Mixed Bag

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
Richie Havens' finest recording, Mixed Bag captures the essence of his music and presents it in an attractive package that has held up well. A close listen to lyrics like "I Can't Make It Anymore" and "Morning, Morning" reveals sadness and loneliness, yet the music is so appealingly positive that a listener actually comes away feeling uplifted. In fact, on most of the songs on this album, it's the sound of Havens' distinctive voice coupled with his unusual open-E guitar tuning, rather than the specific lyrical content of the songs, that pulls the listener in. The six-and-a-half minute "Follow" is structured like a Dylan composition in the "Hard Rain" mode, with its memorable...
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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
Richie Havens' finest recording, Mixed Bag captures the essence of his music and presents it in an attractive package that has held up well. A close listen to lyrics like "I Can't Make It Anymore" and "Morning, Morning" reveals sadness and loneliness, yet the music is so appealingly positive that a listener actually comes away feeling uplifted. In fact, on most of the songs on this album, it's the sound of Havens' distinctive voice coupled with his unusual open-E guitar tuning, rather than the specific lyrical content of the songs, that pulls the listener in. The six-and-a-half minute "Follow" is structured like a Dylan composition in the "Hard Rain" mode, with its memorable verse-ending refrain, "Don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream." Both "Sandy" and "San Francisco Bay Blues" have a jazzy feel, while the aforementioned "I Can't Make It Anymore" would not have been out of place in a movie soundtrack or pop radio playlist of the time. "Handsome Johnny," one of Havens' best known songs as a result of the Woodstock film, is a classic anti-war ballad, stoked by the singer's unmistakable thumb-chorded guitar strumming. Mixed Bag winds up with a soulful cover of Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" and an electric piano-propelled take on the Lennon-McCartney classic, "Eleanor Rigby."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042283521025
  • Catalog Number: 835210
  • Sales rank: 14,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High Flyin' Bird (3:35)
  2. 2 I Can't Make It Anymore (2:48)
  3. 3 Morning, Morning (2:17)
  4. 4 Adam (3:34)
  5. 5 Follow (6:22)
  6. 6 Three Day Eternity (2:15)
  7. 7 Sandy (3:12)
  8. 8 Handsome Johnny (3:53)
  9. 9 San Francisco Bay Blues (2:30)
  10. 10 Just Like a Woman (4:46)
  11. 11 Eleanor Rigby (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richie Havens Primary Artist, Guitar, Sitar, Vocals
Harvey Brooks Bass
Howard Collins Guitar
Paul Harris Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Bill Lavorgna Drums
Joe Price Percussion, Drums
Paul "Dino" Williams Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Technical Credits
Richie Havens Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
John Mayall Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Tuli Kupferberg Composer
Bruce Langhorne Arranger
Felix Pappalardi Arranger
Jerry Schoenbaum Producer
Val Valentin Director, Engineer
Dennis M. Drake Mastering
Louis Gossett Jr. Composer
Jerry Merrick Composer
Jane Wheeler Composer
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