Blues with a Feeling: The Very Best of Taj Mahal

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886977135224
  • Catalog Number: 771352
  • Sales rank: 20,402

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
Elliott Federman Mastering
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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