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Number 95

Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock (UNI UNS526 - 1970)

I've always believed that it's something of a bold move to cover a Joni Mitchell song, but over the years this has been done rather successfully on numerous occasions and to honest, a complete failure on others. Matthews Southern Comfort, fronted by ex-Fairport Convention singer Iain Matthews, did surprisingly well with their cover of Woodstock, the song written by Mitchell in celebration of the iconic festival she didn't actually attend. Apparently Matthews had just discovered the song on Mitchell's latest album LADIES OF THE CANYON the week before a BBC In Concert special featuring the band and added the song to the set list at the last minute So good was the response, the song was recorded and released as a single shortly afterwards and in the UK particularly, the song became the definitive and most accessible version of the song.