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 Review: THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK REVIEW


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DVD/CD REVIEW: The Dutch Woodstock (Gonzo Multimedia 2013) 
It’s amazing the treasures that continue to surface from Rocks glory days! I didn’t see this one coming, partially because I don’t think many of us had ever heard of the Dutch Woodstock, otherwise known as The Holland Pop Festival. This event took place in August of 1970 and was attended by about 100,000 revelers and if you’ve seen the original Woodstock movie you will have some idea of what to expect here. Perhaps not as technically well shot as its namesake, this film does capture many of the same moments; the music, the drugs, the swimming, the nudity, the carefree lifestyle and more. The three-day festival had a great lineup of primarily UK and US bands including Santana, Pink Floyd, Country Joe, It’s A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat and more. In particular there are some unique live performances captured of The Flock, T-Rex, Soft Machine and Family. Given the film vintage it’s been pretty well preserved and the images are very strong with lots of close-ups of the band members. In fact there are very few long shots of the bands playing; it seems all the cameras were on stage. We do see lots of long shots of the crowd‘s antics but few of the musicians. The audio is nice and clean, certainly representative of the era although it does have some crowd noise peculiarities, almost as if they added in some sound effects after the fact. It’s not a big deal and in the end this is quite an amazing document. Both the DVD and the 2-disc audio CD display some great visuals and some amazing music of the late psychedelic and early progressive rock era.

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Holland pop, or the Dutch Woodstock, a three day musical fiesta held in August 1970 comes alive once more on this enlightening CD/DVD package. The footage itself may seem a bit fuzzy, still it must be remembered that this was 1970, with declining weed and LSD consumer market accompanying the hippie culture towards its final bow. While the camerawork remains debatable, it’s the music that raises the bar significantly.

The casting is incredible. Amidst all the excitement it’s the all-star lineup that grabs your nuts. With names like The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and T-Rex granting the event additional credibility, it’s the cavalry on the flanks that spawns real excitement. Standouts include the Roger Chapman fronted legendary progressive folk rock combo Family. Their appearance with “Drowned in Wine” is brief but memorable. Hearing this again brings a rush of much deserved but rarely realized recognition. Al Stewart’s “Zero She Flies” produces a fair share of authentic acoustic folk beauty, while the boastful extravagance of Dr John’s “Mardi Gras Day” remains a thing of wonder best understood in joint passing circles.

Pink Floyd are another collection highlight, lighting up “Set the Controls For the Hearth Of the Sun” with some searing psychedelia. The performance falling short of the band’s soon to emerge crown jewels, nevertheless this is scintillating stuff that will delight hard line fans. And the list goes on. Santana offers an inspired tease with “Gumbo” and Canned Heat add considerable weight to “The World Is a Tango” and the band’s take on the poignant “So Sad” is nothing less than mesmerizing.

The filming quality does leave much to be desired, still this a piece of history, and a significant one for that matter. Definitely worth cherishing.


7 out of 10

A review copy of this album was provided by the record label Gonzo Multimedia
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 Review: FRENCH REVIEW OF 'THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK'


In the late sixties, the festivals are multiplying, and if Woodstock (mid-August 69) remains etched in the memories, it was not the first nor the last to bring the big names in rock all directions confused. 26, 27 and 28 June 1970, Kralingen Music Festival offers a replica Dutch soil its U.S. model: three days of music (and love?) In a very hippie atmosphere. The label Gonzo digs, 43 years later, a testament to the Batavian festival and we proposed under the name "The Dutch Woodstock" in a DVD + 2 CD. Captured with the means of the time, the film and its soundtrack are proving very poor quality, and it is the documentary value that should appreciate. Found on stage in some formations become like Santana or Pink Floyd alongside other already known as Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds . Among the remained in the history of rock names also include Soft Machine , T-Rex or Canned Heat .

A large majority of titles on both CD exist on other live recordings of the time, and if we add to this is the poor record, we can doubt the importance of these two discs, except for inveterate collectors. DVD at least has the advantage of showing a few pictures showing one of these rallies, reflecting a pivotal time in the evolution of music and Western manners.With 97 minutes of time and sometimes only partial capture of live performances, it is far from the "real" Woodstock. Some shots are against time and we may regret, for example, to see a lot more other members of Santana that Mr. Carlos , even during his solos. On other parts of the concert footage itself is missing (probably not filmed or unusable) and were replaced by those of the public, the festival site and its surroundings. It will take comfort from this lack that the pleasure of watching those who were young hippies dive into a lake opportunity to contemplate only a few nymphs dressed in only their long hair. So here in this case crystal triple thickness testimony that n ' have little interest for collectors wanting to have a live version over "Jingo" and "A Saucerful of Secrets". At best a fun time we go to watch the film as a documentary whose value is up to its uniqueness. PS: in the setlist below, tracks 101 to 114 are those of DVD and 201-310 those of 2 CD. Chronicle written by Peter Hackett on 30.07.2013

