Mixed Bag

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Mixed Bag
Studio album by Richie Havens
Released August 16, 1967
Recorded Early 1967
Genre folk, jazz, singer-songwriter
Length 37:54
Label Verve
Producer John Court
Richie Havens chronology
Mixed Bag
(1967)
Something Else Again
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Music Hound 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Great Rock Discography (8/10)[4]
Virgin 4/5 stars[5]

Mixed Bag is the 1967 debut album by Richie Havens. Although it was Havens' first album release, Douglas Records later issued two unauthorized albums of material that had been recorded prior to the Mixed Bag recording sessions—Electric Havens (1968) and Richie Havens' Record (1969). Mixed Bag was released after Havens signed on with manager Albert Grossman and was released on Verve Forecast, a new folk music imprint of Verve Records.[6]

Mixed Bag is frequently cited as the singer's best work,[1] and was his first album to appear on Billboard's charts (appearing on both the jazz and pop charts). The recording was the first to introduce a wider audience to Havens's rich baritone vocals and the full-sound of Havens's distinct guitar style (thumb-chorded and played in open D tuning).[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "High Flyin' Bird" (Billy Edd Wheeler) – 3:35
  2. "I Can't Make It Anymore" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 2:48
  3. "Morning, Morning" (Tuli Kupferberg) – 2:17
  4. "Adam" (Havens) – 3:34
  5. "Follow" (Jerry Merrick) – 6:22
  6. "Three Day Eternity" (Havens) – 2:15
  7. "Sandy" (Jean Pierre Cousineau) – 3:12
  8. "Handsome Johnny" (Lou Gossett, Havens) – 3:53
  9. "San Francisco Bay Blues" (Jesse Fuller) – 2:30
  10. "Just Like a Woman" (Bob Dylan) – 4:46
  11. "Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:42

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

year chart peak
1967 Billboard Jazz Albums 18
1968 Billboard Pop Albums 182

Releases[edit]

The album was initially released on vinyl in 1967 on Verve Forecast, a newly formed folk section at the Verve division of MGM Records.[1] It was re-released as a CD in 1993 on Polygram. In 2004, Mixed Bag was combined with two other Havens albums on a double CD titled, Flyin' Bird: The Verve Forecast Years, a limited edition release of 3000 individually numbered copies.[7][8]

year format label catalog #
1967 LP Verve/Forecast FTS-3006
1967 LP Verve 2317002
1967 Polydor 835 210
1970 LP MGM SE 4698
CD Verve 835210
1993 CD Polygram
2004 2CD Universal/Hip-O Select [7]

Trivia[edit]

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jim Newsome, "Mixed Bag: Review", Allmusic"
  2. ^ Music Hound, USA, 1998-99 (according to acclaimedmusic.net)
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide, USA, 1992 (according to acclaimedmusic.net)
  4. ^ Martin C. Strong The Great Rock Discography, 7th edition, UK (according to acclaimedmusic.net)
  5. ^ Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, UK, 2002 (according to acclaimedmusic.net)
  6. ^ Ellen Geisel, "Richie Havens: Seeker of Change", Dirty Linen, 65, August-September 1968, p. 44-47
  7. ^ a b This is the double CD release, High Flyin' Bird: The Verve Forecast Years (Universal/Hip-O Select) which combines Mixed Bag with Something Else Again and Richard P. Havens, 1983. The release was limited to 3000 individually numbered copies (link at Hip-oselect.com).
  8. ^ Brian Mathieson, Richie Havens Recordings(link)
  9. ^ James Rotondi, "Listening Experience: Jimi Hendrix' Personal Record Collection", Guitar Player, 30:4, April 1996, p. 37-42