The Essential Taj Mahal

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Essential Taj Mahal pulls together the bluesman's Columbia, Warner, Gramavision Private Music, and Hannibal labels' recordings, making it the first truly cross-licensed compilation of his work. Given the depth and breadth of this set it covers four decades, the listener gets not only a cross-sectional view of the artist, but also his innovative and idiosyncratic journey through the blues: Mahal has not only kept the tradition alive, he's expanded it and deepened it, tracing its roots and developments through the course of American, Caribbean, and African cultures. While there is no unreleased material here, there doesn't need to be. The sheer adventure in these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Essential Taj Mahal pulls together the bluesman's Columbia, Warner, Gramavision Private Music, and Hannibal labels' recordings, making it the first truly cross-licensed compilation of his work. Given the depth and breadth of this set it covers four decades, the listener gets not only a cross-sectional view of the artist, but also his innovative and idiosyncratic journey through the blues: Mahal has not only kept the tradition alive, he's expanded it and deepened it, tracing its roots and developments through the course of American, Caribbean, and African cultures. While there is no unreleased material here, there doesn't need to be. The sheer adventure in these recordings reveals the wealth of the contribution Mahal has made not only to the blues, but to popular culture both present and past. This is a comp to own, to be moved by, and to ultimately enjoy. Columbia issued a three-CD set earlier, but there were things there that needed to be trimmed. This leaner and meaner version is superior.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969496725
  • Catalog Number: 94967
  • Sales rank: 29,522

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Piano, Fife, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, fender rhodes, national steel guitar, Upright Bass, finger cymbals
Etta Baker Guitar
Sonny Rhodes Lap Steel Guitar
Wayne Henderson Keyboards
Ry Cooder Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar
Daryl Hall & John Oates Background Vocals
Al Kooper Piano
The Pointer Sisters Background Vocals
Andy Narell Steel Drums
Bob Stewart Trumpet, Tuba, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson Tuba, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone
Merl Saunders Organ
Bill Summers Percussion, Conga
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Denny Freeman Guitar
Daryl Hall Background Vocals
John Hall Guitar
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
Mike Campbell 12-string Guitar
John Simon Piano, Electric Piano
Sheryl Crow Background Vocals
Myrick Guillory Rubboard
Jennifer Acosta Synthesizer
Eric Bazilian Lap Steel Guitar
Chuck Blackwell Drums
Tony Braunagel Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Jon Cleary Piano
Rudy Costa Saxophone, Kalimba
Joseph Daley Trombone, Tuba
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu Percussion, Conga, African Bells
Ray Fitzpatrick Bass
Gary Gilmore Bass, