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.
Havens followed Mixed Bag a year later with Something Else Again. The cover portrait found Havens clad in dashiki and wearing beads while playing a sitar, looking like a standard bearer for the counterculture. The songs subject matter followed that direction as well, dealing primarily with social issues rather than relationships. It was another charting record for Havens, reaching #184 on Billboards Pop Albums. More than just a mere album, Something Else Again was a signpost for a rapidly changing culture, leading the way to a more enlightened existence.
Sundazed Music presents this vital album in its rare mono versions, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180gm vinyl. Cue them it up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.
Sourced from the original Verve masters
1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
2. Inside of Him
3. The Klan
5. Don't Listen To Me
1. From the Prison
2. Maggie's Farm
3. Somethin' Else Again
4. New City
5. Run, Shaker Life