Coming on August 2nd via Rhino Records is the massive new box set, Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive. The set is limited to 1,969 individually numbered copies, featuring 38 discs, 432-tracks — including 267 previously unreleased performances and featuring “a near complete reconstruction of (the 1969) Woodstock (festival) clocking in at 36 hours, with every artist performance from the festival in chronological order.”
Set for release on June 28th will be 10-CD, three-CD, and five-LP vinyl versions of the box.
According to the press release for the set:
Woodstock – Back To The Garden is housed in a screen-printed plywood box with canvas insert inspired by the Woodstock stage set up, the set also includes a Blu-ray copy of the Woodstock film, a replica of the original program, a guitar strap, two Woodstock posters, a reprint of a diary written by an anonymous attendee during the festival, two 8-by-10 prints from legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz, and essays by Andy Zax, acclaimed music scribe Jesse Jarnow, and trailblazing rock critic Ellen Sander.
The archive also contains a copy of Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music (Reel Art Press), a comprehensive new hardbound book about the event written by Michael Lang, one of the festival’s co-creators.
Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive includes full performances by:
Richie Havens Sweetwater Bert Sommer Tim Hardin Ravi Shankar Melanie Arlo Guthrie Joan Baez Quill Country Joe McDonald Santana John B. Sebastian The Keef Hartley Band The Incredible String Band Canned Heat Mountain Grateful Dead Creedence Clearwater Revival Janis Joplin Sly & The Family Stone The Who Jefferson Airplane Joe Cocker Country Joe & The Fish Ten Years After The Band Johnny Winter Blood, Sweat & Tears Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young The Butterfield Blues Band Sha Na Na Jimi Hendrix
Woodstock organizer Michael Lang said that Jimi Hendrix's manager Michael Jeffries drove a hard bargain in cementing Hendrix as the festival's closer: “One day I went to his agent's office, to try to sort of definitively try to get this done or not, and came up with the idea of offering him two shows. I wanted him to open the festival with an acoustic set, and close with the band. And I would pay him $15,000 per set. So now, he's getting $30,000. And the other problem was that I'd established this idea of alphabetical billing and everybody getting 100 percent billing, 'cause I sort of wanted this equality between everybody. And I had no problem with any other group except Jimi again, because Michael wanted him to have 100 percent star billing, and I said, 'Well, you'll get it. So will everybody else (laughs).'”
For the 10-disc set's full tracklisting, log on to: http://bit.ly/2H7Nydi