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Matthew’s Southern Comfort (from the album The Woodstock Album available on Iain Matthews/Must Have Music) (by Bryant Liggett)
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, otherwise known simply as Woodstock, will forever be regarded as the festival of festivals. It carved a huge entry in the concert history books for not just the music, but for the traffic and crowds, rain and mud, and its significant contribution to Pop culture. (and more so, the peaceful co-existence of 500,00 people despite hurdles – ed.) It remains a massive, influential affair, so much to Iain Matthews that he and his band Matthews Southern Comfort (who enjoyed an early FM radio hit with their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”) have banged out The Woodstock Album, which features covers of some of the cuts heard on the Woodstock stage.
It's a fun cover album.
The Joe Cocker borrowed from The Beatles “With A Little Help from My Friends” is done up mellow and dramatic, and Matthews adds some slight boogie-piano bounce to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. Canned Heat’s “Going Up the Country”, thanks to a well-placed accordion, has wonderful Cajun flair, Country Joe’s “Fixin’ to Die Rag” is just as fun as it was in August of 1969, the Matthews Southern Comfort version inserting The Who’s “My Generation” (done as an intense Gospel number).
Grateful Dead’s “High Time”, Sly and the Family Stone “Everyday People”, and John Sebastian’s “Darling Be Home Soon” are well delivered chestnuts. Everyone knows the hits that came out of Woodstock, like the aforementioned Cocker cut, Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice”, and Hendrix’s performance, but Iain Matthews and band are also clueing you into The Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Tim Hardin’s performances, digging into the necessary Woodstock ‘B-Sides’ that have been overlooked. Matthews Southern Comfort does those up right. (by Bryant Liggett)
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