Harvey MANDEL – The Snake 1972

Harvey MANDEL – The Snake 1972
1998 Issue.


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. ~ Richie Unterberger

Digitally remastered reissue of the master guitarist’s 1974 live solo album was done by Jon Astley (The Who). Featured players on these sessions included bassist Alan Spenner and guitarist Neil Hubbard, both of whom were in Joe Cocker’s Grease Band and would later join Kokomo just after these sessions and eventually ended up in Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry’s solo groups a few years later. Mel Collins followed close to the same path (sans the Roxy Music gig), having just left King Crimson and later would play on countless efforts from bands like Bad Company, a tenure in Camel, Clannad, Dire Straits, Alan Parsons Project, The Rolling Stones and many more.
Harvey Mandel- (Vocals,Guitar)
Don “Sugarcane” Harris- (Strings, Violin)
Randy Resnick- (Guitar)
Freddie Roulette- (Steel, Guitar)
Charles Lloyd- (Flute)
Jim Taylor- (Piano)
Kevin Burton- (Organ, Keyboards)
Victor Conte- (Bass)
Antonio de la Barreda- (Bass)
Chuck Domanico- (Bass)
Larry Taylor- (Bass)
Paul Lagos- (Drums)
Earl Palmer- (Drums)
Adolfo de la Parra- (Drums)
01. The Divining Rod 3:01
02. Pegasus 3:26
03. Lynda Love 2:30
04. Peruvian Flake3:27
05. The Snake 3:06
06. Uno Ino2:33
07. Ode To The Owl 2:36
08. Levitation 5:12
09. Bite The Electric Eel 4:11

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