Blues with a Feeling: The Very Best of Taj Mahal

Blues with a Feeling: The Very Best of Taj Mahal

by Taj Mahal
     
 
Throughout his career, Taj Mahal has always been considered a bluesman, which is true enough, since the basis for everything he does has been the country blues, but he is not a traditionalist at heart, and he has always looked for ways to push the blues into new places and shapes. Adding at times rhythms and sensibilities that are drawn from reggae, ragtime, calypso,

Overview

Throughout his career, Taj Mahal has always been considered a bluesman, which is true enough, since the basis for everything he does has been the country blues, but he is not a traditionalist at heart, and he has always looked for ways to push the blues into new places and shapes. Adding at times rhythms and sensibilities that are drawn from reggae, ragtime, calypso, zydeco, and other genres, Mahal practices a kind of blues hybrid that is his alone, and he has been a huge influence on newer artists like Chris Thomas King and Corey Harris. This collection derives from the five albums he recorded with Private Records during the 1990s, and overlaps somewhat with The Best of the Private Years, released in 2000. Highlights include his version of Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue," a bebop blues take on Horace Silver's "Señor Blues," and an atmospheric reading of Goffin & King's "Take a Giant Step." Among the most interesting tracks here are the ones penned by Taj Mahal himself ("Mailbox Blues," "Cakewalk into Town," "New Hula Blues"), each of which demonstrates aptly the singer's melting-pot approach to the blues.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886977135224
catalogNumber:
771352
Rank:
7262

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Etta James   Vocals
Daryl Hall   Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar
John Oates   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Freddie King   Composer
Taj Mahal   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Skip Drinkwater   Producer
Richard Feldman   Composer
Inez Foxx   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Carey Williams   Producer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Robert Knight   Cover Photo
Bernard Anderson   Composer
H. E. Owens   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Charles Foxx   Composer

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