DON “SUGARCANE” HARRIS Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (1973 Unreleased Deluxe Edition) UPGRADED!

front2Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (1973)
Unreleased Deluxe Edition

UPGRADED! If you got this one back in 2010 when we originally posted it… get it again! Back when I was first turning on to electric violinists, there seemed to be but three big names in the field; Papa John Creach, Jean-Luc Ponty and Don “Sugarcane” Harris (with no disrespect, of course, to the Darol Angers and David LaFlammes of the world). Both Ponty and Harris worked within Zappa’s ranks, which is where I first heard both… and why electrified violinists still make me think of FZ to this day. Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues was recorded live at the Berliner Jazztage Festival in 1971, and is considered one of his best. Now, for the first time, we’re fattening the original LP with three, recently unearthed, unreleased outtakes from the same performance. An additional 25 minutes, creating this (now upgraded) fake Deluxe Edition. Our original post used a vinyl rip of Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues, but we’ve now upgraded those files, using the fantastic sounding 2010 CD reissue of this 1973 album, which boasts some additional minutes of introductions and audience response. It’s far superior to our original post and well worth your download time again. It’s music that’s ideal for those who straddle the jazz/rock/blues divide and pine for a unique approach, if only just to distinguish it all from the rest. Check out Harris’ mouth-watering band; Don “Sugarcane” Harris (electric violin, vocals), Volker Kriegel (guitar), Terje Rypdal (guitar), Wolfgang Dauner (piano), Neville Whitehead (bass) & Robert Wyatt (drums).

Liz Pineapple Wonderful (10:31)
Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues (15:22)
Song For My Father (10:53)
Where’s My Sunshine (12:37)
It’s Not My Fault (8:14) – Unreleased Bonus Track
Moog Solo (2:45) – Unreleased Bonus Track
Been Down So Long (13:39) – Unreleased Bonus Track


  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 12:53 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Steve141
    June 3, 2011 - 00:46 | Permalink

    very nice W, Thanks

  • Lawrence
    February 19, 2012 - 06:21 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, Much appreciated!

  • May 1, 2012 - 23:32 | Permalink

    In one of those weird, “I can’t believe I didn’t notice this” moments, I found this and went “whoa”…In ANOTHER of those weird “how in the F*** did i NOT know about this” moments, I realized this has TERJE RYPDAL and ROBERT WYATT….
    Jesus… this has to be literally months before Robert broke his back, rendering him useless(possibly) as a drummer, but allowing him to move on to become one of the greatest icons of popular music we have today, wheelchair and all.
    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(exclamation points added for effect)

  • Willard
    May 2, 2012 - 10:07 | Permalink

    Cool. Glad you’re diggin’ it.

  • wyatt
    November 7, 2012 - 03:15 | Permalink

    Thanks for bringing this artist to my attention. I am sure that I heard him originally playing with Zappa but had never been exposed to his recordings. I really love his playing. Thanks as always..W

  • Carlos
    July 5, 2014 - 20:24 | Permalink

    I saw him in the mid 80’s when he was touring with tupelo chain sex. That was a good album- ‘spot the difference’ wonder if anyone has that one? Haven’t heard it in 30 years almost,wow time flies.

  • Carlos
    July 5, 2014 - 22:19 | Permalink

    Just checked YouTube and amazingly there is video from the same canadian tour of tupelo chain sex I saw in 85 with soundboard sound from London on.

    Dr. Nightfall featuring Sugarcane Harris. The whole concert is on to by same user.

    • Willard
      July 5, 2014 - 22:58 | Permalink

      THAT’S some weird shit. Knew nothing about any of this.

  • Steve626
    July 6, 2014 - 08:36 | Permalink

    Hey don’t forget Don & Dewey from the 50’s before he switched from guitar to violin!

  • Colonel Dan
    July 6, 2014 - 12:43 | Permalink

    Another Fantastic Post ! I First Heard Don Via His Stint With Frank Zappa.During The Late 80’s,When Our Band Was Opening For Hank Ballard,We Invited Don & Dewey (Who Were Also In Town),To Do A Few Tunes,With Our Backing Up.THEY WERE GREAT ! (& Both Insanely Fun).
    I Kept In Touch With Both Til Their Deaths,But That Had To Be The Most Fun Show We Ever Did ! (And,Although Don Was Three Sheets To The Wind”…Once He Hit The Stage,He Was PHENOMENAL !)

    • Willard
      July 6, 2014 - 12:47 | Permalink

      Many point to his issues with drugs as the reason he wasn’t a bigger name.

  • VSOP
    July 7, 2014 - 18:05 | Permalink

    it’s his solo on willie the pimp…thanks

  • M_Sharp
    July 8, 2014 - 10:57 | Permalink

    Don’s solo on “Directly From My Heart To You” with Zappa is amazing! Great vocals too!

    July 8, 2014 - 11:16 | Permalink


  • ate2zee
    July 29, 2014 - 21:41 | Permalink

    Just sitting here blissfully listening to Don “Sugarcane” Harris, someone I’d not even heard of until reading Willard’s post. What an outstanding “died and gone to heaven” recording this is. I first saw this post a while back & planned to get back to it when I got a chance. Today the kitchen sink plugged, & trying to avoid hiring a plumber I used a plunger on it until I got a blister. Tried various other Youtube suggestions–all unsuccessfully. In defeat & misery, I hired the plumber for $125. But then, after downloading ‘Sugar Cane Gets The Blues (fake) Deluxe Version”, my mood went from pipe sludge blackness to cloud 9 plus. Willard, with this I think you’ve discovered The Cure for pretty much everything.

    • Willard
      July 29, 2014 - 21:53 | Permalink

      Cool, glad you’re digging it.

  • Doug
    August 26, 2014 - 16:44 | Permalink

    These are great couple of post here of Don. I used to have fiddler on the rock and cup full of dreams. Anyone have these and the other seventies titles

  • schlep
    October 12, 2014 - 08:47 | Permalink

    Just recently discovered “Fiddler On the Rock”, fantastic artist. Wonderful and soulful tone he gets on the fiddle. Thanks for the upload and upgrade!

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