Cristo Redentor, Phillips (dist. by Mercury), PHS 600-281 / 1968

Righteous, Phillips, PHS 600-306 / 1969

Games Guitars Play, Phillips, PHS 600-325 / 1970

Baby Batter, Janus Records (dist. by GRT), JLS-3017 / 1971

The Snake (with Don “Sugarcane” Harris), Janus, JLS-3037/ 1972

He emerged as one of the most innovative guitar players to come out of the psychedelic blues boom of the late 1960’s. Harvey “The Snake” Mandel pioneered electric fusion guitar with a string of jazz influences and an unmatched Blues background honed in the Windy City’s seediest clubs. “The Snake” marks Mandel’s signature stamp on modern music as an player looking decades into the future, incorporating then-unheard of effects and his signature snake-like guitar licks. “Uno Ino” features a rare foray into vocal work, and “Ode To The Owl” pays tribute to the then-recently deceased Alan” Blind Owl” Wilson. The slinky leads on this record will make you want to get up and strut the evening away.

Shangrenade (with Don “Sugarcane” Harris) Janus, JLS-3047 / 1973

Employing a distinctive two-handed finger-tapping method that many guitarists including Eddie Van Halen later mimicked, Shangrenade implements this on over 85% of the album. Teaming up once again with Don “Sugarcane” Harris of Don & Dewey fame, Mandel put out a record that was years before it’s time in the realm of psychedelic guitar. Incorporating sustain effects to replace strumming, he overdubs himself several times intertwining snake-like guitar licks and interjecting whammy-bar whines. Recommended to every aspiring axeman.

Feel the Sound of Harvey Mandel, Janus, JLS-3067 / 1974

The Best of Harvey Mandel, Janus, 7014 / 1975

Harvey’s first “Greatest Hits” record, it combines tracks from his first seven albums. Originally released during the height of his Mercury Years, “The Best Of Harvey Mandel” was concurrent with his tryouts for the Rolling Stones. Including hits like “Wade In The Water”, “Cristo Redentor” and “The Snake”, it provided a good introduction to his career for the beginning listener, and a cheaper alternative than buying seven records at once. It is still occaisonally available on eBay for the moderate price of around $15-20.

Nashville Bandit/Country Rose, Fresh Squeezed Records, FS-4506 (single) Live Boot: Harvey

Mandel–Live in California 1990, Vol.1, Fresh Squeezed Records/ 1990

Blues Guitar & Beyond, Hot Licks, VGM 158 (guitar instructional video) / 1991

Twist City, Western Front Entertainment, WFE 10022 / 1993

Back to the basics of guitar innovation, Twist City marks The Snake’s first solo record in 19 years and features nine recharged tracks of inferno intensity. He pays tribute to his roots; The title song is named after the club where he first sat in with Buddy Guy, “Bear Down” assimilates the boogie persona of fallen Canned Heat band-mate Bob “The Bear” Hite, and “Crosscut Saw” delivers a tastefully groovy nod to Albert King. Vocalist Mark Skyer takes care of the shouting, bellowing through each tune with the intensity of a 1970 Hemi Cuda.  “Twist City” enjoyed a stint on the charts when “Shotgun Man” was featured in the network TV series Nash Bridges.

Learn Blues Guitar with the Greats, Hot Licks, VAB 701 (guitar instructional video) / 1995

Snakes And Stripes, Clarity Recordings, CCD-1013/ 1995

“Snakes And Stripes” goes back to the twelve bar basics of Mandel’s complete mastery of the blues guitar, and simultaneously reestablishes is 3-D approach to changing instrumental effects. The six instrumental tracks show liquid direction and applied theory with intermittent supernova explosions of notes. “Future Blues” by Willie Brown and later reworked by Canned Heat is covered with a full horn section and female lead vocalist, and “Tears For Eric” employs many of the licks that led Barry Goldberg to give The Snake his nickname. The disc was released in two formats, the regular version, and a 24k gold remastered audiophile disc. The latter has been seen by the Snake Crew in collector shops for the $30-40 range.

Harvey Mandel: The Mercury Years ('Chronicles' 2-CD Anthology), PolyGram, 314 528 275-2 / 1995

The Mercury Years is a compilation of Mandel’s first three records; “Cristo Redentor”, “Righteous”, and “Games Guitars Play” on Phillips/Mercury Records. This set marks an audiophile release of his legendary first recordings, leveling the psychedelia scene with sustain previously unheard of. All three releases have been re-mastered in chronological order, and the Masters were digitally tracked to ensure the full potential of the audio quality. Liner notes including the original album covers and artwork are included, as are facts about The Snake’s career, focusing on the early work with Mercury. The album is packaged in a slim-line case and is currently Out Of Print in the United States. Copies routinely sell on eBay for $50 apiece.

