Richard P. Havens, 1983

Richard P. Havens, 1983

by Richie Havens
     
 

Havens' third Verve album was an ambitious double LP, using about a couple dozen backing musicians in various combinations on instruments ranging from conga and sitar to steel guitar and organ. Though recorded for the most part in the studio, it also included several live recordings from a July 1968 concert. As with many double albums, it perhaps could have used some… See more details below

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Havens' third Verve album was an ambitious double LP, using about a couple dozen backing musicians in various combinations on instruments ranging from conga and sitar to steel guitar and organ. Though recorded for the most part in the studio, it also included several live recordings from a July 1968 concert. As with many double albums, it perhaps could have used some pruning, although in general it was a worthy expansion of his sound as captured on record. Divided almost equally between originals and covers, the music has the moving and melancholy vibe, yet also somewhat rambling feel, typical of Havens' prime. Certainly his "What More Can I Say John?" is a subtle and admirable anti-Vietnam war song, while his interpretations of Leonard Cohen's "Priests" and Maurey Hayden's (aka Lotus Weinstock's) "Cautiously" are unusual cover choices that are imaginatively done. An Indian influence makes itself heard occasionally, as on "Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head" and "Putting Out the Vibration, and Hoping It Comes Home"; "Indian Rope Man," with Jeremy Steig on flute, is one of his better compositions. However, there's an over reliance on Beatles covers (there are four here). And the live stuff on side four, with its cutesy five-minute version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" (in which Havens wordlessly scats the lyrics), seems like an afterthought to push the set to double-LP length.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657027424
catalogNumber:
274
Rank:
74147

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Tracks

  1. Stop Pulling and Pushing Me  - Richie Havens
  2. For Haven's Sake  - Richie Havens
  3. Strawberry Fields Forever  - Richie Havens
  4. What More Can I Say John?  - Richie Havens
  5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant  - Richie Havens
  6. Lady Madonna  - Richie Havens
  7. Priests  - Richie Havens
  8. Indian Rope Man  - Richie Havens
  9. Cautiously  - Richie Havens
  10. Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head  - Richie Havens
  11. She's Leaving Home  - Richie Havens
  12. Putting out the Vibration, And Hoping It Comes Home  - Richie Havens
  13. The Parable of Ramon  - Richie Havens
  14. With a Little Help from My Friends  - Richie Havens
  15. Wear Your Love Like Heaven  - Richie Havens
  16. Run, Shaker Life  - Richie Havens
  17. Do You Feel Good?  - Richie Havens
  18. Handsome Johnny  - Richie Havens
  19. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed  - Richie Havens

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richie Havens   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Tamboura,Hand Clapping,Ondioline,Musician
Steve Stills   Bass
Warren Bernhardt   Keyboards,Clavinet,Musician
Jeremy Steig   Flute
Collin Walcott   Sitar,Tabla,Musician
Carol Hunter   Bass,Musician
Daniel Ben Zebulon   Conga,Drums
Brad Campbell   Bass,Harp,Musician
Bob Chase   Percussion
Carter Collins   Conductor,Conga
Diane Comins   Harmonica,Harp,Musician
Jim Fairs   Bass
Charles Howall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Teddy Irwin   Guitar,Musician
Bruce Langhorne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ken Lauber   Keyboards
Donald McDonald   Drums
Arnie Moore   Bass
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar,Musician
John Ord   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Musician
Skip Prokop   Drums
Charles Small   Keyboards
Paul Williams   Guitar
Charlie Smalls   Piano,Musician
Paul "Dino" Williams   Guitar
Bruce Langhorn   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Paul Williams   Guitar,Musician
Ken Lauder   Piano
John Ord   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Jerry Steig   Flute
Bob Chase   Hammered Dulcimer

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Richie Havens   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
John Court   Producer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Mark Roth   Composer,Producer,Cover Design,Audio Production
Bill Blachly   Engineer
Manger   Engineer
Lou Gossett   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Peter Shillito   Concept
Terry Reilly   Liner Notes

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