The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Decades before Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Keb' Mo' wed the Delta blues to various folk forms, there was Taj Mahal. Almost from the very beginning, Mahal provided audiences with connections to a plethora of blues styles. Further, he offered hard evidence connecting American blues to folk styles from other nations, particularly, but not limited to, those from the West Indies and various African countries, bridging gaps, highlighting similarities, and establishing links between many experiences of the African diaspora. The ground floor of all of it lies in the recordings he made for Columbia Records. The Complete Columbia Albums Collection is massive; it contains 16 discs. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Decades before Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Keb' Mo' wed the Delta blues to various folk forms, there was Taj Mahal. Almost from the very beginning, Mahal provided audiences with connections to a plethora of blues styles. Further, he offered hard evidence connecting American blues to folk styles from other nations, particularly, but not limited to, those from the West Indies and various African countries, bridging gaps, highlighting similarities, and establishing links between many experiences of the African diaspora. The ground floor of all of it lies in the recordings he made for Columbia Records. The Complete Columbia Albums Collection is massive; it contains 16 discs. Sony reissued some of Mahal's recordings in expanded editions in the early part of the century, but this set includes them all. In addition to the 11 albums he cut between 1968 and 1976, are two more: The Rising Sun Collection -- from the band featuring Mahal and Ry Cooder that cut tracks between 1965 and 1966; 2012's The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal, that contains a live disc from a Royal Albert Hall concert from 1970, and another with a series of rare cuts recorded between 1969 and 1973. The bonus tracks contained on previous editions have been preserved here. In the case of the live Fillmore recording, The Real Thing, where "You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff" had been edited for CD by over six minutes, the nearly 19-minute album version has been restored. Each album is packaged in its own mini LP sleeve -- the doubles are preserved as such, the sound is rich, warm, and natural, and complete discographical information is supplied in the booklet. In this part of the 21st century it is easy to hear Mahal's internationalist strategy at work, but this wasn't always so. Mahal's blues weren't so well-received by some critics: they considered him to be a revival act at best, and at worst, a man who employed negative stereotypes in black music from the early part of the 20th century. Obviously they were wrong: the albums were the initial proof, and his live shows cemented the truth globally. Mahal's music has always been part of a much larger world view; he weathered the ignorant criticism until his view was understood and embraced by the culture at large. Taken as a whole, this set offers a welcome, even necessary hearing of genius at work. Mahal is one of the most important musicians to come down the pipe in 100 years, and The Complete Columbia Albums Collection proves it. The price for a set of this size is actually a bargain, to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979234420
  • Catalog Number: 792344
  • Sales rank: 4,026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Statesboro Blues - Ry Cooder (2:25)
  2. 2 If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues) - Ry Cooder (2:42)
  3. 3 By and By (Poor Me) - Ry Cooder (3:33)
  4. 4 Candy Man - Ry Cooder (2:05)
  5. 5 2:10 Train - Ry Cooder (4:11)
  6. 6 Let the Good Times Roll - Ry Cooder (2:44)
  7. 7 .44 Blues - Ry Cooder (3:24)
  8. 8 11th Street Overcrossing - Ry Cooder (2:13)
