180g Vinyl Mono Edition!
“Freedom.” The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at
Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment
of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the
clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native
Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in
the Village’s beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop.
Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob
Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international
Signed to Verve Forecast, Havens released his first album, Mixed Bag, in August
of 1967. The intriguing LP gathered songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan,
Lennon/McCartney as well as two self-penned compositions and one co-written with
future acting star Lou Gossett, Jr. The album’s instrumentation featured Havens
on sitar and acoustic guitar played in his unique style, thumb chording songs in
open D tuning. Soaring above it all was his commanding baritone, a voice that
injected gravitas into every song, bringing the lyrics to vivid life. A stunning
debut, it climbed both the pop and jazz Billboard charts.
Sundazed Music presents this vital album in its rare mono version, sourced from
the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180gm vinyl. Cue it up and hear
the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.
• 180g Vinyl
• Sourced from the original Verve masters
1. High Flyin' Bird
2. I Can't Make It Anymore
3. Morning, Morning
1. Three Day Eternity
3. Handsome Johnny
4. San Francisco Bay Blues
5. Just Like A Woman
6. Eleanor Rigby