In Progress & in Motion: 1965-1998

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For being a nearly omnipresent figure, Taj Mahal has never quite gotten the respect he's deserved. At the beginning of his career, he earned a significant amount of attention, but as the years passed, he had woven himself into the fabric of blues culture so well that his presence was taken for granted. That is why the 1998 release of In Progress & in Motion: 1965-1998 was so welcome. Spanning three discs and over three decades, the box set accurately summarizes Mahal's career and makes a convincing case for his talents as a roots synthesist. Dedicated fans may notice a favorite or two missing, but they'll be pleased by the 15 unreleased tracks, including two...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For being a nearly omnipresent figure, Taj Mahal has never quite gotten the respect he's deserved. At the beginning of his career, he earned a significant amount of attention, but as the years passed, he had woven himself into the fabric of blues culture so well that his presence was taken for granted. That is why the 1998 release of In Progress & in Motion: 1965-1998 was so welcome. Spanning three discs and over three decades, the box set accurately summarizes Mahal's career and makes a convincing case for his talents as a roots synthesist. Dedicated fans may notice a favorite or two missing, but they'll be pleased by the 15 unreleased tracks, including two songs intended for his debut album. There are a number of other rarities for the dedicated here, including several unheard live cuts, material from his early group the Rising Sons, and his entire contribution to the Rolling Stones' legendary Rock and Roll Circus. Even with this plethora of rarities, In Progress & in Motion is primarily for fans who want a solid, comprehensive summary of Mahal's achievements without delving into the particular records, especially since it chooses its songs judiciously, concentrating on his groundbreaking late-'60s/early-'70s work. Indeed, much of his post-Columbia/CBS recordings are quickly recounted on the third disc, but that isn't a problem -- the first two discs show how Mahal created his own sound; the third shows how he maintained it. By balancing the music this way, Mahal and his partner, Lawrence Cohn, have created a representative, enlightening retrospective that is appealing to casual and hardcore fans alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646491928
  • Catalog Number: 64919
  • Sales rank: 97,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond (6:17)
  2. 2 Corrina (4:24)
  3. 3 Checkin' up on My Baby (5:42)
  4. 4 Leaving Trunk (6:29)
  5. 5 Buck Dancer's Choice (3:02)
  6. 6 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue (3:33)
  7. 7 She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride) (3:27)
  8. 8 Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie Anymo' (1:02)
  9. 9 Stagger Lee (3:18)
  10. 10 Built for Comfort (4:43)
  11. 11 Natural Man (4:27)
  12. 12 Railroad Bill (2:34)
  13. 13 Texas Woman Blues (2:49)
  14. 14 Early in the Morning (5:00)
  15. 15 Dust My Broom (4:28)
  16. 16 Blind Boy Rag (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Oh, Susannah (2:57)
  2. 2 Cakewalk into Town (2:30)
  3. 3 Fishin' Blues - The Pointer Sisters (3:15)
  4. 4 Nobody's Business But My Own - The Pointer Sisters (3:27)
  5. 5 Sweet Mama Janisse (3:32)
  6. 6 Little Red Hen Blues - The Pointer Sisters (4:36)
  7. 7 Mary Don't You Weep - The Pointer Sisters (2:44)
  8. 8 Sweet Home Chicago - The Pointer Sisters (3:12)
  9. 9 Frankie and Albert - The Pointer Sisters (3:58)
  10. 10 M'Banjo (3:17)
  11. 11 Statesboro Blues (2:21)
  12. 12 Bye & Bye (3:28)
  13. 13 Six Days on the Road (2:59)
  14. 14 We Gonna Rock (5:53)
  15. 15 Ain't It Funky Now (2:41)
  16. 16 Tom & Sally Drake (3:41)
  17. 17 Fishin' Blues (3:12)
  18. 18 Blues With a Feeling (4:12)
  19. 19 Freight Train (3:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul (3:06)
  2. 2 West Indian Revelation (6:04)
  3. 3 Eighteen Hammers (3:31)
  4. 4 Johnny Too Bad (3:13)
  5. 5 Slave Driver (2:42)
  6. 6 Clara (St. Kitts Woman) (4:16)
  7. 7 Do I Love Her (4:05)
  8. 8 Everybody Is Somebody (3:33)
  9. 9 But I Rode Some (2:26)
  10. 10 Crossing (2:33)
  11. 11 Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings) (3:10)
  12. 12 The Most Recent Evolution of Muthafusticus Modernusticus (3:26)
  13. 13 Curry (3:29)
  14. 14 Follow the Drinking Gourd (3:18)
  15. 15 The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) (3:34)
  16. 16 Little Brown Dog (4:17)
  17. 17 Señor Blues (3:41)
  18. 18 Ain't That a Lot of Love (3:32)
  19. 19 Take a Giant Step (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Primary Artist, Primary Artist
The Pointer Sisters Track Performer
Larry Fulcher Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Arranger
David Ritz Liner Notes
David Mitson Mastering
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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