Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Harvey Mandel - 1973 - Shangrenade

Harvey Mandel 

01. What The Funk
02. Fish Walk
03. Sugarloaf
04. Midnight Sun II
05. Million Dollar Feeling
06. Green Apple Quickstep
07. Frenzy
08. Shangrenade

Victor Conte Bass, Electric Upright Bass, Guitar
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Violin, Violin (Electric)
Coleman Head Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
Danny Keller Drums
Paul Lagos Drums
Ray Lester Bass
Bobby Lyle Clavinet, Piano
Harvey Mandel Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer
Richard Martin Vocals
Freddie Roulette Guitar (Steel)
Mark Skyer Guitar, Vocals

Why does this album not show up in all the lists of essential guitar albums?
Shangrenade is an album of great instrumental music and wonderful guitar innovation.
At the time of it's release, no one was using the two handed finger tapping technique that Mandel had mastered.
The album was truely years ahead of it's time.  Today, many guitarists routinely use the techniques that originated with this album.  Even if you are not a guitar player and cannot appreciate the innovative playing, this album is still a gem to listen to. A classic jazzy funky rock instrumental record.  It has always been one of my personal favorites.

Harvey Mandel - 1972 - The Snake

Harvey Mandel 
The Snake

01. The Divining Rod 3:04
02. Pegasus 3:30
03. Lynda Love 2:45
04. Peruvian Flake 3:31
05. The Snake 3:15
06. Uno Ino 2:34
07. Ode To The Owl 2:42
08. Levitation 5:14
09. Bite The Electric Eel 4:15

Kevin Burton Keyboards, Organ
Victor Conte Bass, Guitar
Antonio de la Barreda Bass
Adolfo de la Parra Drums
Chuck Domanico Bass
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Violin
Paul Lagos Drums
Charles Lloyd Flute
Harvey Mandel Guitar, Vocals
Earl Palmer Drums, Main Personnel
Randy Resnick Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
Freddie Roulette Guitar (Steel)
Jim Taylor Piano
Larry Taylor Bass

Mandel's fifth album, like Jeff Beck's best '70s efforts, add bluesy, jazzy shadings to a rock base. But The Snake is more firmly entrenched in blues-rock than, say, Blow by Blow. Harvey's playing (occasionally augmented by violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris) is always impressive, but the compositions (all but one instrumental) aren't gripping, and meander too much. It's not as good as Mandel's late-'60s recordings for Philips, but it's still one of the better early rock-based fusion recordings.