Mixed Bag

Mixed Bag

by Richie Havens


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Mixed Bag

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0042283521025
catalogNumber: 835210
Rank: 50909

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

Technical Credits

Richie Havens   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Tuli Kupferberg   Composer
Bruce Langhorne   Arranger
Felix Pappalardi   Arranger
Jerry Schoenbaum   Producer
Val Valentin   Director,Engineer
Louis Gossett   Composer
Jerry Merrick   Composer
Jane Wheeler   Composer

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