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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 [Sony]

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10/29/1996

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The soundtrack to the documentary film about the 1970 rock festival, which was Woodstock-like in size, if not cultural impact. The musical lineup didn't quite match Woodstock, either, but was damn impressive, including Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, Joni Mitchell, ELP, the Moody Blues, Donovan, Miles Davis, Free, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, and others (how did Kris Kristofferson sneak in?). This double CD has good sound and good (though not landmark) performances. The Who, Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell come off best; odder highlights include Leonard Cohen's ghostly version of "Suzanne," a "Nights in White Satin" from the Moodies that is quite impassioned, and Tiny Tim's "There'll Always Be an England." Cinéma vérité snippets of dialog add to the authenticity but occasionally detract from the flow. Be aware that Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" is the 1965 studio recording, not a live performance. [This review refers to both the Castle and Sony releases of Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970, as they are identical releases.] ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 All Right Now Free 4:52
  3. 2 My Sunday Feeling Jethro Tull 4:11
  4. 3 Suzanne Leonard Cohen 4:3
  5. 4 Foxey Lady Jimi Hendrix 5:22
  6. 5 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Jimi Hendrix 8:35
  7. 6 Can't Keep from Cryin' Ten Years After 11:29
  8. 7 Me and Bobby McGee Kris Kristofferson 4:58
  9. 8 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell 2:55
  10. 9 Woodstock Joni Mitchell 4:5
  11. 10 Blue Rondo a la Turk/Pictures at an Exhibition/Drum Solo Emerson, Lake & Palmer 7:25
  12. 1 When the Music's Over The Doors 11:27
  13. 2 Young Man Blues The Who 5:53
  14. 3 Naked Eye The Who 6:23
  15. 4 There'll Always Be an England Tiny Tim 1:6
  16. 5 Sinner Boy Taste 5:5
  17. 6 Let It Be Taste 3:41
  18. 7 Nights in White Satin The Moody Blues 5:0
  19. 8 Catch the Wind Donovan 3:37
  20. 9 Weaver's Answer Family 7:7
  21. 10 Red-Eye Express John Sebastian 3:52
  22. 11 Call It Anything Miles Davis 14:36
  23. 12 Amazing Grace Great Awakening 3:24
  24. 13 Desolation Row Bob Dylan 11:17

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