Album review

Richie Havens - Grace Of The Sun

Havens' live show, in which he mixes songs with reminiscences about the days of Greenwich Village and Woodstock, is an unabated joy. On record he's equally nostalgic, sticking unswervingly to the same rhythmically strummed open tunings and passionate folk-soul vocals he's been peddling for almost 40 years. Despite the familiarity, the formula still sounds not only great but positively noble: he even gets away with new versions of "Woodstock" and "All Along The Watchtower". A monument to more hopeful times.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...