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2008 reissue of the ambitious double LP, Richard P. Havens 1983 by renowned NY folk-rock singer Richie Havens. With superb quality audio, two bonus tracks, deluxe booklet and detailed liner notes. This was the third of Haven's albums for MGM's Verve Forecast label, released during 1969 in the wake of his crowd-stirring performance at Woodstock. Combining 12 studio tracks with five live recordings taken from a July 1968 concert, this album sees Havens in his prime and helped pushed him to overnight success. The live cuts 'Run, Shaker Life' and 'Do You Feel Good?' presents a more exuberant and very lively context. Havens is at his best on self-penned tracks like the epic 'For Haven's Sake'.

1. Stop Pulling and Pushing Me
2. For Haven's Sake
3. Strawberry Fields Forever
4. What More Can I Say John?
5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
6. Lady Madonna
7. Priests
8. Indian Rope Man
9. Cautiously
10. Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head
11. She's Leaving Home
12. Putting out the Vibration, And Hoping It Comes Home
13. The Parable of Ramon [Live]
14. With a Little Help from My Friends [Live]
15. Wear Your Love Like Heaven [Live]
16. Run, Shaker Life [Live]
17. Do You Feel Good? [Live]
18. Handsome Johnny [*]
19. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B001EQPCX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Arlene V Seitsinger
His unique guitar style comes across very powerfully, and his soulful voice really comes through with power and feeling.
Brian Bickford
Thanks old friend for so many years of wonderful music and great memories.
Shell-Zee

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shell-Zee on May 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I never thought I'd see Richard P. Havens 1983 reissued, but man am I glad it's back. Originally this came out around 1969 as a double record set and did I ever wear out the grooves. There are some outstanding original compositions here like "Stop Pulling and Pushing Me", "The Parable Of Ramon", "Indian Rope Man", "No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed", "Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head" and "Run Shaker Life" (performed live at Woodstock along with "Freedom"). All are marked by Richie's inimitable frenetic rhythm guitar and distintive vocal stylings.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Richie Havens is a folk music mastermind. He is unreal. This is an incredible album that lacks only one thing, supply.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles D. Frakes on November 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame this is hasn't been redistributed on a larger scale. I have it on vinyl, but would love to get my hands on the CD. Richie uses his unconventional guitar strumming style and his unique, soulful voice to perform songs of social consciousness. Well performed, well produced studio recordings and live performances that have cut through to the core of my being and have connected with me on a very profound level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Doyle on January 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Richie Havens's formidable talent, his immediately recognizable gravelly voice and masterful guitar-work are simply astonishing. Don't be fooled by the "Folk" classification; this is Progressive Folk/Woodstock Roots Rock. "Do You Feel Good?", "Run Shaker Life", and "Wear Your Love Life Like Heaven" are not just songs, they are experiences. I dare anyone who listens to "Lady Madonna" with its exuberantly complex syncopation not to want to jump up and dance. This music grabs you by your heart and rattles it. A must have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LJ on September 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The cover says "Richard P. Havens" and you'll only rarely find this album listed under "Richie Havens", so people who don't know it from way back are unlikely to find it. Here on Amazon, you only find it if you search for "Havens" alone and have the patience to trawl the results and the wit to find the nugget of gold within. Also, it hasn't been on iTunes, though recently I've requested it & hope to see it there soon...

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).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing release...far ahead of its time...now when will it be available on cd???!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a Product review of the CD version of Richard P. Haven, 1983.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jm Leven on January 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
To update a previous review: yes, this is all on 'High flyin' bird: the Verve years', but for $150 as I write. This is an unspeakably lovely album and very little of it is available on other collections - notably 'Parable of Ramon', 'what more can I say, John', 'Stop pulling and pushing me' and 'putting out the vibration...' are absolutely essential and unavailable except on the aforementioned one copy of 'High flyin' bird' at $150. I remember Richie Havens created a big splash at Woodstock, and has always been well thought of and had a loyal following - 'Mixed Bag' seemed to be the album most people knew, but 1983 was my favourite; I'm happy to see some reviewers agree with me. This is a real classic, and it is disgraceful that it is not available.Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace & Music (The Director's Cut)
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