Music Keeps Me Satisfied/Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Taj Mahal's musicologist's approach to African-based roots music -- which saw the singer and multi-instrumentalist exploring fusions of reggae, Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, and, of course, traditional country blues -- was often a sort of hit-or-miss process, and if he now seems to be the clear forerunner of contemporary blues artists like Keb' Mo', Guy Davis, Corey Harris, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mahal was out there on his own stylistic island in the 1960s and 1970s, a maverick who mostly confused and frustrated blues traditionalists who were by nature more concerned about preservation than innovation. This interest in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Taj Mahal's musicologist's approach to African-based roots music -- which saw the singer and multi-instrumentalist exploring fusions of reggae, Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, and, of course, traditional country blues -- was often a sort of hit-or-miss process, and if he now seems to be the clear forerunner of contemporary blues artists like Keb' Mo', Guy Davis, Corey Harris, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mahal was out there on his own stylistic island in the 1960s and 1970s, a maverick who mostly confused and frustrated blues traditionalists who were by nature more concerned about preservation than innovation. This interest in what came to be known as world music seems like an obvious direction all these decades later, but when the two LPs combined in this set, 1975's Music Keeps Me Together (which explored Jamaican and Caribbean rhythms) and 1976's Satisfied 'n Tickled Too (which had almost no blues content at all and was more of an R&B album with some reggae tossed in), were released, few understood what Mahal was aiming for -- it could even be said that Mahal wasn't that sure either, since his musical experiments on these two albums were often tentative rather than huge bold statements. He got better at it as time went on, but these two releases, tentative or not, are where he got the ball rolling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209603
  • Catalog Number: 6120960
  • Sales rank: 116,990

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Andy Narell Conductor
Jo Baker Background Vocals
Rudy Costa Clarinet, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Kalimba
Sam Cox Drums
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu Percussion, Conga
Ray Fitzpatrick Bass
Carole Fredericks Background Vocals
Carl Larkin Guitar
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Larry McDonald Percussion, Conga
Stan Mulelland Bass
Rick Myers Alto Saxophone
Gordon Rowley Trombone
Annie Sampson Background Vocals
Kester Smith Percussion
John Turk Keyboards
Hoshal Wright Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Bill Rich Conga
Rafael Ramírez Conga
Brother Moses Background Vocals
Intergalactic Soul Messengers Band Background Vocals
Mother's Children Background Vocals
Bill Greene Conductor
Joachim Young Keyboards
Fritz Helibron Trombone
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Chuck Berry Composer
Andy Narell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
George Engfer Engineer
Mike Fusaro Engineer
Earl Lindo Track Arrangement
Inshirah Mahal Composer, Poetic Adaptation
Jay Mark Engineer
John O'Regan Liner Notes
Steve Rubin Cover Art
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Bill Greene Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Brown Engineer
Paul Stubblevine Engineer
Carl Purulo Engineer
Hughan Williams Artwork
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