – The Who
11.    “Somebody To Love” – Jefferson Airplane
12.    “Volunteers” – Jefferson Airplane
13.    We must be in heaven, man! – Hugh Romney
 
Disc Three
1.       I think you people have proven something to the world – Max Yasgur
2.       “With A Little Help From My Friends” – Joe Cocker
3.       Looks like we’re gonna get a little bit of rain – John Morris
4.       “I’m Going Home” – Ten Years After
5.       “The Weight” – The Band
6.       “Spinning Wheel” – Blood, Sweat & Tears
7.       “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
8.       “Sea Of Madness” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
9.       “Wooden Ships” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
10.    “Love March” – The Butterfield Blues Band
11.    “At The Hop” – Sha Na Na 
12.    It’s been a delight seeing you – Chip Monck