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Editors’ Notes

Richie Havens had been building a solid career as a Greenwich Village folk musician with a well-received collection of albums to his credit (including the landmark Mixed Bag) when he performed at Woodstock and had his life changed. He attained legendary status with his three-hour opening performance. His warm, burly vocals bring great humanity to everything he sings, and his open-tuned guitar strumming lends a simplicity that makes his music immediately accessible to all. His live cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" is the best-known track from 1971's Alarm Clock, but it's merely the opener to an album of inspiring performances. With Paul Williams' electric guitar coloring the sound, Havens delivers such inspiring tunes as the affecting "Younger Men Grow Older," the heart-wrenching "Girls Don't Run Away," and the passionate "Patient Lady." Havens is a resilient voice from the '60s generation whose work is ripe for rediscovery.

Customer Reviews

Mr. Havens is an American Musical Hero

This Disc is great. Richie Havens is totaly underated as an artist and musical icon. He has one of the greatest voices in the history of modern rock music. He deserves a new album of new songs and production from a top producer like say. Rick Rubin. Like the Johnny Cash albums and the new Neil Diamond disc. Havens is the same quality of artist. Let's hope that he get's the production and respect he deserves.

Havens Three Dimensional Soul

This is an album I had owned on vinyl and liked very much during the summer of 1981.
I lost the album and had not heard the performances since, and frankly was not expecting much.
To my fantastic if maudlin shock, not only do Richie's recordings still hold up, his version of HERE COMES THE SUN literally transported me, in every dimension, back to when I was a third the age I am now, as the performance, like those we love but don't hear for 30 years, was enough to make me listen to it on a loop. I played that one song alone twelve times enjoying every nuance of soul and guts best-version-by-far of the Harrison pop-masterpiece, seriously, amazed how I was literally transported back to "17 again."
This morning I woke up in a sweet emotional state and almost cried when I read a simple note from my wife - not until I looked at my iPod this morning did I realize: ALARM CLOCK brought back memories, mainly very sweet, of which I'd completely forgotten.
I won't tell anyone what to listen to - but if you love Here Comes The Sun and have never heard of Richie Havens' version, you are cheating yourself by not at least checking out that song.
/Ian Andrew Schneider/

The Review

The aformentioned review was as Haven's performance on this recording, simple and to the point but with a cadence of understanding. Buy this recording.


Born: January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Richie Havens moved to Greenwich Village in 1961 in time to get in on the folk boom then taking place. Havens had a distinctive style as a folksinger, appearing in such clubs as the Cafe Wha? His guitar set to an opening tuning, he would strum it while barring chords with his thumb, using it essentially as percussion while singing rhythmically in a gruff voice for a mesmerizing effect. Havens was signed to Douglas Records in 1965 and recorded two...
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