How to Relive Woodstock From the Comfort of Your Couch


“Woodstock Diary” (1994)

The third compilation of music recorded at the festival to be widely released, this time to commemorate Woodstock’s 25th anniversary. There’s no overlap between the songs on this album and those on the first two Woodstock releases.

“Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music” (1994)

The first of the boxed sets, this one with four discs of performances in chronological order.

“Woodstock” (1994) and “Live at Woodstock” (1999)

Hendrix’s set alongside his Gypsy Sun and Rainbows band at the 1969 festival was among its most memorable, especially thanks to his sprawling, irreverent rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” These two albums both capture Hendrix’s performance via slightly different edits, the latter being the more complete edition.

“Live at Woodstock” (2009)

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band provide one of the better-recorded sets from the weekend, spanning 11 songs that include the Bob Dylan cover “Dear Landlord,” the Ray Charles hits “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” as well as Cocker’s classic version of “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

“The Woodstock Experience” (2009)

This distinctive boxed set, released for the festival’s 40th anniversary, combines the complete performances of five Woodstock artists — Santana, Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and Johnny Winter — with studio albums each artist released in 1969. The collection is also available individually by artist.

“Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm” (2009)

To commemorate the festival’s 40th anniversary, Rhino assembled what was billed as the most complete collection to date of festival recordings, spanning 77 songs, six CDs and all but three of Woodstock’s artists. The songs are in chronological order, and are supplemented by plenty of interstitial commentary and crowd noise for a more transporting feel.



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