Freedom. The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in the Villages beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop. Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international folk movement.
Signed to Verve Forecast, Havens released his first album, Mixed Bag, in August of 1967. The intriguing LP gathered songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney as well as two self-penned compositions and one co-written with future acting star Lou Gossett, Jr. The albums instrumentation featured Havens on sitar and acoustic guitar played in his unique style, thumb chording songs in open D tuning. Soaring above it all was his commanding baritone, a voice that injected gravitas into every song, bringing the lyrics to vivid life. A stunning debut, it climbed both the pop and jazz Billboard charts.
Sundazed Music presents this vital album in its rare mono version, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180gm vinyl. Cue it up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.
Sourced from the original Verve masters
1. High Flyin' Bird
2. I Can't Make It Anymore
3. Morning, Morning
1. Three Day Eternity
3. Handsome Johnny
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Just Like A Woman
6. Eleanor Rigby