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Posted February 5, 2011
My review title seems to be an oxymoron, but, if you listen to this disc, you will agree with me. These songs have a feel good vibe to them. Taj and his group owe as much to The Band or Paul Butterfield as to Muddy Waters and the Chicago blues scene.Taj is a better singer than Butterfield although his guitarist is not in the Bloomfield-Bishop category. John Simon, who helped produce The Band's firsst albums, is a back-up musician here and that could explain why I hear some parallels.The final jam is a bit long but that was the fashion of the times and I have heard worse. I think this CD might be a better place to enter the Mahal canon than A Giant Step/De Old Folks at Home CD, which I also own. I plan to purchase more Taj Mahal soon. PS.Note the running times of some of the songs are wrong. The total running time is 66:56. 4 1/2 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.