  9. 9 Corrin, Corinna - Ry Cooder (2:57)
  10. 10 Tulsa County - Ry Cooder (2:43)
  11. 11 Walkin' Down the Line - Ry Cooder (2:15)
  12. 12 The Girl with Green Eyes - Ry Cooder (2:15)
  13. 13 Sunny's Dream - Ry Cooder (3:02)
  14. 14 Spanish Lace Blues - Ry Cooder (2:14)
  15. 15 The Devil's Got My Woman - Ry Cooder (3:06)
  16. 16 Take a Giant Step - Ry Cooder (2:55)
  17. 17 Flyin' So High - Ry Cooder (3:06)
  18. 18 Dust My Broom - Ry Cooder (3:05)
  19. 19 Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Ry Cooder (2:39)
  20. 20 Baby, What You Want Me to Do? - Ry Cooder (2:56)
  21. 21 Statesboro Blues - Ry Cooder (2:25)
  22. 22 I Got a Little - Ry Cooder (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Leaving Trunk (4:50)
  2. 2 Statesboro Blues (2:59)
  3. 3 Checkin' Up on My Baby (4:54)
  4. 4 Everybody's Got to Change Sometime (2:57)
  5. 5 E Z Rider (3:04)
  6. 6 Dust My Broom (2:39)
  7. 7 Diving Duck Blues (2:42)
  8. 8 The Celebrated Walkin' Blues (8:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Good Morning Miss Brown (3:16)
  2. 2 Corinna (3:03)
  3. 3 I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll (3:14)
  4. 4 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue (3:38)
  5. 5 Done Changed My Way of Living (7:04)
  6. 6 She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride (3:30)
  7. 7 The Cuckoo (4:16)
  8. 8 You Don't Miss Your Water ('til Your Well Runs Dry) (4:26)
  9. 9 Ain't That a Lot of Love (4:11)
  10. 10 The Cuckoo (3:21)
  11. 11 New Strange Blues (5:41)
  12. 12 Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine (3:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (1:03)
  2. 2 Take a Giant Step (4:18)
  3. 3 Give Your Woman What She Wants [From the Motion Picture the April Fools (2:32)
  4. 4 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (3:46)
  5. 5 You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond (4:58)
  6. 6 Six Days on the Road (3:02)
  7. 7 Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me) (4:40)
  8. 8 Keep Your Hands Off Her (2:16)
  9. 9 Bacon Fat (6:42)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Linin' Track (1:42)
  2. 2 Country Blues #1 (2:39)
  3. 3 Wild Ox Moan (2:48)
  4. 4 Light Rain Blues (3:23)
  5. 5 A Littel Soulful Tune (2:40)
  6. 6 Candy Man (2:57)
  7. 7 Cluck Old Hen (2:33)
  8. 8 Colored Aristocracy (2:07)
  9. 9 Blind Boy Rag (4:14)
  10. 10 Stagger Lee (3:26)
  11. 11 Cajun Tune (1:59)
  12. 12 Fishin' Blues (3:10)
  13. 13 Annie's Lover (3:33)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Fishin' Blues (2:57)
  2. 2 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (9:11)
  3. 3 Sweet Mama Janisse (3:32)
  4. 4 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue (3:24)
  5. 5 Big Kneed Gal (5:34)
  6. 6 You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond (6:13)
  7. 7 Tom and Sally Drake (3:39)
  8. 8 Diving Duck Blues (3:46)
  9. 9 John, Ain't It Hard (5:30)
  10. 10 You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut (4:08)
  11. 11 [Untitled] (18:56)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Happy Just to Be Like I Am (3:51)
  2. 2 Stealin' (7:00)
  3. 3 Oh Susanna (5:20)
  4. 4 Eighteen Hammers (5:46)
  5. 5 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day (4:16)
  6. 6 Chevrolet (2:45)
  7. 7 West Indian Revelation (6:09)
  8. 8 Black Spirit Boogie (7:08)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Conch: Introduction (1:08)
  2. 2 Kalimba (2:02)
  3. 3 Bound to Love Me Some (5:11)
  4. 4 Ricochet (4:46)
  5. 5 A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out of Your Soul) (3:57)
  6. 6 Corinna (3:11)
  7. 7 Conch: Close (0:33)
  8. 8 Cakewalk Into Town (2:34)
  9. 9 Sweet Home Chicago (6:41)
  10. 10 Texas Woman Blues (2:54)
  11. 11 Gitano Negro (8:29)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Needed Time (2:53)
