Taking Woodstock [Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 -- there are a number of packages on the market, and some combine both releases. 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 -- there are a number of packages on the market, and some combine both releases. 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." Though they played the festival, they were left off the six-disc box set released by Rhino in 2009, presumably for licensing reasons. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227985080
  • Catalog Number: 520987
  • Sales rank: 18,239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Freedom (2009) - Richie Havens (5:08)
  2. 2 Taking Woodstock Titles (3:28)
  3. 3 Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills & Nash (5:28)
  4. 4 China Cat Sunflower - Grateful Dead (5:33)
  5. 5 Maggie M'Gill - The Doors (4:23)
  6. 6 Elliot's Place (1:09)
  7. 7 Coming into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie (2:12)
  8. 8 I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag - Country Joe McDonald (3:11)
  9. 9 Going Up the Country - Canned Heat (3:22)
  10. 10 Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) - Janis Joplin (4:52)
  11. 11 A Happening (Office #2) (1:54)
  12. 12 The Red Telephone - Love (4:46)
  13. 13 Beautiful People - Melanie (4:26)
  14. 14 I Shall Be Released - The Band (4:01)
  15. 15 Perspective Extended (1:51)
  16. 16 One More Mile - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (3:30)
  17. 17 Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane (2:03)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Arlo Guthrie Composer
Marty Balin Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Danny Elfman Composer, Producer, Score Producer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Arthur Lee Composer
Country Joe McDonald Composer
Cheryl Pawelski Audio Production
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Melanie Safka Composer
Ang Lee Executive Producer
Christine Bergren Music Business Affairs
Jennifer Towle Engineer
James Schamus Executive Producer
Jeff Roth Audio Production
Robby Krieger Composer
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