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Richard P. Havens, 1983

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 612657027424
  • Catalog Number: 274
  • Sales rank: 57,750

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richie Havens Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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, 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
Al Manger Engineer
Lou Gossett Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Terry Reilly Liner Notes
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