Harvey Mandel ‎– Cristo Redentor

Raven Records ‎– RVCD-163
CD, Album, Remastered

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Cristo Redentor
1 Wade In The Water
Composed By – Alexander*, A. Cooke*Congas – Armando Perezza*
2 Lights Out 4:52
3 Bradley's Barn 3:15
4 You Can't Tell Me
Composed By – Dino Valente*, Harvey MandelPiano – Grahame Bond*
5 Nashville 1 A.M.
Composed By – Abe Kesh, Harvey Mandel
6 Cristo Redentor
Composed By – Duke PearsonHarp – Catherine Gotthofer*Piano – Nick DeCaroSoprano Vocals – Jacqueline May AllenVoice – Carolyn Willis, Edna Wright, Julia Tillman*
7 Before Six
Composed By – A. Fraiser*Congas – Carter Collins*Tenor Saxophone – Larry Easter
8 The Lark
Composed By – Abe Kesh, Harvey Mandel
9 Snake 3:45
10 Long Wait
Composed By – Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel
Bonus Tracks
Barry Goldberg 1969
11 Spirit Of Trane
Composed By – Barry GoldbergProducer – Barry Goldberg, Louis Merenstein*
Canned Heat, 1970
12 My Time Ain't Long
Composed By – Alan Wilson*
13 Let's Work Together
Composed By – Wilbert Harrison
14 That's All Right
Composed By – Jimmy RogersProducer – Jim Taylor, Skip Taylor
Pure Food And Drug Act, 1972
15 A Little Soul Food
Composed By – Don Harris*, Shuggie Otis
16 What Comes Around Goes Around
Composed By – Pure Food & Drug Act*
17 My Soul's On Fire
Composed By – D. Harris*, H. Mandel*, P. Lagos*, V. Conte*
Love, 1974
18 Which Witch Is Which
Composed By – Arthur LeeProducer – Skip TaylorProducer [Assistant] – Arthur Lee, John Stronach

Companies, etc.



Special thanks to Jerry Bradley and Jerry Kennedy for assistance above and beyond the call of twelve bar blues.
Steve Miller and Larry Easter courtesy of Linn County.
Harvey Mandel's amplifier custom engineered by Charles Button, courtesy of Don Wehr's Music City, San Francisco, California.

Los Angeles - Western Recorders, Wally Heider Studio, Amigo Studios
San Francisco - Avalon Ballroom (courtesy Cher Helms)
Nashville - Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
New York - Record Plant

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 12657 01632 9
  • Matrix / Runout: AAV REGENCY 55909 RVCD-163 P15710
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6Z03

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PHS 600-281 Harvey Mandel Cristo Redentor(LP, Album, Promo) Philips PHS 600-281 US 1968 Sell This Version
EEGCD 62 Harvey Mandel Cristo Redentor(CD, Album, RE) Editions EG EEGCD 62 1989 Sell This Version
CLP 1791 Harvey Mandel Cristo Redentor(LP, Album, RE) Purple Pyramid CLP 1791 US 2014 Sell This Version
6336009 Harvey Mandel Cristo Redentor(LP, Album, RE) Philips 6336009 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SBL7873, SBL.7873 Harvey Mandel Cristo Redentor(LP, Album) Philips, Philips SBL7873, SBL.7873 UK 1968 Sell This Version



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June 6, 2015

Unless you’re able to find “Cristo Redentor” [which means Christ The Redeemer in Portuguese] with the bonus material, this album is for all intent and purposes an instrumental bit of wanderlust from a far overlooked artist, a session and sideman of the first caliber, a man who’s played with the likes of John Mayall, Canned Heat, Charlie Musselwhite, and with the departure of Mick Taylor, auditioned for the Rolling Stones.

Mandel’s sound is all his own, with John Mayall once describing it as “Harvey’s wall of sound,” then going to say that while brilliant and all encompassing, that Harvey’s vision would have changed the course and structure of Mayall’s vision ... so he took his Gibson 355 and set out to see what doors he could open with his mastery of controlled feedback, delay, and penchant for blues and jazz infused psychedelia. People often wave off psychedelia as nothing more than a brief moment in time, belonging mainly to Jimi Hendrix. But listening to Mandrel’s arrangements, arrangements that are tight, restrained, controlled, well constructed, fluid, and adventurous without moving into the world of progressive music, it’s easy to hear that this is a man with a vision ... equal to anything The Paul Butterfield Blues Band did on their hypnotic outing “East West.”

This is a late night adventure, and there’s a reason this album lends itself to a wee hours of the morning listening, where Mandrel gathered together a host of talent ... Kenny Buttry and Bob Moore, who would soon bring Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” to life, the Wrecking Crew rhythm section of Eddie Hoh and Art Stavro, along with Stalwarts, who would be a guiding force for nearly all of the early Monkees’ sessions, Pete Drake, a Nashville genius on pedal steel, and finally, his long time friend and collaborator Barry Goldberg, who’s responsible for the funkier sides. There’s no magic here, no accidents, it’s because of this grouping of talent, that “Cristo Redentor” flowers with such variety and intensity, never sounding dated, styled, or locked into a theme.

This is one of those brilliant albums that cries for a full bodied stereo, one that can deliver and channel the dream. Listening to “Cristo Redentor” is not a step back in time, nor is it a step forward, it rather seems always to be in the moment ... and that moment is a pure delight.

Review by Jenell Kesler