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 Review: THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK REVIEW


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The Dutch Woodstock

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Woodstock and Altamont pretty much covered what can go right and what can go wrong at a large rock festival in America. Meanwhile, over in Europe, music festivals began cropping up left and right, with varying degrees of success. The Isle of Wight, Bath and Lincoln festivals in 1969 and 1970 brought together some of the biggest names of the day. And then there was the 1970 Kralingen Music Festival in Rotterdam. Amongst the range of popular British and American artists were some wildly eclectic acts, many shrouded in obscurity that belied their talents. The three-day festival, infused with marijuana and optional clothing, was alternately called the Holland Pop Festival and Stamping Ground (!). Now with highlights captured on a double-CD, single DVD set, you might as well just call itThe Dutch Woodstock.
From America, you had Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Santana and Country Joe - all original Woodstock veterans - along with the Byrds, It's A Beautiful Day, Dr. John, the Flock. The British artists included Pink Floyd, T-Rex, Al Stewart, Soft Machine, East of Eden, Quintessence and Family. So you had this mix of psychedelic blues and progressive rock for the 120,000 people to groove on. The two CDs feature what is apparently the best of what they could put together, seemingly from numerous sources and locations. Three rough and ready blues acts - Cuby & The Blizzards, Canned Heat and Livin' Blues - start it off before Al Stewart steps up and plucks out "Zero She Flies" before an audience of what sounds like three or four. Maybe six.
The whirlwind prog of Quintessence and East of Eden (or maybe it would be Family's Roger Chapman and his piercing vocals on "Drowned In Wine") could make your head spin in either ecstasy or muckiness, depending on how weird and out-there you want to get. One can only imagine the audience's reaction to Soft Machine's "Esther's Nose Job." Then again, when you have Pink Floyd headlining - and they were brewing up their own batch of quirkiness with "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and "A Saucerful Of Secrets" - you have to pepper the bill with similar groups. Which, of course, does nothing to explain the addition of the San Francisco groups.
At this point in time, Santana was on fire, and their blast through "Gumbo" is most definitely on par with their "Soul Sacrifice" performance at Woodstock. It's A Beautiful Day, known mostly for their breezy hit, "White Bird," unleash a fiery psychedelic jam on "Wasted Union Blues" (singer Patti Santos was just as alluring as Grace Slick). Country Joe plays it safe on the acoustic "Freedom" (no "Fixin' To Die" for this crowd), while Jefferson Airplane soars on "White Rabbit" and "The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil." All in all, it's easy to see that each of these artists, since Woodstock, had become a little more weathered and professional.
The best part about this set is the DVD, a 97-minute film that vividly captures the event in all its psychedelic glory. The close-ups on Santana, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine, among others, are intense and as well edited as the Woodstock film. However, watching Al Stewart strumming away on "Zero She Flies" (the audience is clearly much more than six) or seeing It's A Beautiful Day jam out on "Wasted Union Blues" in the midst of a windy rain storm certainly gives one a better sense of the festival and its surroundings. Well that, and the numerous non-musical interludes that portray the concert as the idyllic, hedonistic utopia of the early 70s. Without seeing everything, you're almost led to believe The Dutch Woodstock is everything the original Woodstock set out to be and more. Oh, what heady days they were.
~ Shawn Perry
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 Review: ITALIAN REVIEW OF THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK


Just because I am British, and Britannia rules the waves, blah blah blah, doesn't mean that I want to ignore the fact that we are a truly international publication, with readers all over the world, and I have no intention of getting all Anglocentric on you.

So cop a load of this Italian review of The Dutch Woodstock...

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 Review: BRAZILIAN REVIEW OF 'THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK'


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Conducted in the Netherlands in August 1970, the Holland Pop festival featured the likes of Pink Floyd, Santana, T-Rex, The Byrds, Soft Machine, Jefferson Airplane, attracting over 100,000 people and is considered by all the press as the "Woodstock Dutch." Such meeting music greats wins in 2013 the release on CD and DVD with the recording of some of the great moments of the festival.
Legendary Dutch festival brings record great moments on CD and DVD - Credits: Gonzo Multimedia
Legendary Dutch festival brings record great moments on CD and DVD - Credits: Gonzo Multimedia
Launched by British label Gonzo MultiMedia, Dutch Woodstock brings in its flagship DVD presentations career Dr John, The Byrds and Soft Machine, synthesizing the whole atmosphere of peace and love created during the 3-day festival, which was held in Rotterdam, the Kralingse Bos (Forest Kralingse).
Some of the highlights of the release are the performances of the British Pink Floyd (Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and A Saucerful Of Secrets ), virtuoso guitarist Carlos Santana ( Gumbo, Savor and Jingo ), besides the American Byrds ( Old Blue ) and Canned Heat ( Human Condition and So Sad ).


