Mixed Bag

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Mixed Bag
Havens-Mixed Bag.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedLate 1966
RecordedJuly 7, September 12 & 20, 1966
Genrefolk, jazz, singer-songwriter
ProducerJohn Court
Richie Havens chronology
Mixed Bag
Something Else Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Music Hound[2]
Rolling Stone[3]
Great Rock Discography(8/10)[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]

Mixed Bag is the debut studio album by Richie Havens and was released in 1966. 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 Folkways, a new folk music imprint of Verve Records.[7]

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 E tuning).[1] Electric Havens and Mixed Bag were two of the records reported among the personal collection of Havens' one-time Greenwich Village buddy, Jimi Hendrix.[8]

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" (Louis Gossett Jr., 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


  • Richie Havens – guitar, sitar, vocals
  • Harvey Brooksbass
  • Paul Harris – organ, piano, keyboards
  • Bill LaVorgna – drums
  • Howard Collins – guitar
  • Joe Price – tabla on "Adam"
  • Paul "Dino" Williams – acoustic guitar on "Follow"
  • Cover photo – Barry Feinstein
  • Director of engineering – Val Valentin
  • Produced by Groscourt Productions, Inc.
  • Production Supervisor – Jerry Schoenbaum
  • Arranged by Bruce Langhorne for "I Can't Make It Anymore"
  • Arranged by Felix Pappalardi for "Morning, Morning"
  • Mastered for Compact Disc by Dennis M. Drake at PolyGram Studios


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


The album was initially released on vinyl in 1966 on Verve Folkways, 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.[9][10]

year format label catalog #
1966 LP Verve/Folkways 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 [9]

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. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  7. ^ Ellen Geisel, "Richie Havens: Seeker of Change", Dirty Linen, 65, August–September 1968, p. 44-47
  8. ^ James Rotondi, "Listening Experience: Jimi Hendrix' Personal Record Collection", Guitar Player, 30:4, April 1996, p. 37-42
  9. ^ 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).
  10. ^ Brian Mathieson, Richie Havens Recordings(link)