Saturday, January 16, 2010

Richie Havens - Live At The Filene Center (2007)



Richie Havens
Live At The Filene Center
Filene Center, Vienna, VA
August 12, 2007
Front Orchestra, Row H, Seat 29

This is a REMASTERED version of my original offering.  I have added some equalization and compression to get what is in my opinion a better sounding recording.
Gear:
Sony MZ-R900 MD
AT-933 Mics (Cardioid Elements)
Sound Professionals SP-PREAMP Dual Channel Mic Preamp

Mastering:
Sound Studio 3 on a MacBook
FLAC & MP3 Conversion with Max 0.91

Special Thanks:
Kathy Johnson (cover photo)

1. All Along The Watchtower
2. Paradise
3. Way Down Deep
4. Ninety Bucks
5. Up From Under
6. Lives In The Balance
7. Woodstock
8. They Are Here To Get Us
9. Here Comes The Sun
10. Tupelo Honey / Just Like A Woman
11. Freedom

Total Time: 57:59

Notes:
Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s.  It’s a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993.  For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.

This was to be a very memorable show.  For those unaware, the Filene Center (part of Wolftrap Farm Park) is an outdoor venue, and this August evening was to be full of some great guitar and vocals.  As the evening progressed you can hear the crickets chirping away.  The sound was phenomenal, and I think this recording does a good job of recreating the show.  From the opening notes of All Along the Watchtower to the final note of Freedom, Richie puts on a hell of a show with some stories scattered in along the way.  My biggest compaint... It was too short of a set!


TypeGradeLengthExtras
AudienceA58 minArtwork, Web Links

Sample: All Along the Watchtower
https://soundcloud.com/dave-downin/richie-havens-all-along-the


MP3 Version - 320kbps
http://www.mediafire.com/?jtk1b6455zj21yf
After listening to the recording, please come back and rate it as to the quality of the recording. The grades listed above are my personal opinion only.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds exactly like shows I've seen Richie at here in suburban Phila. The outdoor venue here to has crickets! Awesome show and recording.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for share this treasure! I'll love Richie Havens until I die!!! Also JJ Cale!!!!!

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