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 Review: REVIEW OF 'THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK'


 

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THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK: HOLLAND POP FESTIVAL 1970 CD/DVD
The Dutch Woodstock - Holland Pop Festival 1970 CD/DVD Album Review

The Dutch Woodstock: Holland Pop Festival 1970 CD/DVD

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by Craig Hartranft,  06.19.2013

Even by its obvious comparisons, The Dutch Woodstock is not the correct name for this famous outdoor concert in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1970. More properly it was billed as The Kralingen Music Festival, with posters working the better title as the Holland Pop Festival. It seems in both past and present, both promoter and label are working a marketing angle.
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Holland Pop Festival 1970: from the ground.
The Dutch Woodstock comes as a single DVD and two CD set, the latter having more music than the former. It's a record of the three day festival in both an audio and visual format, and certainly a piece of genuine early rock history. The roster for the concert is rather impressive: The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, T-Rex, Canned Heat, Country Joe, Pink Floyd and many more. Here's how you get your first comparison to 1969's The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (the proper title).
Speaking primarily to the DVD, the sound quality is nearly substandard and the video is simply 8mm footage transferred to digital format as best as possible. What's more important is the images that are captured, notably of the bands and the concert goers. 

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The Kralingen Music Festival is a successful rock festival that took place In Holland on June 26-28, 1970. About 120,000 people attended and several well-known rock acts, such as Pink Floyd, Santana, and The Byrds, performed at this big event. This festival was later nicknamed “The Dutch Woodstock” because it felt like the European version of Woodstock. “The Dutch Woodstock” package includes 1 DVD and 2 CDs or concert footage and live performances. If you grew up in this era or loved this decade of music, this if the perfect gift for you.

The DVD was cool to watch because it allowed you to see the actual footage from the festival. The performances were unique and memorable for any fans of their music. They made you feel like you were actually there along with the masses of people enjoying the festival. The camera was a bit jittery at times and some of the camera shots were a bit unusual, but this also added to the 70’s vibe. The camera footage did not feel like HD, but was also not as grainy as I had expected it to be. Overall, it was better and more impressive than I had originally thought it would be.

As for the CDs, just by listening to Santana and Pink Floyd, you were transported back to the 70’s. There was so much variety on both CDs, but all the music included was good music. The instrumentals were light years ahead of their time and the music itself is what defined the 70’s as prolific musical era. The artist and the songs were before my time, but I can appreciate the impact they had on society and the music industry today. Other notable performers included were The Byrds, T-Rex, and Jefferson Airplane. I know my dad would enjoy all of this for sure.

Even if you were born after the 70’s, you can appreciate the history behind the festival, the messages, and art these musicians created. I highly recommend checking out ‘The Dutch Woodstock” or getting it as a gift for someone that loves music in general. Lots of great music and performances to bring people back to the 70’s. I just wish they could have included more behind-the-scenes footage or made the DVD even longer. Overall, I did enjoy watching and listening to ‘The Dutch Woodstock.” For those reason, I am giving “The Dutch Woodstock” a “B.”