  2. 2 Sounder Chase a Coon (3:24)
  3. 3 Needed Time (Hummin' and Pickin') (1:26)
  4. 4 Morning Work/N' Meat's on the Stove (1:45)
  5. 5 I'm Running and I'm Happy (0:57)
  6. 6 Speedball (1:42)
  7. 7 Goin' to the Country/Critters in the Woods (1:48)
  8. 8 Motherless Children (Hummin') (1:21)
  9. 9 Jailhouse Blues (4:00)
  10. 10 Just Workin' (0:35)
  11. 11 Harriet's Dance Song (0:33)
  12. 12 Two Spirits Reunited (1:54)
  13. 13 David Runs Again (0:29)
  14. 14 Curiosity Blues (1:01)
  15. 15 Someday Be a Change (1:02)
  16. 16 Horseshoes (1:59)
  17. 17 Cheraw (2:22)
  18. 18 David's Dream (1:02)
  19. 19 Needed Time (2:29)
  20. 20 Needed Time (2:21)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Buck Dancer's Choice (3:10)
  2. 2 Little Red Hen (3:50)
  3. 3 Oh Mama Don't You Know (6:08)
  4. 4 Frankie and Albert (4:00)
  5. 5 Railroad Bill (2:48)
  6. 6 Dust My Broom (4:29)
  7. 7 Built for Comfort (4:58)
  8. 8 Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune (4:20)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Johnny Too Bad (3:17)
  2. 2 Blackjack Davey (3:44)
  3. 3 Big Mama (4:42)
  4. 4 Cajun Waltz (6:03)
  5. 5 Slave Driver (2:44)
  6. 6 Why Did You Have to Desert Me? (5:54)
  7. 7 Desperate Lover (2:46)
  8. 8 Clara (St. Kitts Woman) (4:34)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Music Keeps Me Together (3:39)
  2. 2 When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul (3:08)
  3. 3 Dear Ladies (6:05)
  4. 4 Aristocracy (2:30)
  5. 5 Further on Down the Road (3:25)
  6. 6 Roll, Turn, Spin (4:47)
  7. 7 West Indian Revelation (6:58)
  8. 8 My Ancestors (4:06)
  9. 9 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (3:43)
  10. 10 Why?...And We Repeat Why?...And We Repeat! (7:13)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Satisfied 'N Tickled Too - The Ladies (5:28)
  2. 2 New E-Z Rider Blues - The Ladies (4:08)
  3. 3 Black Man, Brown Man - The Ladies (4:05)
  4. 4 Baby Love - East-West Connection Orchestra (8:58)
  5. 5 Ain't Nobody's Business - The Ladies (2:44)
  6. 6 Misty Morning Ride - The Ladies (3:18)
  7. 7 Easy to Love - The Ladies (3:36)
  8. 8 Old Time Song-Old Time Love - The Ladies (3:42)
  9. 9 We Tune - The Ladies (3:09)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Chainey Do - The Dixie Flyers (3:39)
  2. 2 Sweet Mama Janisse - The Dixie Flyers (3:42)
  3. 3 Yan-Nah Mama-Loo - The Dixie Flyers (6:09)
  4. 4 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day - The Dixie Flyers (5:01)
  5. 5 I Pity the Poor Immigrant (8:10)
  6. 6 Jacob's Ladder (4:01)
  7. 7 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (7:23)
  8. 8 Sweet Mama Janisse (3:31)
  9. 9 You Ain't No Streetwalker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Y (16:05)
  10. 10 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (7:25)
  11. 11 Shady Grove (9:27)
  12. 12 Butter (2:47)
Disc 15
  1. 1 Runnin' by the Riverside (2:52)
  2. 2 John, Ain't It Hard (5:24)
  3. 3 Band Introduction (0:34)
  4. 4 Sweet Mama Janisse (4:33)
  5. 5 Big Fat (7:32)
  6. 6 Diving Duck Blues (2:50)
  7. 7 Checkin' Up on My Baby (6:20)
  8. 8 Oh Susanna (10:22)
  9. 9 Bacon Fat (8:20)
  10. 10 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Fife, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Harp, Electric Piano, Vocals, Human Whistle, 12-string Guitar, Kalimba, Hand Clapping, Penny Whistle, Slide Guitar, Conch, fender rhodes, national steel guitar, scat, Upright Bass, finger cymbals, Chromatic Harmonica, 5-string Banjo, French Harp
Ry Cooder Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Al Kooper Piano
The Pointer Sisters Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells
Andy Narell Conductor, Steel Drums
Bob Stewart Trumpet, Tuba, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson Tuba, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone, Hand Clapping
Merl Saunders Organ
