NoBullying.com, in their April, 2015 piece entitled “Songs About Depression,” reminds us Beatles fans that the song “Every Night” from Paul McCartney’s debut solo album — recorded while still legally a Beatle — was created while the bassist was battling depression.
How nice to see Richie Havens take this song and imbue it with his own very upful feeling:
“Every Night” Richie Havens 1980
Elektra would release “Every Night” b/w “Here’s a Song” as a single. “Every Night” would also find itself in the enviable position of side one, track two on Havens’ Connections LP, released in 1980.
Richie Havens: Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Ann Lang & Gail Wynters: Backing Vocals
Andy Newmark: Drums
Chuck Rainey: Bass
Montego Joe: Congas & Tambourine
Elliot Randall, Jeffrey Baxter: Electric Guitar
Jack Waldman: Keyboards
Note: you have until Halloween to bid on a sealed 8-track of Richie Havens’ Connections.
1980 sounds a little late for 8-track tapes possibly — makes me wonder when production finally ceased for that lowly country mouse of audio playback formats (created by Bill Lear of celebrity jet fame). According to technology-and-society blog, For the First Time (or the Last Time):
“There is a debate about the last commercially released 8-track by a major label, but many agree it was Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits in November 1988. Some 8-track titles were still available through record clubs until 1989. Many of these late-period releases are highly collectible due to the low numbers that were produced. Among the most rare is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood. The record club-only 8-track cartridge that seems to sell for the highest amount is The Police’s The Singles, which has sold for over $200 for a single copy. Another highly sought-after title among collectors has been The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols, which has sold for over $100 for an open copy in average condition.”