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The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Tim Hardin

By the end of 1969 musician Tim Hardin had seven albums to his credit.  He also had a wicked case of stage fright and a heroin addiction.

All things considered the surprise isn’t that Woodstock’s fourth performance was a short twenty-five minutes, but rather that it happened it all.

Tim Hardin was a Vietnam vet dating back to the late fifties when American soldiers deployed there were “advisers.” He was also a veteran of the Greenwich Village folk scene, but mostly he’s remembered for writing “If I Were A Carpenter.”

The few songs available from Tim Hardin’s Woodstock set are a reminder of what an enormous talent we lost when he succumbed to his heroin addiction in 1980 at age thirty-nine.  Here  is Hardin’s Woodstock set list along with where you can find official releases of his performance:

  1. (How Can We) Hang on to a Dream (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  2. Susan
  3. If I Were a Carpenter (Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music (CD))
  4. Reason to Believe
  5. You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie
  6. Speak Like a Child
  7. Snow White Lady
  8. Blues on My Ceiling
  9. Simple Song of Freedom (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  10. Misty Roses

Your official Woodstock soundtrack count to date: 13

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Update: On August 2, 2019, Rhino Records released Woodstock – Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive and changed the game forever. With exception to two Hendrix tracks and one Sha Na Na cut, the massive box set contains complete sets from every Woodstock artist—even those long believed lost or never recorded.

Here is Hardin‘s set as it appears on the Back to the Garden archive, including announcements, etc.:

1. John Morris – “Let’s see how bright it can be”
2. HOW CAN WE HANG ON TO A DREAM
3. ONCE-TOUCHED BY FLAME
4. IF I WERE A CARPENTER
5. REASON TO BELIEVE
6. YOU UPSET THE GRACE OF LIVING WHEN YOU LIE
7. SPEAK LIKE A CHILD
8. SNOW WHITE LADY
9. BLUES ON MY CEILING
10. SIMPLE SONG OF FREEDOM
11. MISTY ROSES
12. John Morris – “How is it out there?”

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