Exposé Online banner

Harvey Mandel — Live at Broadway Studios, San Francisco 2001
(RockBeat ROC 3366, 2001/2018, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-08-10

Live at Broadway Studios, San Francisco 2001 Cover art

Rock Beat Records is digging up some great shows to release from the vaults of time, like the Paul Butterfield Live in New York 1970 show that I reviewed about six months back, and a double disc set of The Electric Flag, Live from California 1967-1968 with great sound, and many more I have yet to hear. The album at hand by the eclectic and versatile guitarist Harvey Mandel was recored live in San Francisco at Broadway Studios on June 21, 2001, on one of his many tours passing through, where he made a name for himself back in the late 60s, fresh from the blues circuit in Chicago with Charlie Musselwhite and Barry Goldberg’s Reunion. This is a solid recording, featuring a great backing band including drummer John Vlen, bassist Joe Devito, and keyboard player Dave Scott. This all-instrumental show doesn’t coincide with any studio albums, it’s about four years after his last album, Planetary Warrior, and the set features one of its finest cuts “Emerald Triangle,” also “Midnight Sun” from Baby Batter, from Snakes and Stripes we have “The Bud Monster” and from The Snake we have the album’s title track. Three of the cuts performed, which account for over 30 minutes of the playing time, are classics revisited from his 1968 debut Cristo Redentor, including the title track, “Before Six” which opens the show, and the closer, a fourteen minute version of “Wade in the Water,” the latter two being cover tunes that over the years Mandel has made his own. There are several tunes in the set that appear on none of his studio releases, and one of the most interesting of these is simply titled “Experimental Song,” a powerful and funky guitar workout that may have ended up as parts of other tunes in the future, but at this point it simply is what it is, and it’s a fine example of Mandel’s innovative approach. The recording is for the most part superb, although on the early tracks the bass is a smidge too far up in the mix. It’s something one gets used to after a couple listens, and Mandel’s guitar cuts right through it all like a sharp knife anyway. It’s great to hear Mandel doing what he does best in a live setting.


Filed under: Archives, 2018 releases, 2001 recordings

Related artist(s): Harvey Mandel

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Invisibility – Forrest Fang is best known for his recent works in the area of world music, and Weingarten for his slide and ebow work with resonator guitars (dobro), so initially a collaboration between these two...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues