Mixed Bag

Mixed Bag
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
Electric Havens
Mixed Bag
Something Else Again
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 a 1967 album by Richie Havens. Although often mistaken as his debut, this was actually Havens's third record. It followed two earlier, lesser-known releases on Douglas Records. This was Havens's first record after signing on with manager Albert Grossman which led to this recording on a new folk music section 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

  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



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


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 compact disk 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
MGM 4698
1967 LP Verve 2317002
1967 Polydor 835 210
CD Verve 835210
1993 CD Polygram
2004 2CD Universal/Hip-O Select [7]


  • Electric Havens and Mixed Bag were two of the records reported among the personal collection of Haven's one-time Greenwich Village buddy, Jimi Hendrix.[9]
  • In 1974 Havens released Mixed Bag II

Notes and sources

  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

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