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Taj Mahal

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Genre: Blues
Artist/Group Name: Taj Mahal
Release Date: 2012
Original Release Date: 2013
Length of CD: 683:24
Label: Columbia (USA)
# of Discs: 15
Total Time: 683:24

Disc 1
1. Statesboro Blues
2. If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues)
3. By and By (Poor Me)
4. Candy Man
5. 2:10 Train
6. Let the Good Times Roll
7. .44 Blues
8. 11th Street Overcrossing
9. Corrin, Corinna
10. Tulsa County
11. Walkin' Down the Line
12. Girl with Green Eyes, The
13. Sunny's Dream
14. Spanish Lace Blues
15. Devil's Got My Woman, The
16. Take a Giant Step
17. Flyin' So High
18. Dust My Broom
19. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
20. Baby, What You Want Me to Do?
21. Statesboro Blues [Version 2]
22. I Got a Little - (mono)

Disc 2
1. Leaving Trunk
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Checkin' Up on My Baby
4. Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
5. E Z Rider
6. Dust My Broom
7. Diving Duck Blues
8. Celebrated Walkin' Blues, The

Disc 3
1. Good Morning Miss Brown
2. Corinna
3. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
4. Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
5. Done Changed My Way of Living
6. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
7. Cuckoo, The
8. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)
9. Ain't That a Lot of Love
10. Cuckoo [Alternate Version], The
11. New Strange Blues
12. Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine

Disc 4
1. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
2. Take a Giant Step
3. Give Your Woman What She Wants [From the Motion Picture the April Fools]
4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
5. You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond
6. Six Days on the Road
7. Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me)
8. Keep Your Hands Off Her
9. Bacon Fat

Disc 5
1. Linin' Track
2. Country Blues #1
3. Wild Ox Moan
4. Light Rain Blues
5. Littel Soulful Tune, A
6. Candy Man
7. Cluck Old Hen
8. Colored Aristocracy
9. Blind Boy Rag
10. Stagger Lee
11. Cajun Tune
12. Fishin' Blues
13. Annie's Lover

Disc 6
1. Fishin' Blues
2. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
3. Sweet Mama Janisse
4. Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
5. Big Kneed Gal
6. You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond
7. Tom and Sally Drake
8. Diving Duck Blues
9. John, Ain't It Hard
10. You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff
11. [Untitled]

Disc 7
1. Happy Just to Be Like I Am
2. Stealin'
3. Oh Susanna
4. Eighteen Hammers
5. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day
6. Chevrolet
7. West Indian Revelation
8. Black Spirit Boogie

Disc 8
1. Conch: Introduction
2. Kalimba
3. Bound to Love Me Some
4. Ricochet
5. Free Song, A (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out of Your Soul)
6. Corinna
7. Conch: Close
8. Cakewalk Into Town
9. Sweet Home Chicago
10. Texas Woman Blues
11. Gitano Negro

Disc 9
1. Needed Time
2. Sounder Chase a Coon
3. Needed Time (Hummin' and Pickin')
4. Morning Work/N' Meat's on the Stove
5. I'm Running and I'm Happy
6. Speedball
7. Goin' to the Country/Critters in the Woods
8. Motherless Children (Hummin')
9. Jailhouse Blues
10. Just Workin'
11. Harriet's Dance Song
12. Two Spirits Reunited
13. David Runs Again
14. Curiosity Blues
15. Someday Be a Change
16. Horseshoes
17. Cheraw
18. David's Dream
19. Needed Time [Guitar]
20. Needed Time [Banjo and Handclapping]

Disc 10
1. Buck Dancer's Choice
2. Little Red Hen
3. Oh Mama Don't You Know
4. Frankie and Albert
5. Railroad Bill
6. Dust My Broom
7. Built for Comfort
8. Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune

Disc 11
1. Johnny Too Bad
2. Blackjack Davey
3. Big Mama
4. Cajun Waltz
5. Slave Driver
6. Why Did You Have to Desert Me?
7. Desperate Lover
8. Clara (St. Kitts Woman)

Disc 12
1. Music Keeps Me Together
2. When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul
3. Dear Ladies
4. Aristocracy
5. Further on Down the Road
6. Roll, Turn, Spin
7. West Indian Revelation
8. My Ancestors
9. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
10. Why?...And We Repeat Why?...And We Repeat!

