Mixed Bag

Mixed Bag

Mixed Bag is a 1967 album by Richie Havens. Although sometimes described 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 lead to this recording on a new folk music section of Verve Records.

Mixed Bag is frequently cited as the singer's best work. 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).

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. 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.

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


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