Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal - 1968 Blues - Sealed 180 Grm LP

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Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal
Music On Vinyl – MOVLP1151, Columbia – MOVLP1151
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
180 gram audiophile vinyl.
Includes "Leaving Trunk", "E Z Rider" and "Diving Duck Blues"
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 99594 1A MOVLP1151
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 99594 1B MOVLP1151
Feb 3, 2017
Original Release: 1968.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 8718469536306
Barcode (Printed): 8 718469 536306
Rock, Blues
Electric Blues
A1 Leaving Trunk
A2 Statesboro Blues
A3 Checkin' Up On My Baby
A4 Everybody's Got To Change Sometime
B1 E Z Rider
Arranged By – Taj Mahal
B2 Dust My Broom
B3 Diving Duck Blues
B4 The Celebrated Walkin' Blues
Arranged By, Guitar, Harp, Vocals, Slide Guitar – Taj Mahal
Bass – Gary Gilmore (2), James Thomas (6)
Drums – Charles Blackwell, Sanford Konikoff
Lead Guitar – Jesse Ed Davis
Rhythm Guitar – Bill Boatman
Rhythm Guitar, Mandolin – Ry Cooder
"Taj Mahal's been chasing the blues around the world for years, but rarely with the passion, energy, and clarity he brought to his first three albums. Taj Mahal, The Natch'l Blues and The Real Thing are the sound of the artist, who was born in 1942, defining himself and his music. On his self-titled 1967 debut, he not only honors the sound of the Delta masters with his driving National steel guitar and hard vocal shout, but ladles in elements of rock and country with the help of guitarists Ry Cooder and the late Jessie Ed Davis. This approach is reinforced and broadened by The Natch'l Blues. What's most striking is Mahal's way of making even the oldest themes sound as if they're part of a new era. Not just through the vigor of his playing--relentlessly propulsive, yet stripped down compared with the six-string ornamentations of the original masters of country blues--but through his singing, which possesses a knowing insouciance distinct to post-Woodstock counterculture hipsters. It's the voice of an informed young man who knows he's offering something deep to an equally hip and receptive audience.
Soon, Mahal turned his multicultural vision of the blues even further outward. The live 1971 set, The Real Thing, finds him still carrying the Mississippi torch, while adding overt elements of jazz and Afro-Caribbean music to its flame. But it's overreaching. His band sounds under-rehearsed, and the arrangements seem more like rough outlines. Nonetheless, these albums set the stage for Mahal's career."
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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Music On Vinyl
Color Black