Disc 13
1. Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
2. New E-Z Rider Blues
3. Black Man, Brown Man
4. Baby Love
5. Ain't Nobody's Business
6. Misty Morning Ride
7. Easy to Love
8. Old Time Song-Old Time Love
9. We Tune

Disc 14
1. Chainey Do
2. Sweet Mama Janisse
3. Yan-Nah Mama-Loo
4. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day
5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
6. Jacob's Ladder
7. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
8. Sweet Mama Janisse
9. You Ain't No Streetwalker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff
10. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
11. Shady Grove
12. Butter

Disc 15
1. Runnin' by the Riverside
2. John, Ain't It Hard
3. Band Introduction
4. Sweet Mama Janisse
5. Big Fat
6. Diving Duck Blues
7. Checkin' Up on My Baby
8. Oh Susanna
9. Bacon Fat
10. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day

Release Notes

Liner Note Author: Miles Mellough.
Recording information: Bearsville Recording Studios, Woodstock, NY (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Bill Graham's Fillmore East (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Columbia Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (01/10/1971-01/13/1971); Bearsville Recording Studios, Woodstock, NY (02/02/1970); Bill Graham's Fillmore East (02/02/1970); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (02/02/1970); Columbia Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA (02/02/1970); Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (02/02/1970); Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA (02/02/1970); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (02/02/1970); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (02/02/1970); Bearsville Recording Studios, Woodstock, NY (04/18/1970); Bill Graham's Fillmore East (04/18/1970); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (04/18/1970); Columbia Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA (04/18/1970); Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (04/18/1970); Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA (04/18/1970); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (04/18/1970); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (04/18/1970); Bearsville Recording Studios, Woodstock, NY (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Bill Graham's Fillmore East (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Columbia Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (12/16/1969-12/17/1969); Bearsville Recording Studios, Woodstock, NY (12/1973); Bill Graham's Fillmore East (12/1973); CBS Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/1973); Columbia Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA (12/1973); Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (12/1973); Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo, CA (12/1973); Royal Albert Hall, London, England (12/1973); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (12/1973).
Photographers: Bruce Steinberg; Guy Webster; Paul Slaughter; Bob Cato; Yoram Kahana; Al Vandenberg; Burnell Caldwell; Dr. Ch?; Tom DeSimone.
Decades before Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Keb' Mo' wed the Delta blues to various folk forms, there was Taj Mahal. Almost from the very beginning, Mahal provided audiences with connections to a plethora of blues styles. Further, he offered hard evidence connecting American blues to folk styles from other nations, particularly, but not limited to, those from the West Indies and various African countries, bridging gaps, highlighting similarities, and establishing links between many experiences of the African diaspora. The ground floor of all of it lies in the recordings he made for Columbia Records. The Complete Columbia Albums Collection is massive; it contains 16 discs. Sony reissued some of Mahal's recordings in expanded editions in the early part of the century, but this set includes them all. In addition to the 11 albums he cut between 1968 and 1976, are two more: The Rising Sun Collection -- from the band featuring Mahal and Ry Cooder that cut tracks between 1965 and 1966; 2012's The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal, that contains a live disc from a Royal Albert Hall concert from 1970, and another with a series of rare cuts recorded between 1969 and 1973. The bonus tracks contained on previous editions have been preserved here. In the case of the live Fillmore recording, The Real Thing, where "You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff" had been edited for CD by over six minutes, the nearly 19-minute album version has been restored. Each album is packaged in its own mini LP sleeve -- the doubles are preserved as such, the sound is rich, warm, and natural, and complete discographical information is supplied in the booklet. In this part of the 21st century it is easy to hear Mahal's internationalist strategy at work, but this wasn't always so. Mahal's blues weren't so well-received by some critics: they considered him to be a revival act at best, and at worst, a man who employed negative stereotypes in black music from the early part of the 20th century. Obviously they were wrong: the albums were the initial proof, and his live shows cemented the truth globally. Mahal's music has always been part of a much larger world view; he weathered the ignorant criticism until his view was understood and embraced by the culture at large. Taken as a whole, this set offers a welcome, even necessary hearing of genius at work. Mahal is one of the most important musicians to come down the pipe in 100 years, and The Complete Columbia Albums Collection proves it. The price for a set of this size is actually a bargain, to boot. ~ Thom Jurek

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