Jesse Ed Davis Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
John Hall Electric Guitar
John Simon Piano, Electric Piano
Eric Ajaye Bass
Jo Baker Background Vocals
Bill Boatman Rhythm Guitar
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Rudy Costa Clarinet, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Kalimba, Soloist
Sammy Creason Drums
Joseph Daley Trombone, Tuba, Valve Trombone
James Luther Dickinson Piano
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu Percussion, Conga, Tambourine, African Bells
Ray Fitzpatrick Bass
Carole Fredericks Background Vocals
Charlie Freeman Electric Guitar
Gary Gilmore Bass, Electric Bass
Lightnin' Hopkins Guitar, Vocals
Jim Karstein Drums
Kevin Kelley Percussion, Drums
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Carl Larkin Guitar
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Tommy McClure Bass
Larry McDonald Percussion, Conga
Earl McIntyre Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone
Don Moors Vibes
Stan Mulelland Bass
Earl Palmer Drums
Gordon Rowley Trombone
Annie Sampson Background Vocals
Kester Smith Percussion, Trap Kit
John Turk Keyboards
Hoshal Wright Electric Guitar, Soloist
Claudia Linnear Background Vocals
Gary Marker Bass
Bill Rich Bass, Electric Bass
Michael Utley Organ
Fritz Heilbron Trombone
Tommy Henderson Background Vocals
Jesse Lee Kincaid Guitar, Vocals
Greg Thomas Drums
Charles Blackwell Drums
The Ladies Background Vocals
Anna de Leon Vocal Harmony
Brother Moses Background Vocals
Intergalactic Soul Messengers Band Background Vocals
Mother's Children Background Vocals
Raphael Grinage Upright Bass
Ricky Myers Alto Saxophone
Bill Greene Conductor
Joachim Young Keyboards
David Colman Rhythm Guitar
Raphael Ramirez Conga
James Thomas Bass
James Charles Otey Jr. Drums
The Toys Background Vocals
Caroline Fredericks Background Vocals
Sam Coz Drums
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Taj Mahal Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Remixing, Adaptation, Vocal Engineer, Original Liner Notes, Whistle
Bob Marley Remixing
Chuck Berry Composer
Andy Narell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Howard Johnson Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Jesse Ed Davis Brass Arrangment
Frank Abbey Engineer
Fred Catero Engineer
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
George Engfer Engineer
Mike Fusaro Engineer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Roy Halee Engineer
Chris Hinshaw Engineer
Jerry Hochman Engineer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
George Horn Engineer, Mastering
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Mike Larner Engineer
Earl Lindo Arranger
Jay Mark Remixing
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Brian Ross-Myring Engineer
Pete Romano Engineer
David Rubinson Producer
The Slickers Composer
Paul Stubblebine Engineer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Rafael O. Valentin Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
George Engler Engineer
Jim Greene Engineer
Tom Nolan Original Liner Notes
David Gahr Cover Photo
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rod Dyer Inside Photo
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Edward Fredericks Art Direction
Don Peterson Cover Photo
Irene Harris Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Howard Bingham Cover Photo
John Kelly Art Direction
Mark Friedman Engineer
Leonard Jennings Cover Design
Carol Nemoy Calligraphy
T. Melcher Arranger
P. Polland Composer
Bill Greene Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
D. Level Composer
Aston "Family Man" Barrett Remixing
David Brown Engineer
Jerry Smith Engineer
Herb Greene Back Cover Photo
Carl Purulo Remixing
Hughan Williams Artwork
Miles Mellough Liner Notes
Glenn Myles Artwork
Gary Krueger Cover Photo
Anna Hornisher Cover Art
William Grey Back Cover Photo
Rising Sons Arranger
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