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Woodstock wasn’t the only potentially world-changing concert held at the end of the 1960s—it certainly triggered a wave of subsequent mega-concerts, such as the Holland Pop Festival held in June of 1970. Filmed and recorded but still relatively unknown, this show is now getting a nice release in a three-disc (two CDs, one DVD) package under a title that’s certain to draw some attention—The Dutch Woodstock, an association that seems pretty apt based on this set.
This three-day festival certainly was modeled after the upstate New York one, and shared some acts with it, including Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Santana. But this show also had many distinctly European acts, and it’s the chance to see such groups—many of which are no longer around—that gives The Dutch Woodstock its special buzz.
Sure, we know Pink Floyd, but at the time of this show, the quintessential space-rock band was floundering, lacking direction after the acid-fueled crackup of frontman Syd Barrett. Floyd had not found its direction with Dark Side of the Moon (that came in 1973), and here the band is shown playing jammy versions of its epics “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and “A Saucerful of Secrets.”
Lesser-known in the U.S., the band Family is worth checking out here, for its oddball performance of “Drowned in Wine,” which features a truly bizarre vocal from Roger Chapman. The weird fusion-meets-art-rock instrumental band Soft Machine cranks out “Esther’s Nose Job.” Pre-“Bang a Gong” T-Rex delivers an electric guitar/bongos duet of “By the Light of the Magical Moon.”
The bands on this bill span the gamut, from the druggy jams of the Airplane to the New Orleans voodoo-sparked gumbo music of Dr. John. That’s how it was in those days—anything would fly. Concert bills were varied in those days, and it’s certainly refreshing in today’s world of packaged tours comprised of bands playing in a similar style. Remember: Sha Na Na played at Woodstock. In those days, eclectic was the norm.
Typical of concert films from this era, the camera goes in close—often focusing on faces of the singers and players. That can be a bit disconcerting for a musical gearhead like me, and I’d like to see what kinds of guitars they’re playing and what their hands are doing. But that was how these shows were shot in this time—check out the Monterey Pop and Woodstock movies for other examples.
Public nudity was also a staple at these shows, and the director here seemingly sought to catch every instance at this show on film. There’s also drug taking, and shots of the members of the 100,000-person audience freaking out. There’s one dude holding a pair of food cans up to people’s heads for reasons unknown. This kind of thing went with the territory.
The audio isn’t bad, especially considering when this was made. The performances are as-is, so every piece of flat singing (Grace Slick is a prime offender in some spots) and out-of-tune guitars (ditto Santana) is left intact. That’s cool. This set does a great job fulfilling its mission: to be a time capsule, a prime artifact of an era long gone by and acts we’ll not see the caliber of again. Well worth checking out both as a cultural artifact, and as a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.
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Spotlight: The Dutch Woodstock (2013 Gonzo Multimedia)
As the start of a new decade took place, a three day rock concert was attended by over a hundred thousand people,labeled The Dutch Woodstock. The year was 1970. An outdoor concert that was held in the Kralingen neighborhood of Rotterdam, Holland on June 26, 27 & 28th. Despite the weather not cooperating, in the form of rain, the concert itself appeared to have gone off without a hitch. Various bands performed on the main stage or nearby. The focus here is on the main event.

Gonzo Multimedia brings us a 2CD / DVD set that captures the peace-loving three day-long festival. Headlining was Pink Floyd. All three days filled with sounds of all kinds of musicians / bands. Some known around the world or would soon be were Santana, Canned Heat, T. Rex, Al Stewart, The Bryds, and Jefferson Airplane just to name a few.
Busting the 3 disc set open, I decided to view the movie first before playing the audio discs. Ended up viewing the film repeatedly over a course of 3 days. About four views. I turned it on and just let it play in the background. This is after watching it through the first play. A good sample presented for listening and viewing pleasures.

Uncle G's Highlights:

Grace Slick belts out the song White Rabbit with the rest of Jefferson Airplane, while pregnant I believe. Both her and Paul Kantner are also interviewed.

Pink Floyd's segment is not to be missed. Both songs on CD / DVD: Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun / A Saucerful Of Secrets (Waters playing the gong)

Santana's on fire.
Canned Heat: Passing along a joint(s) the band does an awesome performance.
Dr. John & The Day Trippers: They keep a good beat. Fun song:Mardi Gra's Day
If pissed off seeing the word 'joint', then you'll freak with this next one: nudity. A fair amount as well. Add to that, fairly consistent drug use by performers and crowd alike. Now when I say drugs, it's mostly marijuana use from what I can see. Being kind of knowledgeable about these things I can say some in the crowd exhibit behavior usually assorted with use of LSD, or even anti-depressants. Some of the crowd walking by the filmmaker's cameras are almost zombie-like at times. Which is what makes me guess downers. Plus they were popular back in the seventies. 

No need for having your hands clasped together praying for the participant's souls, those that are, of course, still alive. Most on the average I'm guessing are still breathing, ages sixty and up. The babies in the film would have to be in their forties now. Regarding sex, some sexual activity occurred, but nothing that would give it an X rating. Most if not all total nudity is female. All over sixteen years of age or older I imagine. I say this because pubic hair is shown creeping up towards their stomach and also seemingly down the thighs of several of these natural young women. That was the style then. Big bushes were all the rage.

Hard to believe that the innocence of the decade, not that long ago, would equate music and getting high while naked with strangers, which would in turn, promoted peace. Or that it would have a effect on peoples beliefs. I believe it can at least make some people aware. The DVD in this set is a historical visual document on the occasion. Saying that isn't correct. Not really. For the film gives only one point of view, that of the filmmakers. A very cool documentary, where for the viewer, it's almost just like being there. So much so I could swear for at least a few seconds while it was on that I could actually smell pot. Far out huh?
Now that I said all that, there is NOTHING offensive in the film. As a matter of fact, it's a cool thing to watch the over hundred thousand interact with the music and each other while the concert is going on. One scene shows the people in the wee hours of the night, all mostly sleeping. In the daytime, the hotter it seems to get the less the need for clothing. But It's all natural. Even with nudity included, there's nothing perverted. Not a thing that would make you hide the teenagers. Rather they see people in a large group like this getting along, or something more modern day where folks always get hurt? I rather a kid of mine see a pair of bare tits exposed for the same reason a man has his nipples exposed, then watch someone get their head smashed in. Makes me wonder if something like the 1970's Dutch Woodstock could happen nowadays. A three day event like that. No violence. Mass cooperation. It's a beautiful thing to see. The documentary / concert film does get a little artsy fartsy but that's part of the charm.

