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Album Review

This 11-track collection includes Richie Havens favorites like "Eleanor Rigby," "Just Like a Woman," "Maggie's Farm" and "Handsome Johnny."

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The Compassionate, Mournful Voice Of Richie Havens

Richie Havens was at the peak of popularity during a time that seemed so full of possibility; when nobody had to ask what was so funny about peace love and understanding. A huge fierce gentle vulnerable booming voice. Listen to his version of "Just Like A Woman" - he takes Dylan's sneering put-down and transforms it into an empathetic lament. Every song is interpreted through that filter of deeply felt emotion. It's a compliment to say he probably wouldn't have made it big in today's market.


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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