Woodstock Reunion 1979 was a concert on 7 September 1979 at Parr Meadows racetrack in the hamlet of Yaphank in the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It had an audience of about 40,000 and was organized for the 10th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival.
Performers included Paul Butterfield and Rick Danko, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Jorma Kaukonen, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian, Michael Shrieve, Stephen Stills, and Johnny Winter.
Recordings of the concert were broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour. A bootleg CD titled Live at Parr Meadows also exists.
Although this show was billed as a “Woodstock Reunion,” it was not really a reunion, because out of all the acts that played the original festival only a handful made this show. In some cases, only one member of a band showed up—such as Stills, who was representing CSN—and furthermore, it was not at the site where the 1969 celebration of peace, love, and music had actually taken place.
Although Woodstock had only happened a mere decade earlier, the hope was another magical musical moment would once again rock history. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Although Stills, John Sebastian, Richie Havens, and others did their best, there was no audience of 600,000 or national media spotlight to offer the same inspiration as had happened ten years earlier.
Stephen Stills, on hiatus from his day job with CSN, came to play a set of songs mostly built on themes of love. In fact, four of the ten songs played during this set (which was also broadcast on the King Biscuit Flower Hour) contained the word “love” in their title.
Stills had returned to making solo albums and was eager to re-establish his own career during this period. With the exception of a heartfelt version of the Buffalo Springfield classic,” For What It’s Worth” (unfortunately incomplete in this recording), Stills does not offer any of his hits from Springfield, CSN, or his solo career. He does, however, offer a number of surprises including a curious cover of Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man.” He closes with “Treetop Flyer,” a song he had written in the late-1960s while still with Buffalo Springfield, but it was not commercially released until 1983 when it was used as part of the Crosby, Stills & Nash concert video, Daylight Again Live.
Recorded live at Parr Meadows, Brookhaven, New York, September 07, 1979
01. Introduction – Precious Love (Stills) 5.41
02. Go Back Home (Stills) 8.36
03. Fine Love (Finnigan/Stills) 5.49
04. For What Its Worth (Stills) 5.05
05. Wanna Make Love To You (Stills) 7.50
06. Part Time Love (Finnigan/Stills) 7.05
07. Cherokee (Stills) 10.20
08. Hoochie Coochie Man – Rocky Mountain Way (Morganfield/Walsh) 11.27
09. Woodstock (Mitchell) 7.18
10. Treetop Flyer (Stills) 4.47