The film and audio wasn't recorded in 2013. It was taped and preserved since 1970. A lot of advancements made in recording sound over the decades since. Nowadays you can buy a Blu-ray of a concert filmed by forty cameras and all the state of the art recording equipment, and when you play it at home it's like you're front row at the concert. It's cool, especially for being at home watching TV. I can't expect that from a concert performed and taped over forty years ago. So this isn't the best state of the art sounding audio. Soundboard but could be a better mix. Sometimes one instrument is louder then another. Keeping that in mind and understanding it to be what it is, then I imagine one can get past that and receive much entertainment in the process. I sure have. It's the movie included that sold me. Looks like so much fun to be there. Since that's impossible then it's cool revisiting, which is what this 2CD and one DVD set allows the consumer to do.

Rating: Using the one to five star rating system, I rate the DVD 4 stars and the 2 CD audio discs 3 stars. Gonzo did a great job on the overall product. Sometimes one has to do the best with what they have to work with. To not release this would be a crime. Why, just because it wasn't perfect in picture and sound quality that would equate 2013 standards? Frankly, I find it cool that the event is out there for new generations to see and experience. Am delighted to add this to my CD collection.

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The Dutch Woodstock (Gonzo GZO102CD, 2013)
The Dutch Woodstock 3 CD/DVD set is available at a low price, which makes it very accessible. The collection features live audio recordings and film made at the Holland Pop Festival in Rotterdam. The artists featured are some of the biggest names in the early 1970s American and UK rock scenes, including progressive bands like Pink Floyd and Soft Machine, as well as rock and American roots acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Country Joe, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dr John, Family, The Byrds and many more. Several of the artists were at the very beginning of their careers.
The so called Dutch Woodstock was Europe’s answer to the celebrated American rock festival held a year earlier. The enthusiastic organizers, Toosje Knap, Berry Visser and Georges Knap, aimed ito emulate the spirit and atmosphere of Woodstock. Figures provided in the liner notes indicate that around 100,000 music fans attended the festival.
The source material is from 1970. Live recording technology wasn’t very advanced or widely available then so the quality of the music CDs is poor. You can hear the vocals relatively well, but the musical instruments are all blended in. The collection has historical value and will appeal to collectors and completionists.
The DVD footage is much more interesting. The filmmaker shows us fascinating images of the hippy festivalgoers as well as the performing artists and even the Dutch countryside. The package is well worth it just for the DVD.
Disc 1 , DVD
1. Santana – Gumbo , 2. Al Stewart – Zero She Flies , 3. Canned Heat – Human Condition , 4. The World’s in Tango/So Sad , 5. Quintessence – Giants , 6. Jefferson Airplane – Won’t You Try Saturday Afternoon , 7. It’s A Beautiful Day – Bulgaria , 8. T.Rex – By The Light of the Magical Moon , 9. The Byrds – Old Blue , 10. The Flock – Big Bird , 11. Soft Machine – Esther’s Nose Job , 12. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit/The Ballad of You and Me and Pooniel , 13. Santana – Savor/Jingo , 14. Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets ,
Disc 2, CD
1. Cuby & The Blizzards – Dust My Blues , 2. Canned Heat – Human Condition/So Sad , 3. Livin’ Blues – Big Road Blues , 4. Al Stewart – Zero She Flies , 5. Quintessence – Giants , 6. East of Eden – The Sun of East/Irish Theme , 7. Country Joe – Freedom , 8. Dr John – Mardis Gras Day , 9. Family – Drowned in Wine
Disc 3, CD
1. Santana – Gumbo/Savor/Jingo , 2. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit , 3. Jefferson Airplance – The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil , 4. It’s a Beautiful Day – Wasted Union Blues/Bulgaria , 5. T.Rex – By The Light of the Magical Moon, 6. The Byrds – Old Blue , 7. The Flock – Big Bird , 8. Soft Machine – Esther’s Nose Job , 9. Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun, 10. Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets.
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The Dutch Woodstock 1970

