Rhino recently announced a robust slate of boxed sets focusing around the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, including Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive , an unprecedented 38-CD collection featuring a near complete chronological reconstruction of every artist performance at the festival. To continue the celebration of that generation-defining moment in popular music history, on July 9, Rhino will also launch their "Summer of '69 - Peace, Love and Music" retail campaign with a series of limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available exclusively at participating brick and mortar retail outlets.
The centerpieces of Rhino's "Summer of '69 - Peace, Love and Music" are two new Woodstock collections, followed by several Woodstock-era artists who performed at the festival, like Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The "Summer of '69" series opens on July 9 with new colored-vinyl versions of the two classic Woodstock collections everyone knows and loves: WOODSTOCK: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK AND MORE (3-LP, half blue/half hot pink vinyl, $49.98) and WOODSTOCK TWO (2-LP, half orange/half mint green vinyl, $34.98). Originally released in 1970 and 1971 respectively, these sets include indelible performances by Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, The Who and more.
On the same day, they'll be joined by two new collections: WOODSTOCK THREE (3-LP, 180-gram, $49.98) and WOODSTOCK FOUR (2-LP, 180-gram, $34.98). Both showcase music on vinyl for the first time that will also be available in CD form in the Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive boxed set.
WOODSTOCK THREE and WOODSTOCK FOUR both feature performances by artists who didn't appear on the original soundtracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sweetwater, Blood Sweat & Tears), as well as additional recordings from artists featured on the original soundtracks (Canned Heat, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and John Sebastian).
Vinyl Me Please will also offer a limited edition boxed set that bundles all four Woodstock vinyl collections in an exclusive 10-LP collection. The set can be preordered now at www.vinylmeplease.com.
Two other vinyl collections are scheduled for release on July 9. The first is a 5-LP set that captures the Grateful Dead performing live in the band's hometown. FILLMORE WEST, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 2/28/69 is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and available for $99.98. The second is a 7-LP set of the recently remastered versions of Tim Buckley's first seven studio albums. THE ALBUM COLLECTION 1966-1972 is pressed on 140-gram black vinyl and available for $109.98.
The second round of releases in the "Summer of '69 - Peace, Love and Music" campaign will arrive on July 16. Highlights include Love's FOUR SAIL on mint-green vinyl ($19.98), Jefferson Airplane's THIRTY SECONDS OVER WINTERLAND on sky-blue vinyl ($21.98), and a green-vinyl version of THE BEST OF ARLO GUTHRIE ($19.98).
The final round of Woodstock-era releases will be available on July 23. It includes a gold-vinyl version of The Butterfield Blues Band's KEEP ON MOVING ($19.98), a burgundy-vinyl edition of Crosby, Stills & Nash's self-titled debut ($21.98), and the soundtrack to The Monkees' cult classic film HEAD on silver vinyl ($21.98).
The full schedule for the SUMMER of '69 - PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC is:
Woodstock - Music From The Original Soundtrack And More (3-LP, half blue/half hot pink vinyl, $49.98)
Woodstock Two (2-LP, half orange/half mint green vinyl, $34.98)
Woodstock Three (3-LP, 180-gram Black Vinyl, $49.98)
Woodstock Four (2-LP, 180-gram Black Vinyl, $34.98)
Grateful Dead - Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/28/69 (5-LP, 180-gram Black Vinyl, $99.98)
Tim Buckley - The Album Collection 1966 - 1972 (7-LP, Black Vinyl, $109.98)
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield (Stereo) (1-LP, Black Vinyl, $21.98)
Buffalo Springfield - Again (Stereo) (1-LP, 180-gram Black Vinyl, $21.98)
Buffalo Springfield - Last Time Around (Stereo) (1-LP, 180-gram Black Vinyl, $21.98)
Arlo Guthrie - The Best of Arlo Guthrie (1-LP, Green Vinyl, $19.98)
Love - Four Sail (1-LP, Mint Green Vinyl, $19.98)
Jefferson Airplane - Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (1-LP, 180-gram Sky Blue Vinyl, $21.98)
Van Morrison - Moondance (1-LP, Orange Vinyl, $21.98)
Graham Nash - Over The Years... The Demos (1-LP, Black Vinyl, $21.98)
The Butterfield Blues Band - Keep On Moving (1-LP, Gold Vinyl, $19.98)
Jefferson Airplane - Long John Silver (1-LP, 180-gram Smoky Green Vinyl, $24.98)
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash (1-LP, Burgundy Vinyl, $21.98)
The Monkees - Head (1-LP, Silver Vinyl, $21.98)