Dirty Linen - p.51
"Havens' own songs retain the jazzy edge of his early material with memorable melodies and passionate poetry....A passionate work that shows Richie Havens to be a performer and composer at the height of his powers..."
Personnel: Richie Havens (vocals, acoustic guitar); Walter Parks (guitar); Stephanie Winters (cello); Keith Christopher (bass guitar); Shawn Pelton (drums).
Recording information: Sear Sound, NY (05/24/2007-12/10/2007); The Carriage House, Stamford, CT (05/24/2007-12/10/2007).
Over 40 years after the release of his debut album, 1967's MIXED BAG, folk-rock master Richie Havens returns to his original label, Verve Records, for 2008's NOBODY LEFT TO CROWN. Although Havens's public image will forever be frozen as the impassioned singer and percussive guitarist whose improvised set at Woodstock made him a national star, he has not stopped performing or recording during the intervening decades. Along with several strong original songs, including the pointedly political "Hurricane Waters" and the title track, Havens transforms three well-known songs into his unique style: Jackson Browne's "Lives in the Balance," Peter, Paul and Mary's "The Great Mandala," and most surprisingly yet most effectively, the Who's powerhouse protest anthem "Won't Get Fooled Again."