In August 1969, a music festival, now known as Woodstock, took place that would forever change music history. Almost one year later in June 1970 another music festival took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Kralingen Music Festival, also known as The Stamping Ground Festival, The Holland Pop Festival, or The Dutch Woodstock, was supposed to be the European answer to Woodstock. Several top acts performed at the event including Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Santana, Canned Heat, T. Rex, and Pink Floyd as the headlining act. Although it wasn’t well known in the United States, the festival became important in the Netherlands as the beginning of the Dutch tolerance policy towards marijuana.
Gonzo Media Group has now released The Dutch Woodstock 1970 as a 2 CD set with an accompanying DVD of concert footage. This isn’t the first time the music has been released on CD, but it is the first time, at least that I could find, that the festival has been released with both music and film in one package. The festival included a diverse range of musical styles including psychedelic rock, folk rock, progressive rock, and jazz.
Canned Heat’s “Human Condition” is a great rock song that represents the time period very well. Alan Wilson provides an easy to listen to vocal style that is not aggressive like most rock acts. Harvey Mandel does an excellent job on lead guitar, and executes some memorable solos. This is still a great band to listen to after all these years.
“White Rabbit” is probably the best known song from this concert collection, and rightly so. Jefferson Airplane was a major band in the psychedelic rock movement as well as the Summer of Love. Aside from this festival, Jefferson Airplane played the Isle of Wight Festival, Monterey Festival, Woodstock, and the Altamont Festival. The band’s success is contributed to Grace Slick’s great vocals as well as looks. “White Rabbit” is one of Jefferson Airplane’s biggest hits. The only thing to keep in mind with listening to it on this collection is this version is a live recording from 1970. It doesn’t have the same quality as a studio recording. That being said, it is still a pleasure to hear Jefferson Airplane during their prime.
While “White Rabbit” is the best known song on this album, the most well known band would have to be the headliners of the festival, Pink Floyd. The psychedelic progressive rock band was still a fairly new band then, but it is clear even then that the band were looking to try creative and new things with music. “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” is an instrumental song Pink Floyd played at the festival that shows they were experimenting with songs beyond the standard pop format of most rock music. The song becomes more of a jam towards the end with all instruments being played more intensely.
The Dutch Woodstock 1970 is a great album that captures the music of the counterculture generation. It wasn’t the famous Woodstock, but there are still many great acts included in the lineup. Anyone who remembers the days of Woodstock and would like to relive them, this would make a great addition to your collection. Also any fan of classic rock will want to check this album out.



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About the original Woodstock festival (15 to 18 August 1969) Bethel NY one is not issued and the question is whether that will ever happen. More than 500,000, or not hippies or ordinary music lovers, came down to the farm of Max Yasgur. Many of them were moved with a utopia around: would this four-day event can improve the world?The hippies thought maybe so but their state of mind was so intoxicated that they actually not know where they were actually materialized. Witnessed by a personal friend of mine who has been through there. The others, well, who just came for the fun music. 

The Netherlands have not been idle after 1969 and they must have thought: "What they can, we can sooner said here ...", in the USA as done and the Dutch version of the renowned American Woodstock festival took shape on 26-27-28 June 1970 and the event took place in the Kralingse Forest in Rotterdam. Immediately Netherlands for their first major pope guy with a good 100,000 visitors were counted. Like their U.S. counterpart, they had also checkout here killjoy first class, the year before the cursed rain. 

Names in New York on the poster were were trying to get to the Netherlands as much as possible and it was there quite properly managed. Some of that band and solo performers were Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe (now without The Fish), Canned Heat and then we had them. But to the festival to give a more 'European' label they also took some interesting acts from within the UK: Al Stewart, Family, East Of Eden, Soft Machine, London from Notting Hill coming Quintessence, T-Rex (Mark Bolan and Micky Finn) and Pink Floyd.From their own ranks appeared the famous Cuby And The Blizzards (with Herman Brood on piano) and Livin 'Blues. The additional Americans were Dr. John The Night Tripper, It's a Beautiful Day, The Byrds and The Flock. All impressive names, but that it was their music as well as impressive? . 

Based on the CD we received apparently, what some participants were Cuby & The Blizzards if the festival pulling on walk with their excellent version of "Dust My Blues", they were relieved by Canned Heat with 'Human Condition' and 'So Sad'. The Brit Al Stewart, who really broke through in 1976 with his brilliant long player 'Year Of The Cat', was there all alone but we were still an acceptable version of his "Zero She Flies". Violin Sounds widely and not of The Flock came from the direction of East Of Eden and Country Joe with 'Freedom' brought still pretty fun. But it was especially looking forward to our voodoo doctor Dr.John the Night Tripper and "Mardi Gras Day" did not sound convincing. Then who was convinced Roger Chapman and his family, Roger shouted "Drowned In Wine" and mostly listen to his voice mekkerige. 

Santana played three songs, namely 'Gumbo', 'Savor' and 'Jingo', so no repetition of his clever implementation of "Soul Sacrifice" in which drummer Michael Shrieve could enjoy. imagine vengeance Jefferson Airplane, then the San Francisco band par excellence if we leave her Janis Joplin with Big Brother and The Holding Company and the Grateful Dead aside, if Santana (also from SF) pay off with 'White Rabbit', a version that rather messy but beautiful openbloeid begins. The duo T-Rex took over again for a different kind of music 'or Pavillions Sun'.The Byrds had already been measuring a serious reputation and why they unpacked with 'Old Blue' is still a mystery to me. Of course it was also looking forward to the British super band Pink Floyd that the festival was concluded with 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun "and" A Saucerful Of Secrets'. So moments to lie quietly in the grass mindless (of course with a tasty joint ...) and just drift away to the music of Pink Floyd. 

