Richard P Havens 1983
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There are also great covers of Lennon & McCartney songs. "She's Leaving Home", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Lady Madonna" and "With A Little Help From My Friends" These are reinvented with Richie's typical warmth and raw passion. And he delivers a beautiful version of Leonard Cohen's "Preists", a song that suits his voice so well. Now what would a Richie Haven's album be without a Bob Dylan song? Well fret not, "I Pity The Poor Immigrant" will not disappoint. And Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" never sounded as heartfelt and sincere as it does in Richie's more than capable hands.
Having Richard P. Havens, 1983 back and spinning on my CD player is like a visit from an old friend. You know, someone you never grow tired of, someone who always has something new and interesting to say, and someone you miss dearly when gone, just as I've missed this album for so long. On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to see Richie Havens in the Spring 0f 1973 at My Father's Place, a small club in Roslyn, NY. I can still see him seated on a tall bar stool, wearing a dashiki, strumming away on his guitar and singing as only he can...What an evening that was and oh what a wonderful artist he is! Thanks old friend for so many years of wonderful music and great memories. It's like you were never away.
This is a very fine album indeed and I commend it to all with an interest in folk-rock (or whatever you want to call it).
The music is excellent, one of my favorite Havens outings along with Portfolio, Something Else Again, and Alarm Clock. As another reviewer put it, many of his other albums were over-produced. I prefer the more stripped down, basic approach, which results in a warmer and more personal feel that is achieved on this album. A moving album throughout.
However, the CD is poorly produced and the sound is, as another reviewer says, weak. The first song has an audible skip in it as if a click/pop was removed manually (sloppily) which disrupts listening. Though not all, many of the songs have a poorer sound than my mp3 conversion of my old LP, as if the CD was made from an LP with heavy auto-pop/click removal. I will keep it as a backup, but will remain on the look-out for a newer CD version of this great record, one that is made with actual care and competence that it deserves.
The packaging - Not surprising, it is just a jewel case, with a single folded paper insert with old cover/sleeve information on it on both sides; kind of cheep. It does not do the original album justice; the album was a heavy gate-fold.
So there is actually room for a Deluxe attempt on this particular album for both sound/mix and packaging reasons. I would buy it, though it seems a slim possibility. In the meantime, this is a poor, but rare option. If you do not have this music at all, I still recommend it.
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I bought the album in the 80s when I discovered Richie after watching Woodstock at the Thalia in NYC. It is my favorite Richie Havens albums of that period. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave From NYC
On several songs, the disc sounds like it was recorded by someone at the back of an acoustically poor auditorium with a hand-held digital voice recorder. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Ken Rashbaum
This is a must-have for any Richie Havens fan, it is the most balanced and at the same time the most eclectic. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by M. Reynolds
This CD is a wonderful example of the broad range of music for which Richie Havens was famous! His unique guitar style comes across very powerfully, and his soulful voice really... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Brian Bickford
"Richard P. Havens, 1983"
This is a fantastic Havens album from 1969, which has been given a proper CD release by Raven. Read more