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Album Review

Columbia/Legacy's 2000 collection The Best of Taj Mahal is a first-rate overview of Taj Mahal's classic late-'60s/early-'70s work for Columbia. Spanning 17 tracks, including a previously unreleased cut "Sweet Mama Janisse" from 1970, this hits many of the key points from the records he released between 1967 and 1974, including "Statesboro Blues," "Leaving Trunk,' "She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride," and "Fishin Blues." Although his albums were constructed and worked as actual albums, this does an excellent job of summarizing these thematic affairs and functions as a nice introduction to Mahal's music.

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Good Stuff

Taj Mahal's sound is like The Band with Otis Redding out front. very soulful bluesy sound with simple straightforward licks - not overdone. You will enjoy this - especially Leaving Trunk, She Caught the Katy, and Corinna. I bought the 1968 Rolling Stones' Rock n Roll Circus DVD last week and Taj has one song on the main feature, but has 3 bonus tracks buried in the extras which are every bit as good. The Stones always did have an eye for talent on the rise. Possibly one of the most under-rated performers from the '60's if you think about how ahead of his time Taj was - in 1968 when freaks and hippies ruled the earth, this guy was singing some pretty mean blues. Good stuff.

Wonderful Musician

I first heard him at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley. This album is a great introduction to his style of music and can be enjoyed from people with a variety of musical interest. Corinna is a must own...

A 'Must Have' for Blues Lovers

If you are just getting into the blues, or are a long time follower of this style, this album should be one of your "Desert Island Disks." Many classic blues tunes here, done by a long time master of the genre. Give it a listen, you will listen again, and again, and again, and again.


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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