In celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, Rhino Records launched Summer of ’69 – Peace, Love, and Music campaign, which celebrates Woodstock and independent record stores. They’re releasing limited-edition vinyl reissues exclusively at indie shops throughout the Summer. From dreamy-eyed avant-garde folksters to Van The Man to psychedelic pioneers of the jam band universe, the offerings speak to the scene that came into and out of the Woodstock vibe. With so many LPs to dive into — some of which are available on vinyl for the first time in decades — it can be hard to keep track, so here are a few Summer Of ’69 highlights:
Fillmore West, February 28, 1969
The Grateful Dead
Seemingly, across Deadhead communities, this is by far one of the Dead’s best shows and full of mindboggling performances from the entire band. This second night at Fillmore West includes “(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew” and their rendition of Slim Harpo‘s, “I’m a King Bee.” Dick Latvala said “The best and most exciting G.D. show ever is without a doubt 2/28/69- Fillmore West!!!”
Neil Young and Stephen Stills‘ debut album with Buffalo Springfield features the iconic protest song “For What It’s Worth” even though the song didn’t appear on the original pressing it is included on this stereo breakout from the Buffalo Springfield boxset. In 1998, Stephen Stills lent some chill vocals for Public Enemy‘s “He Got Game” that sampled the hook from “For What It’s Worth”… from protest song to background for Ray Allen’s sweet jump shot in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game,” that’s a helluva journey.
Interesting note from the Discogs Database regarding the original pressing of “Moondance”. On all first pressings a mix of “Into The Mystic” includes Van Morrison on tambourine. This was Van’s preferred mix of the song, but due to a clerical error, all subsequent pressings, except a much later audiophile pressing, use a rejected version omitting the tambourine. He must have played the hell out of that tambourine!
In High Fidelity (2000) Rob Gordon sits behind the counter at Championship Vinyl… emotionally spent from being dumped by Laura. A young lady approaches the counter and asks… “Hey, Do you have soul?” and Rob responds, “that all depends… back row, right next to the blues.” Of course, it’s right next to the blues! We’ve all been there Rob, but some of us didn’t have Love’s “Always See Your Face” as the perfect soundtrack to our misery.