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Various Artists - A Taste of Woodstock Vols. 1 and 2

A Taste Of Woodstock
Vols. 1 & 2

Various Artists

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch

If the word "Woodstock" related to music reminds you of the 60's and 70's, then you are getting what this CD is about. More than anything this two CD set sounds like an FM radio broadcast from that era. The most well-known artist (at least to me) in this compilation is Tom Pacheco. Although he has made an impressive carreer in Europe, he is hardly a household name in the U.S. He opens the second disc, with There Was A Time where everything was better, a time that can only exist when you remember it:
There was a time when people would share
whatever they had with friends who were there
There was a time when rivers run clear
There was a time when your job was secure
etc... etc...

Well, there was a time when music had meaning and mega-corporations hadn't put their hands on it and destroyed all possiibility of marketing great music. The music here reminded me of that time, when, also, great singers died from overdoses of heroin and bands disbanded in courts.

We have here tracks that could fit into a good record of "The Band", two great feminine voices, Kelly Ward and Liana Turner, each one could have been a Janis Joplin once, great Motown sound courtesy of Ras Ashebar, plain rock from Dave Mason (not the more famous one from Traffic and Alone Together), folk, bluegrass, and even Reggae.

All the artists live around Woodstock and for $15 for these two fully filled CDs it's one of the best ways to travel in time to when music was had a meaning other than earning a leaving.

I mostly enjoyed listening to this CD in the car, it's great travel music and I hope we'll hear more from many of the artists here.

The Artists:

      CD Volume 1
  • Jesse Moore
  • Bar Scott
  • John Herald
  • Diana Jones
  • Marc Black
  • Michael Veitch
  • Bill Augustine & Malcolm Cecil
  • Greg Garay
  • Poli Cecil
  • Metro Gnome
  • John Berenzy
  • Karen Whitman & Rick Pantell
  • Anna Cheek
  • Justin Love
  • Backward Dog
  • Valen Swenson
  • The Bernstein Brothers
  • Shelly Pinz
      CD Volume 2
  • Tom Pacheco
  • Kelly Ward
  • Ras T. Ashebar
  • Bat
  • Carl Mateo
  • The Stuffettes
  • Dave Mason
  • Liana Turner
  • Paul Kwiecinski
  • Rosemary Camera
  • Andrew Colyer
  • Fiddlin Lew Salinger
  • Barbara T. Paras
  • Chef Ric
  • Sara Carmody
  • Carolyn Baxter (Trickbaby)
  • The Princes of Serendip
  • The Upset

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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