Flashback: Woodstock 1994


Words By Jon Irvin

This week’s flashback is more on the side of personal nostalgia than musical greatness. The first ‘live’ cd that I bought was the double disc Woodstock 94. As a huge alternative rock fan early on, Woodstock 94 presented me with some of my most memorable clips in alternative music history. I rarely took disc 1 out of my cd player, with minimal skips (Melissa Ethridge & Salt-N-Peppa) my afternoon was filled with bedroom rock outs. Starting off slowly with some choice selections from Live, Blues Traveler, Joe Cocker, and Blind Melon, the cd gradually begins to rock. The second half of the disc is filled with gems from Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Porno for Pyros, Primus, Aerosmith, and NIN.

From what I can recall and by looking at the track list online, disc 2 is filled with more of an original Woodstock feel. The Neville Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Traffic, and Peter Gabriel bring out the old while Metallica, Collective Soul, Candlebox, and Cyprus Hill brought in the new. I was 13 at the time so what can I say, Green Day rocked more than Traffic. I wish I would have had the musical appreciation to listen more to disc 2... Unfortunately I lost my copy years ago. For fans of alternative music this is a definite must own.

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