Some songs at the end abruptly (they have not even bothered to songs to uitdeinen ...) sometimes very disturbing.
Associated live images on DVD are of acceptable quality. Here and there a bit too dark but then so was it is. The soundtrack of the DVD is still in perfect condition and that makes up for it. And if you want to know what to tell Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) all, you have to keep serving. The whole DVD Even pressure was exerted by many musicians on call of American boys who had to fight in the war in Vietnam ... and for what? During the original Woodstock in Bethel Men like Arlo Guthrie and Country Joe have done what they could to musically as wouldbe gooder to make their voices heard but eventually both festivals can change the world problems and all the wars that were going on and then nothing while we find that the social aspect, that was highly regarded in their flags is simply lost in the great music that was played at both festivals. Shame it did not help. Alfons Maes (4)



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 Review: THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK: Ummmmmm I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad review


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Various Artists - The Dutch WoodstockThe Holland Pop Festival in Kralingse Forest was 26, 27 and 28 June 1970, the first major multi-day music festival in our country. Three days occurred in the area of Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival many famous bands and artists, but the festival in Rotterdam knew - in the fine tradition of festivals at the time - a lot of business and organizational problems.
Within a year of 'Kralingen' movie 'Stamping Ground' premiered. That was almost as much a worldwide status as the film about Woodstock, with camera work by a young Jan de Bont. The images he shot of playing at sunrise Pink Floyd are now legendary. The film is now in a new generation increasing, as evidenced by the publication of "The Dutch Woodstock", a little tentative titled small box containing a DVD of "Stamping Ground" and two CDs with recordings made during the festival.
Went all the hairs stand up somewhat. In announcing this release Would there be some sort definitive collection possible with professional recordings? A beautifully polished 'Stamping Ground', possibly enriched with interesting bonus material Soft Machine, Santana, Pink Floyd and East of Eden?
Twice the answer is simply no.
What this has done English society, dating from 1990 is a double CD bootleg 'Stamping Ground Festival (on the Italian label Aulica) again delete the mastering. And those mediocre recordings are themselves already appeared on the legendary 'Kralingen "vinyl bootleg (three plates together fifteen guilders costs') with shots from the film and additional public recordings. Also the Italian Akarma label it a few years ago dared to bring this set. Semi-legally on the market
What was ever available from the Kralingen recordings is not expanded by Gonzo. And not everything is technically sound, the reason for which many people will buy this set are the songs of Pink Floyd, which are almost impossible to listen to, because there are many 'extraction clicks' to be heard. The consequence of a bad rip of the bootleg CDs listed. Even there is no great attention. A huge disappointment for those who had high expectations of this set ...
More than okay, the DVD and packaging. The original festival poster adorns an appropriate manner, the cover and the booklet contains many memorabilia of the festival and the film release of "Stamping Ground". That movie is sharp in full on the DVD and is, for those who have not seen it, the purchase of this set (around 15 euros) worth. A portrait of the era with lots of sun, grass, smoke, exposed and transparent pyramids. Carefully polished, the colors are well improved and strengthened, while the darker images are not artificial 'clarified'.
The images of Country Joe, Dr.. John, Santana, a good form being The Byrds and the rugged play of It's A Beautiful Day (undervalued Westcoast psychedelics!) Make the film remains a fascinating historical document, combined with the images of the audience and the festival site. And Pink Floyd: ten minutes of the closing film of the festival and also (at four o'clock in the morning), represented by fragments of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and A Saucerful Of Secrets .

"The Dutch Woodstock" is a publication that might be typical for this time. Everything is possible in the field of semi-legal (re) publications, research and the mastering of the recordings used not rise above mediocrity and it does matter. Precisely so if proverbial eye-catcher is a nice set with the best DVD version of "Stamping Ground" that may be possible. The two CDs stabbing in all respects thereby embarrassing off, so buy the set not therefor. Therefore, a somewhat dubious release, with producers much better could bet on a nicely packaged DVD, rather than rushed documenting a piece of Dutch history festival. Trumps
Wouter Bessels

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 Review: DUTCH REVIEW OF 'THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK' (does this make it Double Dutch?)


