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Pure Food & Drug Act Live at Civic Center – Choise Cuts 1971

Posted in BLUES, Don "Sugar Cane" HARRIS, Pure Food & Drug Act on November 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Pure Food & Drug Act Live at Civic Center – Choise Cuts 1971
Pasadena, CA on Dec 20th.
2002 Issue.


This is perhaps one of the funkiest Live Albums to come out of the 70’s.Harvey Mandell is in top form on guitar, and those of us who know “Sugarcane” well, this is hard to top…This album did not recieve wide public fame when it was released, but if you want to hear a great live album, this is it. Finally it’s available on CD, I waited for years for this, the CD is excellent, do yourself a favor and buy this to get “Soul Food” and other classic cuts…PF&DA…Yeah
By Harlan P. Busch.
Pure Food and Drug Act  Popular Music band that was formed in the early 1970s by Don “Sugarcane” Harris. The band began with Paul Lagos on drums, Larry Taylor on bass and Randy Resnick on guitar. Resnick was at that time experimenting with a one and two handed tapping technique which later became a standard guitarist’s tool. The group played small rooms in the Los Angeles area, such as the Troubador and the Ash Grove, for several months.

While the band was searching for a record deal, Larry Taylor allegedly began to tire of Don’s constant lateness and irresponsibility and decided to continue his career with Mayall. At the same time, Harvey Mandel, a Mayall alumni, was brought in to beef up the accompaniment and to stimulate record label interest, as he already had a following from his Chicago blues days. To replace Taylor on bass, a relative newcomer, Victor Conte, was recruited from Common Ground, a funk band in Fresno that Resnick had played in. Conte went on to play in Tower of Power and with Herbie Hancock in his Monster Band.

Choice Cuts was the band’s only album, recorded live in Seattle in 1972, but it was mostly unsuccessful. Allegedly because of Don’s unreliable nature, the band rarely rehearsed. Live performances included extended solos and improvised ensemble sections, and one song would often last 20 minutes or more. Various line-up changes took place until the band broke up a few years after releasing its first album.
Don “Sugar Cane” Harris- Violin
Harvey Mandel- Guitar
Randy Rare Resnick- Guitar
Victor Conte- Bass
Paul Lagos†- Drums
01. Introduction: Jim’s Message  1:44
02. My Soul’s on Fire  4:20
03. ‘Till the Day I Die  7:12
04. Eleanor Rigby  11:01
05. A Little Soul Food  4:06
06. Do It Yourself  4:24
07. Where’s My Sunshine?  9:03
08. What Comes Around Goes Around 4:23

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