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The (Kind Of) Complete Woodstock: Arlo Guthrie

Everybody knows Arlo played Woodstock.  His stage patter is one of the highlights of Michael Wadleigh’s documentary (“The New York thru-way is closed, man!”).  What you might not know is that the version of “Coming Into Los Angeles” that appeared in the film and on the original soundtrack wasn’t Guthrie’s Woodstock performance.  Recording problems marred documentation of Arlo’s set just as weed fueled it.  Fortunately Rhino’s Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm brings us three unadulterated cuts from Guthrie’s far out set, man.

Arlo is still around at the ripe old age of sixty-five.  Keep your eyes open — he might be playing your town soon enough.  Here  is Arlo Guthrie’s Woodstock set list along with where you can find official releases of his performance:

  1. Coming Into Los Angeles (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  2. Wheel Of Fortune (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  3. Walking Down the Line (Woodstock: 25th Anniversary (box set, CD))
  4. Arlo Speech: Exodus
  5. Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
  6. Every Hand In the Land (Woodstock -40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm (CD)
  7. Amazing Grace

Your official Woodstock soundtrack count to date: 23

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

1. John Morris – “Okay, Arlo?”
2. COMING INTO LOS ANGELES
3. “Lotta freaks!”
4. WHEEL OF FORTUNE
5. WALKING DOWN THE LINE
6. THE STORY OF MOSES
7. OH MARY, DON’T YOU WEEP
8. “I was the only person, like, in this whole festival that, uh, you know, was, like, acquainted with the garbage scene”
9. EVERY HAND IN THE LAND
10. AMAZING GRACE
11. John Morris – “Ain’t nothin’ can make you high as this”

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  1. There is something about Arlo Guthrie that makes me nostalgic for a time I was waaayyy to young to remember 🙂
    And I kind of wish I’d named one of my kids Arlo.

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