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Taj Mahal’s 1968 debut was a revelation, blending blues with rock, funk, and soul. On most of the album, he’s covering tunes by legends like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson. But while he does an incredible job of laying down some tough Chicago-style tracks, he also sneaks in some inspired modernizations, such as adding a Stax-like soul stomp to Sleepy John Estes’ “Everybody’s Got to Change Sometime” or putting some fierce funk inflections into another Estes tune, “Milk Cow Blues” (here renamed “Leaving Trunk”).

Customer Reviews

Smoke that guitar!

I bought this album in 68 when it first came out and it is still one of the most influential blues albums of that era. This is the recording the inspired Duane Allman to start playing slide no less.
After all these years the sound is still clean and fresh and should be appreciated by any serious guitarist for the smoking playing of Jessie Ed Davis. A real classic.

You need this album.

The blus is truth and that's no lie and this is one of the all time great blues (or any genre) albums. The playing and singing are funky and raw and the arrangements are sure to rock and roll you. Definitely a "desert island disc" for me. (along with Chuck Berry's Great 28 and Muddy Mississippi Waters Live).


you need to go get 40 dollars and buy this, giant step and the nachl blues right now. or im gonna punch you in the face. seriously some of the best blues iv'e ever listened to.


Born: May 17, 1942 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world -- reggae and other Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, Latin, even Hawaiian. The African-derived heritage of most...
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