Richie Havens – Live At The Cellar Door (1990)

FrontCover1During the 1980s and 1990s, Havens continued a world touring schedule and a steady release of albums. The release of the 1993 Resume, The Best Of Richie Havens Rhino collected his late 1960s and early 1970s recordings. In 1982, Havens composed and performed a promotional slogan for NBC’s 1982–83 television season entitled, We’re NBC, Just Watch Us Now. He also performed slogans for CBS and ABC, and recorded commercials for Amtrak, singing the slogan “There’s something about a train that’s magic”; and in 1985, for Coca-Cola. Havens also has done corporate commercial work for Maxwell House Coffee as well as singing “The Fabric of Our Lives” theme for the cotton industry.

In 1993, Havens performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Among the selections was the “Cotton” song, made famous by a series of television ads in the early 1990s. In 1999, Havens played at the Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000.

RichieHavensIn 2010, Havens had kidney surgery but did not recover fully enough to perform as he had before. On March 20, 2012, he announced on his Facebook page that he would stop touring after 45 years due to health concerns.

On April 22, 2013, Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey City, New Jersey at age 72. The BBC referred to him as a “Woodstock icon,” while Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young said Havens “could never be replicated.” The Daily Telegraph stated Havens “made an indelible mark on contemporary music,” while Douglas Martin of The New York Times reported that Havens had “riveted Woodstock.”

Pursuant to Havens’s request, his ashes were scattered from a plane over the site of the Woodstock festival, in a ceremony held on August 18, 2013, the 44th anniversary of the last day of the festival.

Havens is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.(by wikipedia)

And this is his second live-album (the first was called “Richie Haven On Stage” and was released in 1972), but this album was recorded in 1970 !

RichieHavens3Havens performing in Hamburg, Germany, May 1972

This somewhat hard to find Ritchie Havens album combines two 1970 performances– The Cellar Door in Washington, DC (now defunct), and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Ritchie Havens puts so much heart and soul in to each song it will make your hair stand up (then, I’ve never heard of a concert where he didn’t).
As usual, Havens does more covers than originals, but every song he plays becomes a Ritchie Havens song. Especially great are his Helplessly Hoping (Stephen Stills), his famous version of God Bless the Child, and Dolphins, a song which he popularized as far as I know.
Another bonus to this as opposed to a greatest hits collection is his “narrations”. Havens is gentle and funny, and tells stories like no one else. (by J.Christmas)

Richie Havens (guitar, vocals)
Eric Oxendine (bass)
Joe Price (percussion)
Paul Williams (guitar)

01. Can’t Make It Anymore (Santos) 5.31
02. All Along The Watchtower (Dylan) 3.25
03. Helplessly Hoping (Stills) 6.33
04. God Bless The Child (Holiday/Herzog) 5.24
05. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robertson) 4.11
06. No More, No More (Havens) 6.00
07. Preparation (Narration) 1.48
08. Here Comes The Sun (Harrison) 4.12
09. Fire And Rain (Taylor) 5.55
10. Superman (Narration) 3.45
11. Dolphins (Neil) 5.29
12. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen/My Sweet Lord (Traditional/Harrison) 9.42
13. Teach Your Children (Nash) 3.59
14. San Francisco Blues (Fuller) 2.43
15. High Flyin´ Bird (Wheeler) 4.59