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

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
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. ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257145220
  • Catalog Number: 571452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honky Tonk - Phantom Blues Band (6:18)
  2. 2 Ez Rider - Phantom Blues Band (3:20)
  3. 3 Ain't That a Lot of Love - Phantom Blues Band (3:10)
  4. 4 Ev'ry Wind - Phantom Blues Band (5:14)
  5. 5 Stranger in My Own Home Town - Phantom Blues Band (2:54)
  6. 6 Woulda Could Shoulda - Phantom Blues Band (3:42)
  7. 7 Leaving Trunk - Phantom Blues Band (6:06)
  8. 8 Rain from the Sky - Phantom Blues Band (3:27)
  9. 9 Mailbox Blues - Phantom Blues Band (3:48)
  10. 10 Cruisin' - Phantom Blues Band (3:46)
  11. 11 Corrina - Phantom Blues Band (3:43)
  12. 12 The Hoochi Coochi Coo - Phantom Blues Band (3:39)
  13. 13 Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings) - Phantom Blues Band (6:25)
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Album Credits

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
RatDog Composer
Mark Jordan Composer
Phantom Blues Band Liner Notes
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