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Group Various artists
Album The Dutch Woodstock
Label Gonzo Multimedia
Year 2013
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Various artists-In August 1970 held a festival in the Netherlands, the Stamping Ground Festival, which is also called the Dutch Woodstock. An outdoor festival, which certainly did not have the physical or media Woodstock dimensions but still a beautiful poster. hippie period in the middle of our elders and even some of our readers (not younger), were able to taste cost to the joys of festivals in the sun for some naked or almost inhaling illegal substances, dancing on the grass and listening during a beautiful plethora of artists more or less junky who performed on stage. I was not there, too young ... Too bad because the lake under the sun, full music ears, it should not be so bad. Gonzo Records had the good idea to edit in both CD and DVD this memorable festival where artists such as Pink Floyd, Canned Heat, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds have succeeded on stage. This is a live 1970, then inevitably sound, even after much work remains a bit noisy. Still need to hear that, even though some artists are completely gone, there are passages anthology of instrumentals that go into a spin, another short time we cared less probably where the scenic perfection The trip had its importance, even if sometimes it was a bad trip ... The double CD suffer as I said, a pretty average or poor sound on a beautiful facility, but the discovery or re discovery of some songs live is an inexhaustible source of happiness. Rub blues, folk, rock, psychedelic and out of all kinds unclassifiable. DVD pass him on a good way home cinema range and image, between concert and documentary gives an extraordinary insight into what was this festival. Between the concerts we are entitled to beautiful views of the public living his life, cultivating mushrooms, eating, smoking, making love, wandering in the nude, the musicians getting ready, talking heatedly with organizers, and the whole festival, probably saw a helicopter. We see of course the bands play, but it is almost trivial if we do not talk about the music itself. More than a concert, this double CD is a DVD documentary about a long gone era of music, the beginning progressive rock and major festivals. Not to be missed! Written by the Classico 04/06/2013 
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 Review: PORTUGUESE REVIEW OF THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK


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Yet not long ago that a whole generation thought that music could change the world. And apotheosis of the whole rock culture was achieved in August 1969 with the completion, in New York, the famous Woodstock festival. Even taking into account that only a few months later, the Rolling Stones at Altamont Festival has been a failure, what is certain is that the movement never stopped and was followed by numerous attempts to imitate what had happened in Woodstock . One of the most successful of this first generation of European rock festivals was the Holland Pop Festival, held in August 1970 in Kralingse Bos, Rotterdam and would eventually become known as The Dutch Woodstock. Alignment were part of a set of names indeed important British rock and American, as T. Rex, The Byrds, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and especially Pink Floyd.

The festival was recorded for the movie Stamping Ground where he depicted a still young Al Stewart with his Zero She Flies, the Jefferson Airplane with sensational medley White Rabbit / The Ballad of You and Me and Pooniel and of course Pink Floyd to make a monumental Saucerful Of Secrets. However, at the most a set of benefits was filmed without his having appeared in the film. In continuation of the work developed by Gonzo Multimedia offer authentic museum pieces, now appears in this edition double CD and a DVD that also permit access to another theme of Pink Floyd (Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun) and as some rarities T. Rex (Pavillions Of Sun), Dr. John (Mardi Gras Day), Family (Drowned In Wine) and The Byrds (Old Blue). Then there is the presence of lesser-known artists as The Flock or East Of Eden. The Dutch Woodstock recovers this whole essence of '60s rock and represents more than a carefully chosen set of rarities. This disc is an important part of music history and a significant socio-cultural importance.
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 Review: DUTCH WOODSTOCK REVIEW


dutch-woodstockIn August 1970, a three-day pop festival was held in the Netherlands with about 100,000 showing up to hear Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and other acts that had played at Woodstock a year earlier, as well as some acts that hadn’t. Now a DVD and a 2-CD set of the event is available, and for anyone born before 1955 or so who was into the culture of peace, love and dope, The Dutch Woodstock deserves a look and a listen.
The 97-minute DVD is a badly-filmed (though probably well-edited considering the circumstances) mishmosh of bands playing in the dark with bad lighting, unnecessary band member close-ups, and naked people swimming and smoking herb (it is a combination of Woodstock and Netherlands permissiveness, after all). In that way, it resembles the Woodstock movie, only it’s worse. But what’s great about it is being able to see acts like Pink Floyd and Dr. John when they were basically kids, doing material they could never get away with now. And, for me, the coolest thing is watching the late guitar master Clarence White perform “Old Blue” with the Byrds on his Tele. The footage isn’t very good but it’s rare, and Roger McGuinn could sing rings around many of that time period’s performers in a live setting.
Acts like Family, It’s a Beautiful Day, and a young Al Stewart are also on the DVD, and the CDs feature mostly music from the DVD with a few additions. T-Rex, Soft Machine and Canned Heat (with the late Harvey Mandel) are also part of the fun at a party that quite a few people in the Rotterdam area have never forgotten. If they remembered it to begin with. Anyway, if you want to really educate your grandchildren about the music of the flower power generation, this is a recording you need to check out.
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