Monday, April 11, 2016

Harvey Mandel - 1970 - Games Guitars Play

Harvey Mandel -
Games Guitars Play

01. Leavin' Trunk 6:26
02. Honky Tonk 3:32
03. I Don't Need No Doctor 3:45
04. Dry Your Eyes 3:03
05. Ridin' High 2:45
06. Capurange 6:40
07. Senor Blues 5:30
08. Games People Play 4:45

Bass – Larry Taylor
Drums, Percussion – Eddie (Shades) Hoh
Guitar, Vocals, Organ, Piano – Russell Dashiel
Lead Guitar – Harvey Mandel

Feeling that he needed a singer to compete commercially, Mandel decided to abandon his instrumental format, taking on multi-instrumentalist Russell Dashiel as lead vocalist for a good share of the tracks. Alas, Dashiel was a mediocre singer who typified some of the lesser White blues-rock stylings of the period, and the material (with a higher percentage of blues and soul covers) was not up to the level of Mandel's first two efforts, although Harvey's playing remained accomplished and imaginative (as is evident on the original instrumental "Ridin' High" and the cover of Horace Silver's "Senor Blues").