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Woodstock Generation [Sony Box]

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This three-disc set from Sony International is a truly odd one, presenting, at least in the broadest sense, the music of the so-called Woodstock Generation, and as it appears to be defined here, that would mean rock and pop singles released between 1966 and 1971. Fair enough. But some of the choices are a little unusual, and while probably no one would argue with the inclusion of Donovan, the Byrds, and Santana, it is a little harder to understand why Billy Joe Royal, Mott the Hoople, or Grin have tracks here. Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" in particular seems to suggest a post-Woodstock sensibility, even if it fits the time period. It's also curious that the version of "Somebody to Love" included in the box is not the version by Jefferson Airplane that most people are familiar with, but a version by Grace Slick's prior band, the Great Society. In a similar vein, there's Argent's version of "Time of the Season" rather than the one by the Zombies. But then Sony isn't attempting a scholarly overview of the period, obviously, so you're left with an extremely wide interpretation of what "Woodstock Generation" might mean, and at the very least, all the music you might need for an eccentric, nostalgic, and goofy theme party.

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