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Canned Heat & Harvey Mandel -2010- Live Musikfestival Wohlen

 

 

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

” Canned Heat & Harvey Mandel
-2010-
live musikfestival Wohlen, CH “

 

 

 

” In the mold of Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Mike Bloomfield, Mandel is an extremely creative rock guitarist with heavy blues and jazz influences. And like those guitarists, his vocal abilities are basically nonexistent, though Mandel, unlike some similar musicians, has always known this, and concentrated on recordings that are entirely instrumental, or feature other singers. A minor figure most known for auditioning unsuccessfully for the Rolling Stones, he recorded some intriguing (though erratic) work on his own that anticipated some of the better elements of jazz-rock fusion, showcasing his concise chops, his command of a multitude of tone pedal controls, and an eclecticism that found him working with string orchestras and country steel guitar wizards. Mandel got his first toehold in the fertile Chicago white blues-rock scene of the mid-’60s (which cultivated talents like Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Steve Miller), and made his first recordings as the lead guitarist for harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite. Enticed to go solo by Blue Cheer producer Abe Kesh, Harvey cut a couple of nearly wholly instrumental albums for Phillips in the late ’60s that were underground FM radio favorites, establishing him as one of the most versatile young American guitar lions. He gained his most recognition, though, not as a solo artist, but as a lead guitarist for Canned Heat in 1969 and 1970, replacing Henry Vestine and appearing with the band at Woodstock. Shortly afterward, he signed up for a stint in John Mayall‘s band, just after the British bluesman had relocated to California. Mandel unwisely decided to use a vocalist for his third and least successful Philips album. After his term with Mayall (on USA Union and Back to the Roots) had run its course, he resumed his solo career, and also formed Pure Food & Drug Act with violinist Don “Sugarcane” Harris (from the ’50s R&B duo Don & Dewey), which made several albums. In the mid-’70s, when the Rolling Stones were looking for a replacement for Mick Taylor, Mandel auditioned for a spot in the group; although he lost to Ron Wood, his guitar does appear on two cuts on the Stones‘ 1976 album, Black & Blue. Recording intermittently since then as a solo artist and a sessionman, his influence on the contemporary scene is felt via the two-handed fretboard tapping technique that he introduced on his 1973 album Shangrenade, later employed by Eddie Van Halen, Stanley Jordan, and Steve Vai. “

 

 

Discography

 

Albums Compilations All

    Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings  
  Cristo Redentor 1968 Cristo Redentor album review Caroline Distribution  
(8)
 
 
Righteous
1969 Righteous album review Cleopatra  
(4)
 
 
Games Guitars Play
1970 Games Guitars Play album review Philips  
(2)
 
  Electronic Progress 1971 Electronic Progress    
(1)
 
 
Baby Batter
1971 Baby Batter album review Beat Goes On  
(15)
 
 
The Snake
1972 The Snake album review Beat Goes On  
(14)
 
 
Get Off in Chicago
1972 Get Off in Chicago    
(5)
 
 
Shangrenade
1973 Shangrenade Repertoire  
(5)
 
 
Feel the Sound of Harvey Mandel
1974 Feel the Sound of Harvey Mandel Repertoire  
(1)
 
 
Twist City
1994 Twist City album review Western Front Entertainment  
(2)
 
 
Nothin' But the Blues: Blues from Chicago
1995 Nothin’ But the Blues: Blues from Chicago Laserlight / Delta Distribution  
(2)
 
 
Snakes & Stripes
1995 Snakes & Stripes album review Clarity Recordings  
(5)
 
 
Psychedelic Guitar Circus
1996 Psychedelic Guitar Circus album review Rykodisc  
(1)
 
 
Planetary Warrior
1997 Planetary Warrior Viceroy / Lightyear  
(2)
 
  Emerald Triangle 2000 Emerald Triangle Orchard  
(1)
 
 
Lick This
2000 Lick This Electric Snake Productions  
(1)
 
 
West Coast Killaz
2003 West Coast Killaz Electric Snake Productions  
(2)
 
 
Cristo Redentor...Plus Selected Sessions
2003 Cristo Redentor…Plus Selected Sessions Raven  
(16)
 
 
Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew: Live
2009 Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew: Live    
(1)
 
 
Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew
  Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew CD Baby
(1)

 

 

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