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“The Woodstock Experience” by Johnny Winter

Artist: Johnny Winter
Title: “The Woodstock Experience”
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 6/30/2009
Genre: Blues Rock
Rating: 4/5

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, Sony Legacy has released a number of special recordings under the title of “The Woodstock Experience”. While available as a limited edition boxed set, the five recordings are also available separately. Each comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard slipcase that houses the album that the artist had released or been supporting at that time in 1969 along with a second CD that features their full Woodstock Festival performance. They are placed in mini-album covers and where the original album is a complete replica, the Woodstock set offers historical liner notes about the gig. It also features a poster of the artist that was taken at the show. The five releases present Johnny Winter, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Sly & The Family Stone. As we did not have the limited edition box set we are instead offering up views on the releases on a one by one basis. Here are our thoughts on the “Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience” CD.
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“Woodstock” Original Soundtrack from the Film (remaster) by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Woodstock” Original Soundtrack from the Film (remaster)
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 6/2/2009
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4/5

On August 15th through August 18th 1969, the town of Bethel Woods, NY was host to a legendary Rock music and art festival called Woodstock. It was a gathering like no other and over the course of its three days found almost 500,000 people in attendance as some of the greatest acts in Rock music history assembled for the event. This CD captures the original soundtrack of the film and of course its two CD’s are only a minute sampling of what went down during this festival but if you are a fan of the film and own the release then this is the perfect audio companion for it. I felt that it also gives the younger fans a chance to absorb some of what actually happened had they any curiosity. As a film, this was an Oscar winning documentary which is now in the beginning stages of its 40th anniversary and among the many releases that will celebrate its history we get a remastered edition of the films soundtrack. Should you be one of those folks who still have the original three vinyl edition in your collection somewhere, by getting a copy of this CD, you can give those disks a breather and let them absorb some honor in your vintage library. Even though this is but a sample of the three days of music we have a lot of amazing treats on it and many songs that put bands on the map and found their careers forever changed as a result.
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