Planetary Warrior, ESP/Lightyear/WEA, 54215-2 / 1997

The 1997 release from guitar master Harvey “The Snake” Mandel (the world’s premier psychedelic guitar player), entitled Planetary Warrior, is a contemporary twelve song adventure in vocals and instrumentals which features vocalist Sonny Reece (on the first five vocal numbers), drummer Bennie Murray, and bassist Artis Joyce. The six instrumentals find Mandel showcasing his concise chops, his command of a multitude of tone pedal controls and exposing his unique take on Link Wray’s “Rumble”. Guest artists include keyboard legends Howard Wales and Barry Goldberg, and Steve Kimock on slide guitar. On balance, Planetary Warrior serves up a hard-edged platter of rock/blues outer space nourishment. Note: this CD’s jewel case has been marked by a drill hole in the lower spine by a former distributor to prevent return; it does not effect the performance of the CD. Instrumental Guitar (Electric/Rock), total running time, 55:56

Emerald Triangle, Electric Snake Productions, Inc., ESP-9701 / 1998

All-instrumental and dangerously funky, “Emerald Triangle” is an astral project that saw Harvey Mandel ready to embrace the new millennium. Smooth jazz is combined with an edgy crystalline feel that is part new age, part old school, and wholly in the groove. Subtle flurries of muted notes interlude through the corners of the record while mathematical precision delivers rhythm, magnitude and overall solidity. Assimilation of synthesizer knowledge and digital processors saw The Snake take complete control of the digital production, filling soundscapes of both keyboards and guitar. Classical composer Ravel’s “Bolero” is also tastefully redone to modern standards.

Lick This, Electric Snake Productions / 1999

The 1999 CD release from guitar master Harvey “The Snake” Mandel (the world’s premier psychedelic guitar player), is entitled Lick This, a modern contemporary techno recording which offers body-moving instrumentals and hip-hoppin’ trance vocals from collaborator Sonny Reece. The bulk of the CD features instrumental tracks with Mandel spicing up the sonic stew with his unique guitaristic flavorings — plenty of effects are used to enhance and humanize the techno backdrops. Lick This cuts a new musical path for Mandel, showing the boundless nature of his ideas and talent. Instrumental Guitar (Electric/Rock/Electronica), total running time, 65:44

West Coast Killaz, Eric & Harvey Mandel, Eectric Snake Productions / 2000

West Coast Killaz is guitar master Harvey “The Snake” Mandel’s second production collaboration with his son, vocalist Eric Mandel. Their first, “Lick This” was a modern contemporary techno recording which offered body-moving instrumentals and hip-hoppin’ trance vocals whereas West Coast Killaz is a rap/hip-hop record blended with Harvey’s cool, quirky, overdriven guitar jams. The CD features songs about crack dealers, dope and drive-by shootings (“3rd Street Killaz”), running from the police (“You’re Busted”), hoes, 5-0s, and drug dealers (“Street Soldierz”), and homeboyz down on their luck (“Gimmie A Hit!”) — and contains the ubiquitous profanity one would associate with a rap release (the CD carries a Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics sticker). Rap/Rock, total running time, 43:34


With Canned Heat

· Future Blues, United Artists, LST-11002/ 1969

· Canned Heat ’70 Concert–Recorded Live in Europe, UA, UAS-5509/ 1970

· Woodstock ( with various artists), Cotillion Atlantic, SD 30599/ 1970

· Historical Figures and Ancient Heads, United Artists, UAS-5557/ 1972

· Human Condition, Takoma, 7066/ 1978

· Woodstock: The Lost Performances (with various artists), Warner Brothers, 12202 (video)/ 1993

· Uncanned! The Best of Canned Heat, EMI Records USA, 72438-29165-29/ 1994

· Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music, EFI, 82636 (CD Box Set with various artists)/ 1994

· Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music – The Director’s Cut, Warner Bros., 35493 (video)/ 1994

· Internal Combustion, River Road Records, RRR 61794-2/ 1994

· The Ties That Bind, Archive Recordings, 80002/ 1997

With John Mayall

USA Union, Polydor, 24-4022/ 1970

· Back to the Roots, Polydor (2), 25-3002/ 1971

· Archives To Eighties (with Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor), Polydor, 837 127-2/ 1985

