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Live at the Cellar Door [Live]

Richie HavensAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Five Star
  • ASIN: B000000SS9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This CD includes the original recording of Here Comes the Sun that became a Platinum hit for Richie Havens, performed at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C. in 1970. It also contains recordings from the Santa Monica Civic concert in 1972 recorded by Wally Heider. This solid acoustic set features interpretations of All Along The Watchtower, Fire & Rain and other songs.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Concerts (actually two) July 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This somewhat hard to find Ritchie Havens CD combines two 1970 performances-- The Cellar Door in Washington, DC (now defunct), and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Ritchie Havens puts so much heart and soul in to each song it will make your hair stand up (then, I've never heard of a concert where he didn't).
As usual, Havens does more covers than originals, but every song he plays becomes a Ritchie Havens song. Especially great are his Helplessly Hoping (Stephen Stills), his famous version of God Bless the Child, and Dolphins, a song which he popularized as far as I know.
Another bonus to this as opposed to a greatest hits collection is his "narrations". Havens is gentle and funny, and tells stories like no one else. Buy this CD, see him live, gawk at his underrecognized talent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAVENS! October 27, 2005
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I love this album, I've listened to it a thousand times. The music, the stories, his voice, his lyrics are special, they are unique, and fun. This album led me to see him perfom at the "Bottom Line" in the West Village with Tin Tin, and the performance we saw was nothing short of astounding. Live at the Cellar Door was of course recorded years ago, still the aura that Ritchie Havens gives off on record or in person is that of warmth, respect, love, friendship, and passion, what else is there?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always welcome February 17, 2006
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I have an Internet-only radio station that plays this album. I also have these cuts on different music mixes I carry on CD and i-Pod and I never tire of the soft, gently explosive sound of this great musician.

While I was unable to see Richie "Live at the Cellar Door" in Washingon, DC, I did get to see him twice at the Birchmere in nearby Alexandria, VA. It was the first time in years my oldest son and I got excited about the same music.

Buy it because it sounds great or buy it because it has some wonderful human reflection, or buy it just because it brings on such sweet nostalgia, but buy it. You'll be glad you did.

One other thing, go to Richie Havens dot com and look at some of the wonderful artwork he has done. He also has lots of nice gear there, too.

All best.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live CD... March 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This disc had me right from the first song and didn't let up. As someone who has seen Richie Havens perform live this CD manages to capture the warmth and gentle spirit that Richie possesses and showcases his frenetic strumming style on the acoustic guitar. This CD was culled from two performances, one in 1970 at the Cellar Door in Washington D.C., and the other from 1972 at the Santa Monica Civic Center in California, and the liner notes explain that the previously released live version of "Here Comes The Sun" became a radio hit but the rest of the performance was shelved and not released until years later. Although the majority of the songs Richie plays on this disc were written by other songwriters (George Harrison, Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan, The Band, Fred Neil, and even one by Billie Holiday) this disc introduced me to Richie's own song "No More, No More", which I hadn't heard before and found to be very moving. There are several moments on this disc that are just too beautiful for words. Although the majority of the songs here are more low key and relaxed as opposed to a "Freedom" type rave up that didn't bother me one bit. The mellow nature of this disc really hits the spot every time I put it on, and as always Richie's voice is nothing short of phenomenal. The tracks where he talks to the audience also really reminded me of when I saw him live; he still does his humorous monologues at shows these days, and they always manage to make you smile while making you think. This CD really captures the strengths of Richie Havens as a performer and I would recommend it if you are a fan or are looking for an introduction to his music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie Havens in His Prime February 12, 2010
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I saw Richie Havens perform recently in Ft. Lauderdale and was highly disappointed by his largely incoherent ramblings, choice of mostly unfamiliar material and glacial pacing. Totally different from my memories of when I first saw him perform, about 15 years ago, on Miami Beach, at the short-lived Stephen Talkhouse. It was at that concert that I first purchased Live at the Cellar Door on cassette.

Replacing that aged tape with the CD of this wonderful album helped rekindle the memories of Richie Havens performing in his prime. His voice is in fine form, the amusing spoken intros are seemingly extemporaneous and the songs and guitar playing are classic. If you're a fan, this album is a must have.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In search of a classic Richie Havens live show August 28, 2001
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I love Richie Havens as a perfomer. However, I found his live releases to be pleasant, but infuriatingly unsatisfying. Havens performed at lot of classic shows in the late 60s, early 70s such as Woodstock(1969), Isle of Wight Festivals(69 & 70), Atlanta Pop Festival(1970), any Fillmore East show, etc. His classic strumming and poignant vocal power captured the spirit of the late sixties hippie rock generation. Unfortunately, Havens seemed to pass up the chance for the public to hear the showstoppers. This live album and ON STAGE (1972, currently not available on CD) is made up of mainly slow/moderate tempo tunes that really do not epitomize what Havens made famous. A lot of them are covers. Many are good versions, but they are not from classic shows.I really want a live release that is a complete show from a classic concert or venue. One radio interviewer a few years back asked Havens if he ever planned to release his Woodstck set in its entirety, but he avoided the question and changed the subject. Strange. CELLAR DOOR does have its moments, and is from 1970, a classic year, but the entire show should have been released to make it completely worthwhile.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this!
Great album.
Published 1 month ago by Zazen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all things Havens and I was not disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Marvin L. Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie is dead and gone
So I had to get every cd I did not already have. This is a good one - some Richie classics
Published 8 months ago by PlumHunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Working on completing my collection
Nothing better (in my mind) than listening to Richie Havens singin' and strummin'. A truly unique talent. I'm glad to have been around when he was (often in the same place). Read more
Published 11 months ago by RP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album
This album is a lot of fun and sounds great. I love it and would recommend it. Fun to hear all the commentary, too.
Published 12 months ago by K. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Richie Havens
Richie Havens used to play my school, Baruch College every year. I was there in Baruch's auditorium when Richie blew it away!!
Published 15 months ago by Larry A. Grief
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Richie Havens
Hearing that the great Richie Havens died yesterday made me replay his stuff today and appreciate that artists like this may never come around again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hitch22
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh
Ritchie never gets old sounds fresh , full of life just like Woodstock I bought this for my daughter who had never heard of Ritchie until the movie django unchained
Published 19 months ago by W. B. mcfarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I enjoy this CD very much, having been a Richie Havens fan since before Woodstock I've been trying to find his rendition of "Here comes the Sun" for years and it is the centerpiece... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ritchie Havens!
Mr. Havens' voice is unique, so soulful. He makes his each song his own and always exceptional. I especially liked his rendition of CSN's Helplessly Hoping on this CD. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by Angelofmrcy
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