Detroit-born blues-rock guitarist and future Rolling Stone Harvey Mandel had an innovative approach to electric guitar, being among the first to utilize an intricate two-handed fretboard tapping technique. Mandel joined Charley Musselwhite’s band in 1965, joined Canned Heat in time to play at Woodstock and then joined John Mayall’s band. 1972 album The Snake,
his final LP for Janus, benefited from bassist Victor Conte, drummer Paul Lagos and rhythm guitarist Randy Resnick of Pure Food and Drug Act, as well as violinist “Sugarcane” Harris and Charles Lloyd on flute. These hard rockin’ blues instrumentals have plenty of nice musical touches, infusing the disc with jazz, Latin and other unusual tinges.