· Room To Move 1969-1974, Polydor, 314 517 291-2/ 1992

With Don "Sugarcane" Harris

· Choice Cuts (Pure Food & Drug Act), Epic, E 31401/ 1972

· Fiddler on the Rock, MPS/BASF, 20878/ 1972

· Cup Full of Dreams, MPS/BASF, MB-21792/ 1973

With Barry Goldberg

· Blowing My Mind, Epic, LN 24199/ 1966

· The Barry Goldberg Reunion, Buddah, BDS 5012/ 1968

· Two Jews Blues (with Mike Bloomfield), Buddah, BDS-5029/ 1969

· Blues From Chicago, Cherry Red, CR-5104 (all four feature Charlie Musselwhite)

· Barry Goldberg and Friends (with Bloomfield), Record Man, CR-5105/ 1972

· Blasts From My Past (with Bloomfield and Duane Allman), Buddah, BDS-5081/ 1974

· Barry Goldberg & Friends-–Recorded Live, Buddah, 5684/ 1976

With Charlie Musselwhite:

Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s South Side Band (with Goldberg), Vanguard, VSD-79232/ 1966

With The Rolling Stones:

· Black and Blue, Rolling Stones Records, COC-79104/ 1976

With Jimmy Witherspoon:

· The Blues Singer, ABC/Bluesway, BLS-6026/ 1969

· The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon, BluesWay/ ABC Records, BLS-6051/ 1973

With The Ventures:

· Rock and Roll Forever, United Artists, UAR-5649/ 1972 (featured guitarist on all songs )

· Only The Hits, EMI-Manhattan—a division of Capitol Records, 4XLL9778/ 1988

With Love:

· Reel to Real, RSO Records, SO-4804/ 1974

With Freddie Roulette: (produced by Harvey Mandel )

· Sweet Funky Steel, Janus, JLS-3053/ 1973


he Psychedelic Guitar Circus (Harvey Mandel, Henry Kaiser, Steve Kimock, and Freddie Roulette), Rykodisc, RCD 10347/ 1996
Geno White: Standing In Stereo (with Bon Lozaga), LOLO Records, LOLO 012-2/ 1996
Make Waves (with Shaka Ra and the World Pop Machine), World Pop Records, WPR#004/ 1996
Denis Farley: Moodswing Woogie, Flat Baroque Records, FB0391-496/1996
More Bay Area Blues (with various artists), Taxim Records, TX 1022-2 TA/ 1996
Nothin’ But The Blues (5 CD box Set with Charlie Musselwhite, Barry Goldberg, Mike Bloomfield, Robben Ford, Johnny Otis, Daryl Dragon), LaserLight Digital, 15 956/ 1995
Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music Of Peter Green (with various artists), Viceroy Music, VIC2-8021/ 1995
H.h * Heather Horton (with Chip Znuff, & Donnie Vie), Wex Records/ 1995
The Psychedelic Guitar Circus (with Henry Kaiser, Steve Kimock, and Freddie Roulette), Sky Ranch/Virgin-France & Germany 394322/ 1994
The Infinite Summer Of Love (with The Soul Poets plus various artists), Taxim Records, TX 2016-2TA/ 1994
Skull (with Gary Sloan–Live in Alaska), Boogie-Til-Dawn, PRCD013/ 1994
Blue Shoes (with Gary Sloan–Alaska), Boogie-Til-Dawn, PRCD-011/ 1992
Moody Guitars, (various artists), Viva Records (a division of Line Music), VVCD 9.01123 L/ 1991
Guitar Speak II (various artists), I.R.S. No Speak, IRSD-82028/ 1990
Guitar Player Presents: Legends of Guitar-Electric Blues, Vol.1 (various), Rhino, R2-70716/ 1990
Best Of The Blues (with Goldberg, Bloomfield, Musselwhite, Robben Ford), Red Hot, 6001/ 1982
Music From Free Creek (various artists), Charisma, 6641-132/ 1973
Chief Dewey Terry (with Sugarcane Harris), Tumbleweed Records/ 1973
Ken Little (with Sugarcane Harris, Detroit Jr., & Hubert Sumlin), Dharma, D 801 (5 tracks produced by Harvey Mandel ) / 1973
Blue Rose, Epic Records, E 31252/ 1972
Get Off in Chicago (various artists), Ovation (2), QD-14-15 (produced by Harvey Mandel) …also Quad release, OVQD 1415/ 1971
Flying Bear Medicine Show (various artists), Smash/Mercury, SRS-67125/ LIVE 1969
Mighty Grahame Bond, Pulsar Records (dist. by Mercury), AR-10606/ 1968
Chicago Anthology–Archives Series Vol. III (with Musselwhite & Goldberg), Together Records, ST-T-1024/ 1966
Transformation Paradox (with Stan Jeff Brown), Global Records, SJB2213AB/ 1987
Let’s All Get Naked (with Acme Thunder Band), ROX, 069