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.
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.
"Richard P. Havens, 1983"
This is a fantastic Havens album from 1969, which has been given a proper CD release by Raven.
This CD has 9 of Richie's own great compositions (10 if you count one of the two bonus tracks) and he, as usual, gives amazing interpretations to the songs written by others.
When asked why he titled this 1969 album "1983", Richie replied, "...it's the year before (Orwell's) 1984". Indeed, even with (or perhaps because of) the great diversity of songs and styles on this album, it does give the impression of being the last stand for creative freedom before the hammer comes down.
This is a solid Five Star release.
I first heard Richie Havens on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1969. He performed "The Parable of Ramon" and it blew my little 18 year old brain right out the top of my head. I ran out the next day and bought the album, THIS album. Not only does it contain "Ramon," it contains a variety of songs he wrote as well as covers of some very familar works. One of the selections on this enhanced cd version of the original double album is "Handsome Johnny," which he used to open Woodstock. In 1969, he also had the audacity to include his interpretations of a number of Beatles tunes including the sacrosanct "Strawberry Fields Forever." Richie Havens did with "Strawberry Fields" exactly what he did every time he opened his mouth to sing: he made it his own.
Richard P. Havens 1983 made a huge impact on me in 1969 and I still had the album - until recently. A couple of years ago, I bought a usb turntable here on Amazon and converted my vinyl not available on cd. "1983" was not yet released on cd. My vinyl still sounded pretty great, but years of wear had taken some toll.
When I heard the terrible news that the world had lost Richie Havens, I looked on here again and found Richie Havens 1983 on cd, so I snapped it up. It's great to have a clean copy of this landmark album. Richie's distinctive voice, his perfect phrasing and his original style and interpretations - this album still resonates.
And guess where my original vinyl copy of this album is...it is one of the vinyl LP's which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted from my collection. From the arresting cover to the end of the "second side," Richie Havens will hold you - and stay with you.
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I love everything he ever did. A great voice for his generation. What happened to great protest music and music with a cause???Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 months 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