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Taking Woodstock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Editors’ Notes

The 2009 Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock is a comedic adaptation of Elliot Tiber’s 2007 memoir by the same title (Tiber along with dairy farmer Max Yasgur allowed the famed festival to encroach on their respective properties). This collection celebrates music of the time — not just the tunes of those who played the historic event. The Doors for instance weren’t allowed to play Woodstock, but their twisted nursery rhyme “Maggie M’Gill” is here in its bluesy glory, as is Love’s “The Red Telephone” — one of the more important songs from their psychedelic baroque-pop masterpiece Forever Changes. Other standouts include a newly recorded version of Richie Havens’ “Freedom” (allegedly strummed with a matchbook instead of a guitar pick, just as he played it back in 1969) and a live version of the Band covering Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” The Deluxe Edition also contains the entire 18-track Danny Elfman score, doing an outstanding job of approximating the sound and feel of late ‘60s music without any aural anachronisms other than the obvious 21st-century-sounding production.

Customer Reviews

"Very Free And Easy!"

.."Beautiful People!"..We just saw this Magnificent Movie; And let me say (As one who was there!) To all those involved; "You Got It Right!"-"Taking Woodstock" is actually the sweet; nostalgic "Coming Of Age" story of a young man; Elliot; Who finds himself; (As Fate or Divine Intervention would have it); Right "Smack Dab In The Middle" of what would become "The Woodstock Music And Arts Festival!"-What is most telling about this (Or any of Ang Lee's films); Is what is Not Said; But Subtly Implied : Altamont; Dylan; Moonwalking; Stonewall & Vietnam!-And The Sights & The Sounds; Simply Superb!-The Music here is used very wisely & emotionally throughout; Making you identify with all the characters and their "Universal Commonality"; So poignantly termed; "3 Days Of Peace & Music!"-(Kudos to Danny Elfman; For always going that "One More Mile!")-Just Dig It! Grimmbo.

awesome display of woodstock

great movie, great choices for a soundtrack

Big Disappointment!

For those of us who were in the moment...or aspired to be...this is a big disappointment. There was such a diversity of music and this is hardly reflective of it. I actually found this to be depressing. I could not wait to see the movie...but now..not sure I want to. Better to listen to soundtrack from Almost is definitely more nostalgic and fun to listen to.

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Taking Woodstock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Rock
  • Released: Aug 21, 2009

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