Massive Woodstock 50th anniversary box set features every artist from the festival

Over 20 hours of previously unreleased music is featured on Woodstock -- Back to the Garden

woodstock back to the garden 50th anniversary box set
Woodstock — Back to the Garden box set

    It seems increasingly likely that Woodstock 50 isn’t going to happen, despite Trump’s lawyer’s best efforts. Though we won’t be celebrating the iconic festival with a new event, at least we’ll be able to relive the original one: Rhino has announced the massive Woodstock — Back to the Garden — The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive box set, due out August 2nd.

    The huge collection consists of 432 tracks spread over 38 CDs, with 267 recordings totaling over 20 hours never-before released. Each of the 32 artists who performed over the course of that legendary weekend in August 1969 is represented in chronological order, including full performances by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Band, Grateful Dead, The Who, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Even crowd and stagehand chatter from microphones setup around the festival grounds and stage announcements from stage manager John Morris and lighting director Chip Monck (like the infamous “flat blue acid” warning) have been preserved.

    (Read: Why Did American Music Festivals Almost Disappear in the 1970s and ’80s?)

    Producer Andy Zax, sound producer Brian Kehew, and mastering engineer Dave Schultz located over 60 multi-track reels recorded by Eddie Kramer and Lee Osborne, plus 100 soundboard reels taken by the stage crew. They avoided tampering with the tapes as much as possible, leaving the audio defects in place like “the sonic equivalent of heirloom tomatoes — slightly imperfect, but delicious.”


    Back to the Garden also includes the director’s cut of Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning Woodstock documentary, as well as a hardbound copy of Michael Lang’s book Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music. Other goodies like a replica of the original program, posters, photo prints, a guitar strap, and a recreation of an actual attendee’s diary are as also part of the package, all housed in a screen-printed and numbered plywood box with canvas insert. And get this, the whole thing is limited to just 1,969 copies worldwide, priced at $799.98.

    (Listen: The Cinematic Immortality of Jimi Hendrix)

    Ahead of the full set’s release, three scaled-down versions will be available on June 28th: a 10-CD Experience edition and a Collection configuration available on either five LPs or three CDs. Pre-orders for all the versions and more information can be found at the Rhino website.

    Below, find a trailer for the box set, along with the tracklist for the 10-CD version.

    Woodstock — Back to the Garden — The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive Artwork:

    woodstock 50 box set

    Woodstock — Back to the Garden — 50th Anniversary Experience Tracklist:
    Disc One
    Richie Havens
    01. Hello!
    02. From The Prison>Get Together>From The Prison
    03. High Flying Bird
    04. With A Little Help From My Friends
    05. Handsome Johnny
    06. Freedom
    07. It seems there are a few cars blocking the road – John Morris


    08. Look Out
    09. 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
    01. Somebody, somewhere is giving out some flat blue acid – John Morris

    Ravi Shankar
    02. Raga Manj Kmahaj

    03. Momma Momma
    04. Beautiful People
    05. Mr. Tambourine Man
    06. Birthday Of The Sun
    07. It’s a free concert from now on – John Morris


    Arlo Guthrie
    08. Coming Into Los Angeles
    09. 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

    21. They Live The Life
    22. That’s How I Eat

    Disc Three
    01. Can those of you in the back hear well? – Chip Monck

    Country Joe McDonald
    02. Janis
    03. Donovan’s Reef
    04. The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
    05. Those wishing to be lost, those wishing to be found – Chip Monck


    06. Savor
    07. Jingo
    08. Persuasion
    09. 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
    01. Go to Mr. Lang’s office right away – Chip Monck

    The Incredible String Band
    02. Invocation
    03. The Letter
    04. Gather ‘Round
    05. When You Find Out Who You Are
    06. If things aren’t going well for you or whatever – Chip Monck & Hugh Romney

    Canned Heat
    07. Going Up The Country
    08. Woodstock Boogie
    09. 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
    01. We’ll take care of that right away – Chip Monck

    02. Theme For An Imaginary Western
    03. Long Red
    04. Who Am I But You And The Sun (For Yasgur’s Farm)
    05. Southbound Train
    06. Open your eyes wide – Chip Monck & Joshua White
    07. So many people have been able to participate in such a debacle – Ken Babbs


    Grateful Dead
    08. 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
    01. To Love Somebody
    02. Kozmic Blues
    03. Piece Of My Heart
    04. Music’s for grooving, man
    05. Ball And Chain
    06. Just in case you should get any ideas about leaving – Chip Monck


    Sly & The Family Stone
    07. Medley: Everyday People>Dance To The Music>Music Lover>I Want To Take You Higher
    08. Are you supposed to be up there rapping? No, man. – Abbie Hoffman & stagehand

    The Who
    09. 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
    01. The Other Side Of This Life
    02. Somebody To Love
    03. Let’s play it out of tune – Grace Slick
    04. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
    05. Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
    06. We got a whole lot of orange and it was fine – Grace Slick
    07. Plastic Fantastic Lover
    08. Volunteers
    09. 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 Crocker
    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
    05. Help Me
    06. I’m Going Home
    07. Come down and say hello to us – Chip Monck


    The Band
    08. Chest Fever
    09. 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
    01. It’s really a drag – Chip Monck

    Johnny Winter
    02. Leland Mississippi Blues
    03. Mean Town Blues
    04. Johnny B. Goode
    05. It just doesn’t seem to be necessary – Chip Monck

    Blood, Sweat & Tears
    01. More And More
    02. Spinning Wheel
    03. Smiling Phases
    04. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy


    Crosby, Stills & Nash
    05. Tell ’em who we are, man
    06. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
    07. Blackbird
    08. Marrakesh Express

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    09. Sea Of Madness
    10. Wooden Ships
    11. Bummer!
    12. 49 Bye-Byes

    Disc Ten
    The Butterfield Blues Band
    01. No Amount Of Loving
    02. Love March
    03. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

    Sha Na Na
    04. Test – Chip Monck & Sha Na Na
    05. Get A Job
    06. Come Go With Me
    07. Silhouettes
    08. At The Hop
    09. 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