Woodstock: Continued: Page 3

Day Three: Sunday, August 17

The Who

    Heaven and Hell

    I Can’t Explain

    It’s a Boy


    Amazing Journey


    Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)


    Acid Queen

    Pinball Wizard

    The Abbie Hoffman Incident

    Do You Think It’s Alright?

    Fiddle About

    There’s a Doctor

    Go to the Mirror

    Smash the Mirror

    I’m Free

    Tommy’s Holiday Camp

    We’re Not Gonna Take It

    See Me, Feel Me

    Summertime Blues

    Shakin’ All Over

    My Generation

    Naked Eye

The Who were scheduled as the second to last act (before Jefferson Airplane) to play on Saturday, August 16th. When they actually started playing it was already Sunday morning around 5:00. They played their exceptional Tommy album, a Rock Opera dealing with the struggle of a deaf, dumb and blind boy who later finds a cure and gains stardom with his messianic movement. The finale of this performance took place during sunrise at 6:05 am.

Jefferson Airplane

    The Other Side of This Life

    Somebody to Love

    3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds

    Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon

    Eskimo Blue Day

    Plastic Fantastic Lover

    Wooden Ships

    Uncle Sam Blues


    The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil

    Come Back Baby

    White Rabbit

    The House at Pooneil Corners

Jefferson Airplane was quite the biggest band of the San Francisco scene. Their roots date back to the year 1965 and by 1967 they had gained stardom. The dual and sometimes triple voice was their trademark. They combined Psychedelia as well as Blues in their songs. The Airplane became the archetype of the new, young and rebellious generation: free and successful, living together as a family (or at least as good friends), making music, taking drugs. Jefferson Airplane were scheduled as the headliner for Saturday, the second day of Woodstock, but finally started in Sunday morning around 8.00 am (or earlier).

Joe Cocker

    Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (without Joe Cocker)

    40,000 Headmen (without Joe Cocker)

    Dear Landlord

    Something’s Coming On

    Do I Still Figure in Your Life

    Feelin’ Alright

    Just Like a Woman

    Let’s Go Get Stoned

    I Don’t Need No Doctor

    I Shall Be Released

    Hitchcock Railway

    Something to Say

    With a Little Help from My Friends

Joe Cocker was the first officially scheduled act on Sunday. He went on stage at about 2.00 pm. Though Cocker was in the music business for quite a while he was hardly known. But after his triumphal success at Woodstock, the man with the soulful voice, became famous everywhere. Especially well received was the Beatles’ cover song “With a Little Help from My Friends” which was already the second performance after Richie Havens’ version on the first day. Cocker’s backing band at that time was the superb Grease Band – a formation that lasted only two years.

Country Joe & The Fish

Rock & Soul Music

    (Thing Called) Love

    Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

    Sing, Sing, Sing

    Summer Dresses

    Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife

    Silver and Gold


    The Love Machine

    Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m a Nut)

    Short Jam (instrumental)

    Crystal Blues

    Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)

    “Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

Like a few other artists of the Woodstock Festival Country Joe & The Fish have also appeared on the other major U.S. music festival of that time: The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. Since then they have released their most important albums, reformed their line-up and become severe critics of the raging war in Vietnam. Country Joe & The Fish resumed the festival after the thunder storm on Sunday, August 17th. That must have been around 6.30 pm.

Janis Joplin

    Raise Your Hand

    As Good as You’ve Been to This World

    To Love Somebody


    Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)

    Kozmic Blues

    Can’t Turn You Loose

    Work Me, Lord

    Piece of My Heart

    Ball and Chain

Janis Joplin and her former band Big Brother & the Holding Company gained stardom at the Monterey International Pop Festival 1967. Unfortunately in late 1968 she left the band to move on to a solo career. Of course, Janis ended up in Woodstock together with a full ensemble of musicians. She played in the night of Saturday to Sunday at about 2:00AM. The show was still strong but it lacked somewhat of Janis Joplin’s power and improvisation of her backing band. Nevertheless, this gig is a worthwhile document of time.

Ten Years After


    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl


    I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes

    Help Me

    I’m Going Home

The British band Ten Years After hit the stage on Sunday, August 17th at about 8.15 pm. They were known for heavy blues rock, and long guitar and drum solos. But what could have been a world-shaking performance failed due to technical reasons: the high humidity caused the instruments to go out of tune, the sound recording partially failed, and the camera team was just able to film the last song, “I’m Going Home”, an intense performance which was one of the highlights of Woodstock.

The Band

    Chest Fever

    Don’t Do It

    Tears of Rage

    We Can Talk

    Long Black Veil

    Don’t You Tell Henry

    Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos

    This Wheel’s on Fire

    I Shall Be Released

    The Weight

    Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

One of the most appreciated bands, The Band, started on Sunday, the 17th at 10.00 pm. They were known for excellent Folk-Rock, almost better than most US-based Folk bands, succeeding their mentor and former employer Bob Dylan. What can be said about this set? This is the renaissance of Folk-Rock performed at this historic musical event. “I Shall Be Released” is played so sweet that even Mr. Dylan would have smiled. The Band had only one album by hand so far: The cult album Music From Big Pink, released in 1968. They played seven of the eleven songs from that album.. “The Weight” is their last song (before the encore), a song that was already made famous by the biker movie Easy Rider.

