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4.0 out of 5 stars What, no Ten Years After?, 27 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Woodstock 40 Years on: Back to Yasgur's Farm (Audio CD)
This is the first time I've felt impelled to write a review. Woodstock influenced my tastes in music at the time (I was 18) and ever since. I don't know about anyone else but one of the highlights of the original set was the spellbinding performance of I'm Going Home by Ten Years After. It was certainly one of the highlights of the movie; arguably THE highlight. Amazingly, for some reason, it has been omitted from this, what should have been the ultimate record of the event. There's no space for it on six jampacked CDs. Obviously perfomances by Quill (who?) , Sweetwater (who?) and Bert Sommer (WHO?) rate a higher priority. Nothing else seems to be missing from the original. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief.

That said, it's otherwise a package worth investing in, with some never-before released performances and an informative booklet which includes, for the first time, the playlist for the entire three days. Turn on, tune in, drop out.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2013 17:57:15 BDT
I suspect that the omission of 'I'm Going Home' has something to do with all the old rock'n'roll hits that are quoted within it. There are probably copyright problems associated with getting the agreement of all the different copyright owners, and agreeing what percentage of the royalties each should receive. I suspect that no one bothered with this first time around!

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 10:02:23 BDT
tenpasteight says:
I agree with you Robo, a very sad and obvious omission. It wasn't my personal highlight, but defo in my top 5 from the original film. Once again we learn that R&R is all about money and never art

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 20:40:01 GMT
Dallison says:
Jesus, that is shameful....

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 14:42:35 GMT
tenpasteight says:
Yes I bet you are right. But still a crying shame. The starting point for this release should have been the entirety of Woodstock I & II,,,,, w**kers!!!!

Posted on 22 May 2014 19:58:50 BDT
I. M. Ellis says:
Ten Years After themselves were responsible for their exclusion. For some reason they didn't want to be part of this release. Seems odd that they would not want to be represented. I think it was seeing the original Woodstock DVD that made me buy some of TYA's albums.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2014 01:12:57 BDT
tenpasteight says:
Surprizing this, what with Alvin Lee being dead n all. Are we denied by the also rans on bass and drums? Its like Noel Redding having veto over JH stuff!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2014 10:39:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2014 10:40:26 BDT
I. M. Ellis says:
I've read elsewhere that Alvin Lee wasn't happy with the sound. I know that some Woodstock tracks were modified to get around the recording glitches at the time... and this set is the warts and all music without any subsequent overdubs. So possibly the original recording sounds rubbish in some way?? I don't know. I think it stands as one of the best live performances to come out of the festival and it's a shame it's not represented here. Alvin Lee was alive at the time of the putting together of this 40th box set. The 50th anniversary rolls round in 2019. I'm sure there will be some new product for then! Maybe it will see the light of day then on another box set. At least we have it in all its glory on the dvd.

Posted on 23 Dec 2014 22:25:48 GMT
Bert Sommer actually gave a brilliant performance at Woodstock without doubt one of the best of the entire festival. Sadly success and good health eluded Bert and he died on 1990.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2015 00:01:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2015 00:02:55 BDT
In reply to tenpasteight:-
Get a grip and do your research. Alvin Lee was alive and well when this box set was originally released in 2009. And what's your crap about "also rans on bass and drums"? Leo Lyons, Ric Lee and Chick Churchill (who played organ but you don't mention that so he must not be a considered "also ran" in your high and mighty opinion) these guys carried on with 10 Years After up until 2013 and are all in separate bands now. All doing quite well for themselves.
Also, what makes you think that the members of 10 years after own the rights to their music from 1969? The Keef Hartley band performed at Woodstock and the makers of this set wanted a track for inclusion, the members of the original band also wanted a track on this set but the owners of Keef Hartleys music refused (I know not why as I do not know why Ten Years After and also The Band (who appeared on the 25th anniversary box set of Woodstock) are not included).

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2015 14:26:52 BDT
It wasn't so much an omission rather Rhino were prevented from including TYA in this set at the eleventh hour by no less than TYA's own parent company, UMe.
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