Here is the tracklist and source list for my Woodstock set. Bear in mind that I have edited together stage announcements and performances from various sources to give the most complete "build" of this material currently possible. Multiple sources have varying sound qualities, varying levels of hiss ect. I have chosen not to de-hiss much of the material as mypersonal preference is "purist" and because of the extremely variant opinions about hiss reduction techniques. I have, however, speed corrected everything!!
Everything I could find recorded from the Woodstock stage is here.
BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION... by Scott Parker
To put it mildly, the assemblage of materials required to compile the definitive record of the music performed at Woodstock ismind-boggling. Over the course of 4 years of research and many attempts at compilation, I have found myself becoming far more intimately acquainted with the events and the participants (performers and audience alike) than I ever felt I would be. My fondest hope is that this project TAKES YOU THERE to that muddy field near White Lake over that hot August weekend in 1969. I think it succeeds.Obviously a project of this magnitude involves the assistance of A LOT of people. There are people out there I may have traded a piece of tape with 10 years ago whose names I have forgotten over time. if you are among them, thank you. Couldn'ta done it without cha. Honest.
Thanks most especially to:
Kees: Who compiled the first authoritative list of Woodstock performers and setlists, andcontinues to be an inspiration as perhaps the world's foremost Woodstock expert. He continues to unearth new materials, and was a major contributor to this effort.
Darrin: Who maintains what is still one of the best Woodstock 1969 pages on the web at http://home.columbus.rr.com/woodstock1969. The first place I saw the Kees list, and a great resource.
Malcom: My old buddy, who traded me for a copyof the Who set 15 years ago and made me think that this might be possible!!
Debbie and the Vassmers of the Bethel Woodstock Museum in Kauneonga Lake, NY. I created this initially to contribute to their beautiful museum.
Brad and the good folks of the Woodstock 1969 group at Yahoo! groups. Hope you think this was worth the wait!!
Martin: A fellow Woodstock obsessive who contributed somegreat questions and pieces of info. Thanks again Martin!!
All the artists, promoters (hi AK!) and audience members who were THERE that weekend. This project is dedicated to you!!
Finally, to my good friend Kenny: you have been truly invaluable providing materials, facts, opinions, and a HUGE amount of help to The Project. Plain and simple: Without you, it just ain't Woodstock Complete!!Thanks again all. Take a bow!!
A NOTE ON THE SOUND AND SOURCES:
First of all, let it be known that I'm looking for completeness in this project and not nescessarily great quailty (although a lot of souces are the best circulating). Some sources are muddy and some are noisy and I've left them that way. I'm not a huge fan of digital noise reduction as you will hear (especially on some of the filmouttake souce material), but I'm sure you can EQ to suit your needs!!
I've used many different VCRs, CD players, cassette decks and turntables over the years in the compilation of this, and I've used CoolEditPro for editing. Some of the edits are a bit jarring, but I wanted EVERYTHING. Maybe someday someone will clean it all up a bit!!
Here's a look at the sources used:
Soundtrack LP:Although supplanted by several releases since (especially the 4-disc box) this is still a great document of the festival and gives you a real "you are there" sense. I have a soft spot for this as it's the first Woodstock music I ever heard, when my Brother-in-Law Rick brought a pirate Korean pressing home from his tour of duty in Vietnam in the mid-1970s. I've used this for a few more-complete...
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