Johnny Winter

    Mama, Talk to Your Daughter

    Leland Mississippi Blues

    Mean Town Blues

    You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now > Mean Mistreater

    I Can’t Stand It (with Edgar Winter)

    Tobacco Road (with Edgar Winter)

    Tell the Truth (with Edgar Winter)

    Johnny B. Goode

Johnny Winter is a Blues legend from Texas. He played at Woodstock at midnight on the night of Sunday to Monday (17th to 18th). Johnny Winter played an electrifying 65 minute set of his signature electric blues highlighted by slide guitar and amazing solos: “Leland Mississippi Blues”, “Mean Mistreater” and the amazing “Mean Town Blues”  The rest are cover versions from well-known Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll artists. Generally all of his performed songs are very strong and dominated by Winter’s immense guitar skills. It is questionable if the audience could grasp this music at this midnight hour (Johnny Winter started around 12:00 am) but in retrospective it is for sure a very fine concert.

Sly & The Family Stone


    Sing A Simple Song

    You Can Make It If You Try

    Everyday People

    Dance To The Music

    Music Lover

    I Want To Take You Higher

    Love City


Very late on Saturday evening, or rather Sunday morning, came Sly & The Family Stone: 3:30 am. Led by Sly Stone, they were pioneers of Funk-Rock which was still based on Soul and R&B added with some psychedelic elements as well as Gospel. The band consisted of black and white members, men and women, which weren’t that usual at that time. Given their late appearance Sly & The Family Stone were remarkably fresh and powerful. The Woodstock show is widely considered as one of their best performances.

Blood, Sweat & Tears

    More and More

    Just One Smile

    Something’s Coming on

    More Than You’ll Ever Know

    Spinning Wheel

    Sometimes in Winter

    Smiling Phases

    God Bless the Child

    And When I Die

    You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Blood, Sweat & Tears had a distinctive R&B sound and gained a huge popularity in the 60s. Their first few albums were well received and it was no big surprise that they ended up in Woodstock, too. They started around 1.30 am in the night of Sunday to Monday. So it was already the 18th of August, the last day of the festival.

Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)

    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes


    Helplessly Hoping


    Marrakesh Express

    4 + 20

    Mr. Soul

    I’m Wonderin’

    You Don’t Have to Cry

    Pre-Road Downs

    Long Time Gone

    Bluebird Revisited

    Sea of Madness

    Wooden Ships

    Find the Cost of Freedom

    49 Bye-Byes

Their first gig was on August 17, 1969 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, with Joni Mitchell as their opening act. They mentioned they were going to Woodstock the next day, but they had no idea where that was. They began their second set that night with the same line they uttered at Woodstock, “This is only the second time we’ve performed in front of people. We’re scared shitless.” They opened with “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” before launching into a harmony-drenched version of The Beatles’ “Blackbird”. Their second show was a baptism by fire at the Woodstock Festival. CSNY’s recording of the Joni Mitchell song memorializing Woodstock would later become a hit and the recording most associated with the festival.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

    Born Under a Bad Sign

    No Amount of Loving

    Driftin’ and Driftin’

    Morning Sunrise

    All in a Day

    Love March

    Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band is known as one of the few original Chicago Blues followers. In 1965 and 1966 they made their legendary albums with the original line-up: the self-titled Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Indian influenced East-West. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band played in the morning hours of Monday, the 18th. The starting time is supposed to be 6.00 am.

Sha Na Na

    Get A Job

    Come Go With Me


    Teen Angel

    Jailhouse Rock

    Wipe Out

    Blue Moon

    (Who Wrote) The Book of Love

    Little Darling

    At The Hop

    Duke Of Earl

    Get A Job (Reprise)

Sha Na Na was a Rock & Roll act that featured dancers on stage. Even for 1969 they were outdated focusing on 50ies music and outfits. The group was founded in 1968 and didn’t have an album contract by the time they played at Woodstock. They were the next to last act of Woodstock succeeded by Jimi Hendrix. They performed at 7.30 in the morning of Monday, 18th of August.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix and his band were known under several names. But besides his backing band, it was just Jimi Hendrix playing. The band was scheduled as the last performance of the festival, Sunday night. Due to several delays, they eventually played on Monday morning, 9:00AM, when most of the audience had already left.


    Message to Love

    Getting My Heart Back Together Again > Hear My Train a-Comin’

    Spanish Castle Magic

    Red House


    Lover Man

    Foxy Lady

    Beginning > Jam Back at the House


    Gypsy Woman


    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

    Stepping Stone

    Star Spangled Banner

    Purple Haze

    Woodstock Improvisation

    Villanova Junction

    Hey Joe


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