Sunday, September 10, 2006

Number 827 - Arlo Guthrie



Number 827

Arlo Guthrie

"Coming into Los Angeles"

(1968)
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Genre:Folk Rock
Hippies!

I am a product of the swinging 60s you could say, but luckily (unluckily?) not the hippy movement otherwise my name would have been "Moonbeam" or "Runs With Kittens".
However, i am heavily influenced by the music from that time and can only ponder what it must have been like being a teenager in such a radical time period socially and musically.
"Woodstock", it appears, seems to be a one off phenomenon with maybe only "Live Aid" being its closest cousin. What was Woodstock like? Sure we have the videos of that event, but i am sure it doesn't quite capture what it must have been like being there in person.
Next question must be.... Does anybody who went actually remember the concert??? (Mind you i went to see Pink Floyd in '88 and all i can remember was flying beds and a ginormous pig!)

" Woodstock was really rock's first "coffee table" album. Bought by millions but not really listened to that often, it's amid a flood of wrong notes and the inherent flaws in recording live in front of hundreds of thousands of people in a temporary, makeshift venue. It was more satisfying for journalists and scholars than for ordinary listeners, what with its artists represented by one or two tracks and no more than 15 minutes of music by any single performer. But it did sell in the millions (and yielded a follow-up, Woodstock 2), fueled by the mystique surrounding the event and the release of the accompanying movie, and at times it did have a certain amount of energy to help drive it. There were some telling moments: the second-ever public appearance by Crosby, Stills & Nash, not in great voice but surprisingly adequate given that they were trying to harmonize in front of 250,000 people, and the introduction of Neil Young as the fourth member of the group; Joan Baez, at her most politically defiant and at the height of her reach with younger audiences, doing what is probably the definitive version of Gram Parsons' "Drugstore Truck Driving Man"; Canned Heat near the end of the road for its classic lineup; Joe Cocker on his way up the superstar ladder; Jefferson Airplane near the end of its classic era; and Jimi Hendrix in one of his biographically (if not musically) transcendant public appearances. The original, domestic triple-LP vinyl version had notoriously noisy pressings, and the original master suffered from all of the sound leakages and other defects inherent in recording live in the open air in front of several hundred thousand people."
"In 1995, the Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music [25th Anniversary] four-CD box appeared, combining virtually all the key parts of both sets remastered from original analog source tapes using the latest technology, plus previously unissued songs by Janis Joplin, Tim Hardin, and others. A little earlier and less visibly, the Woodstock two-CD set reappeared in August 1994 in a narrow, double jewel-case package, also remastered from the best tape sources. The latter version is a serious choice for those unwilling to buy the box (or who want CSNY's "Wooden Ships," which didn't make it onto the four-disc set), recapturing the original release's mystique and also getting listeners up close and personal with most of the music, crunchy electric guitars everywhere and a sound so tight you can almost hear the action on Spencer Dryden's drum kit during the Airplane's "Volunteers." Richie Havens' "Freedom" (which is really a rewrite of "Motherless Child") and Arlo Guthrie's "Comin' Into Los Angeles" give listeners about the same level of intimacy on their acoustic guitars. And listening to CSNY's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," while it might not be the group's best harmonizing or tightest performance, Stephen Stills does one hell of a great job and offers a sample of what he'd deliver on his stunning first solo album a little down the road."
Of the 250,000 (I thought it was 450,000) people who went (and still alive today) you are pretty much, in a special group of people. I would be surprised if you don't have a club with all the trims & pins. That day when you chose to go to Woodstock the Concert, it made you a prestigious unique lot. I envy every single one of you.
For Jimi Hendrix see Number 718
For Joe Cocker see Number 633
For Canned Heat see Number 937
For Neil Young see Number 677 & Number 938
For Crosby, Stills & Nash see Number 660
For Pink Floyd see @ Mellow Mix Vol 1 Number 138
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (*puff*) and the album at number (*huh? ... Toke*)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 62.6 out of 108
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Pierre said...

I was at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 - does that count? Maybe not. Worth a try anyway.
Pierre

12:34 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Yes it does count, but did you remember it? That was the question (at least i think it was *scratches head*)

9:48 pm  
Anonymous PerilousPierre said...

I will never forget it because it happened soon after a uni friend had invited me to go to a new festival at a place in the West Country called Glastonbury - and I turned it down! I don't have many regrets in life but that has to rank as one of the biggest. I think I was still reeling from taking part in the march against Vietnam in central London. We were making history and didn't even realise it.
Pierre

12:53 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Yes, i read about the London marches against Vietnam and i also realise what it was like to be making history. You may have heard about the "Famous Springbok tour of 81" when this country (NZ) was in unrest. There is a famous picture (somewhere) when Police had a barricade against protesters and between them was large waste bins where i sat in the middle. Sort of defined my being really. A lone fence sitter.

12:37 pm  

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