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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evangeline
  • ASIN: B00028X2AA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Richie's best album since the 70's. Beautiful musical arrangements, with an exotic, world music groove, and a really incredible group of tunes, most of which he wrote. And check out his cover of the Joni Mitchell classic, "Woodstock". Richie's always been known for doing unique takes on other songwriters' works, but this is the most amazing one yet, expecially when you consider the man was there. Slowed down, foreboding, truly mesmerising, spine-tingling stuff. Other highlights include "By The Grace Of The Sun", "Way Down Deep" (a classic hippie jam with great lyrics), "Red Flowers", an hypnotic instrumental groove called "Dusk"...I could go on and on...BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Say1962_Now on 12 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rarely musicans get to the point of melting with the music. Richie Havens was that kind of musican, who was infiniatelly immersed in music he played. And he brought such happiness and joy into it. Everytime I listen to this album it puts a smile on my face. Just a stellar groove, recorded with pristine sound.

If you are thinking about having only one Richie Havens album get this one and get happy with your life experience. Life is good!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe55 on 25 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A bit of a nostalgic trip for me but this was worth listening to. Some of the tracks are less appealing than others but that's to be expected from a singer that rarely records.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Nevers ceases to enchant and amaze! 27 July 2004
By M. Manzino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Richie Havens is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters guitarists!. I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert a few months ago and actually got to meet him!. His version of Watchtower is enchanting and reminds me of when I saw him in concert. Grace of the Sun is no exception. I also have Wishing Well, and this newest release seems to pick up where Wishing Well left off. This album is filled with lots of sunny songs, a refreshing change from the darker music of today. Grace of the Sun immediately draws you in with it's groove and Richie's intense rhythmic strumming. Watchtower is another favorite of mine, and Richie's approach to this song is quieter then Hendrix or Dylan's. But sung with just as much passion and conviction. Woodstock is a classic! I've heard this song performed by many other artists, Joni and CSNY but Richie again makes this song his own. This song alone is worth the price of the album!. Richie's version evokes such feeling and the haunting way he sings "By the time we got to woodstock we were half a million strong everywhere there's a song and celebration" Way Down Deep is wonderful drawing you in with the lyrics and melody Dusk is one of the few instrumentals that's kept my interest all the way through. Pulling Up the Stone is brilliant as is Scarlet Flames and Red Flowers!. We both Know is wonderful accented by Richie and Walter Parks on guitar. When is also wonderful with some seventh chords in the beginning and Richie's soothing voice singing "Tell me when you leave the phone" This album is amazing! I only purchased it a few days ago, and it's already in constant rotation in my CD player. If you're looking for an album that is stunning, quiet and beautiful buy this one highly recommended!.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A spiritual musical journey... 5 Oct 2004
By R. N. Marley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Richie Havens, employing his signature D guitar tuning, delivers a gem with Grace of the Sun. Taking a recent interest in American and world politics, he gears his songs toward this subject matter with his covers of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," and Fred Neil's "Red Flowers." Havens' percussive strumming helps to build energy, fuelled by his unmistakable voice, which resonates with decades of passion for freedom, truth and justice.

It is this credo he has spread the world over since performing as the opening act of the Woodstock folk music festival in 1969. In tribute to the 35th anniversary of the festival, Havens performs a spirited rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock." A wonderful folk song by Mitchell and a spirited rock anthem by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Havens delivers what can only be called an epitaph for those individuals who were daring enough to dream of peace, and beautiful enough to make that dream a reality, even if only for one weekend.

This, his second release in as many years, reflects Havens at his finest, as he appears to be approaching a new outburst of creativity in his already storied tenure as a folk legend. In a career closing in on 4 decades of performing and recording music, the multi-talented Havens has recently began exploring photography, painting, and even digital art, seeking new ways to express himself. While Havens may be proving that an old dog can learn new tricks on Grace of the Sun, he still comes through with the classic Havens sound on his covers as well as a few originals. A must own for any Havens fan and a good intro for any curious listener.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Flame Still Burns 19 Oct 2006
By Jim Newsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For a brief period at the turn of the 1970s, Richie Havens was a bona fide semi-popstar. He never sold many records and didn't have any hit singles, but his passionate performance captured in the film and soundtrack album of the Woodstock festival brought him a considerable cachet of coolness within the counterculture and on college campuses.

From the opening lines of Havens' new CD, Grace of the Sun, it's clear this troubadour hasn't lost one bit of his distinctively soulful voice. Indian percussionist Badal Roy's tabla blends with the singer's own trademark open-tuned strumming to take the listener back to the days when the music really mattered. After the upbeat second cut, "Way Down Deep," you're pulled into the music, rockin' in rhythm just like Richie himself as he wowed the Woodstock crowd with his improvised riff that became known as "Freedom."

Ironically, track three is Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock." While an appropriate number for this great interpreter to tackle, he approaches the song more like Joni's own somber version than like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's rocker, and at six minutes long, it drags. Unfortunately, the disc drags in several other spots along the way, and a certain sameness threatens to take hold as the program progresses. It's not that the tempos are slow, for there is rhythmic variety, but the overall tone of the album feels down, almost mournful.

There are some nice sonic touches within the arrangements, and the instrumental "Dusk" has a delicious world music ambience with electric sitar and Turkish violin. However, the individual components of the acoustic guitar army employed on most cuts get in the way of one another at times.

Havens has always been a master at reinventing Dylan tunes, but choosing the oft-covered "All Along the Watchtower" leaves little room for originality. Better is his original "When," which borrows liberally from the chord structure of "Just Like a Woman," giving a point of reference to a questioning lyric that says, "Our dreams have all been raided/by every type of greed/Our freedoms have been traded/along with everything we need."

"Scarlet Flames" opens like a remake of "Handsome Johnny," then evolves into a call for action to "help your brother, love one another" and "stand up and sing while you do your thing." Now this is more like it!

It's obvious that Richie Havens has not given up the fight, for you can hear the commitment in his music as he stands tall within the Grace of the Sun.

Copyright 2004 Port Folio Weekly. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

Originally published in Port Folio Weekly 12/14/04.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Better Than Ever! 15 Sep 2004
By Highergrounded - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Richie Havens for approximately fifteen years, during which time I have gotten copies of most of his recorded material. Grace of the Sun has not left my CD player since it arrived in my home in early August. Actually that's not totally true - it has accompanied me in my car for a wonderful drive home to NYC.

This album shows Richie at his best. His skills as a writer and composer are honed to a razor sharp edge. His choice and interpretation of covers are perfect. Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" gets a new lease on life for its 35th anniversary. Fred Neil's "Red Flowers" is an especially moving ballad, perfect for our current troubled times.

Havens' original songs are nothing short of fantastic and make this album a perfect and well rounded work of art. While the great quality of all of the original songs makes it impossible to pick a favorite, the trippy eastern influenced instrumental, "Dusk" is the most uncharacteristic composition on the album, showing off Havens' well developed skills as a composer.

If you don't own this album you owe it to yourself to grab a copy.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant - A desert island disc already! 24 July 2004
By T. O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this album is brilliant, spontanious, moving... It is amazing that Richie Havens can put out some of his best work 35+ years into his career. I have owned this disc for only 5 days and it has been in my player non-stop.

The liner notes mention that it is recorded live to 2 inch analog tape. The result is a disc that sounds warm and spontanious, as if it were being performed right in your living room.
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