9 Songs, 38 Minutes

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.

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.

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