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Shoutin' in Key: Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band Live
     

Shoutin' in Key: Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band Live

by Taj Mahal
 
Though singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal doesn't often tour with a full band, the ensemble with him on the live CD SHOUTIN' IN KEY is not just a group of pickup players. Mahal began working with some members of the Phantom Blues Band on his 1993 CD DANCING THE BLUES and the Grammy-winning 1997 set

Overview

Though singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal doesn't often tour with a full band, the ensemble with him on the live CD SHOUTIN' IN KEY is not just a group of pickup players. Mahal began working with some members of the Phantom Blues Band on his 1993 CD DANCING THE BLUES and the Grammy-winning 1997 set SEÑOR BLUES. These releases reignited an electric blues career that Mahal had left behind by the mid-1970s. SHOUTIN' IN KEY, recorded live at the Mint in Los Angeles, has both the raw feel of Mahal's country-blues roots and, with the Phantom Blues Band kicking off with Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk," the excitement of the R&B shows of the '50s and '60s. Although he plays guitar, harmonica, and percussion on the set, Mahal is released from carrying the music all by himself, allowing his rugged singing style to relax and expand on the jazzy "Cruisin'" and the churchy cover of Percy Mayfield's "Stranger in My Own Home Town." For dance numbers such as "The Hoochie Coochi Coo" and "Ain't That a Lot of Love," he shouts and growls with such fervor you can almost see those smokey party lights. And he revives his signature tunes "Corrina," "Mail Box Blues," and "Leavin' Trunk" to make sure that his folk-blues fans aren't left out of the mix, making SHOUTIN' IN KEY reflect the full spectrum of Taj Mahal.

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Recorded at the Mint in Los Angeles in November 1998, Shouting in Key showcases Taj Mahal in a live and electric set with the Phantom Blues Band. Starting off the proceedings with a lazy version of Bill Dogget's classic instrumental "Honky Tonk," the band proceeds to glide through the jazzy Latin-tinged instrumental "Sentidos Dulce," the "Give Me Some Lovin" takeoff "Aint That a Lot of Love," and the B-3 ballad "Woulda Coulda Shoulda." The eclectic pace for the remainder of the set incorporates folk, soul, and reggae, proving Taj Mahal and his band can achieve the combination effortlessly and sound like they had a good time doing it.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Hannibal
UPC:
0031257145220
catalogNumber:
571452

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Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion
Denny Freeman   Guitar
Tony Braunagel   Drums,Background Vocals
Mick Weaver   Piano,Hammond Organ
Carey Williams   Master of Ceremonies
Larry Fulcher   Bass,Background Vocals
Phantom Blues Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Liner Notes
Terry Becker   Engineer
Tony Braunagel   Producer
Richard Feldman   Composer
Bill Graham   Direction
Deanie Parker   Composer
Steve Bigas   Engineer
Mark Jordan   Composer
Phantom Blues Band   Liner Notes

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