Dreaming as One: The A&M Years

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Richie Havens guitar/harmonica/vocals established himself as a formidable folkie during the 1960s Greenwich Village scene. This was prior to becoming a household name after a career-defining appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. After releasing seven acclaimed long-players on his own Stormy Forest label, a series of business maneuvers led to Havens' next two platters being issued on A&M Records. The contents of those discs, The End of the Beginning 1976 and Mirage 1977 make up the bulk of Dreaming as One: The A&M Years, a limited-edition anthology from Hip-O Select. Although his distinct musical vision remains, the artist has integrated new sonic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Richie Havens guitar/harmonica/vocals established himself as a formidable folkie during the 1960s Greenwich Village scene. This was prior to becoming a household name after a career-defining appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. After releasing seven acclaimed long-players on his own Stormy Forest label, a series of business maneuvers led to Havens' next two platters being issued on A&M Records. The contents of those discs, The End of the Beginning 1976 and Mirage 1977 make up the bulk of Dreaming as One: The A&M Years, a limited-edition anthology from Hip-O Select. Although his distinct musical vision remains, the artist has integrated new sonic textures to a matured style, expanding significantly upon the primarily acoustic instrumentation of Havens' earlier efforts. His trademark arrangements are as organic and emotive as ever, particularly notable on the updates of 10cc's noir "I'm Not in Love," the funky take of Steely Dan's "Do It Again," or the four-on-the-floor driving the remakes of the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running" and Van Morrison's "Wild Night." Havens' electric ensemble was undeniably modern, yet the respective interpretations provide an uncomplicated backing. In that respect, The End of the Beginning featured Steve Cropper guitar, Booker T. Jones keyboards, Donald "Duck" Dunn bass and suitably Jeff Baxter pedal steel/side guitar , who was a one-time member of Steely Dan and the Doobies. Havens' capacity for lyrical and evocative balladry is likewise evident on the title composition to this compilation, "Dreaming as One," as well as "Shadows of the Past" and the upbeat and perhaps prophetic "Nobody Left to Crown." In addition to both albums the 'edited single version' of "I'm Not in Love" is included, wrapping up what is an exceptional anthology of Havens' short stint at A&M.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498623015
  • Catalog Number: 000249502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Not in Love (5:23)
  2. 2 We Can't Hide It Anymore (4:00)
  3. 3 Dreaming as One (3:27)
  4. 4 You Can Close Your Eyes (4:19)
  5. 5 I Was Educated by Myself (5:14)
  6. 6 Daughter of the Night (3:40)
  7. 7 If Not for You (3:07)
  8. 8 Do It Again (3:28)
  9. 9 Wild Night (3:29)
  10. 10 Long Train Running (3:49)
  11. 11 Live It Up (One Time) (3:11)
  12. 12 Shadows of the Past (2:36)
  13. 13 I Don't Complain (3:16)
  14. 14 Touch the Sky (2:35)
  15. 15 Billy John (3:02)
  16. 16 We All Wanna Boogie (3:14)
  17. 17 Avalon (3:02)
  18. 18 Aviation Man (2:48)
  19. 19 Nobody Left to Crown (3:38)
  20. 20 The End (3:23)
  21. 21 I'm Not in Love (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richie Havens Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Steve Cropper Electric Guitar
Brenda Russell Background Vocals
Tom Scott Flute, Alto Saxophone, Lyricon
Brian Russell Background Vocals
Mike Baird Drums
Jeff Baxter Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Christopher Bond Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dianne Brooks Background Vocals
Tony Broussard Bass
Tesse Coen Percussion
Gary Coleman Percussion
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Booker T. Jones Organ
Dave Lebolt Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Matthew Moore Background Vocals
Joey Oliver Keyboards
Willie Weeks Bass
William D. "Smitty" Smith Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Paul Williams Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Richie Havens Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Bob Dylan Composer
Donald Fagen Composer
James Taylor Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Tim Moore Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Billy Alessi Composer
Bobby Alessi Composer
Christopher Bond Composer, Producer, Contributor, String Arrangements
James Getzoff String Contractor
Jack Hammer Composer
Booker T. Jones Arranger
David Kershenbaum Producer
Norm Kinney Engineer
Van Morrison Composer
David Palmer Composer
Armin Steiner String Arrangements
Allen Toussaint Composer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
William D. "Smitty" Smith Arranger, Composer
Mikael Rickfors Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Barry Murphy Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Mike Stewart Composer
John H.R. Mills Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
Hasse Huss Composer
Eva Moon Composer
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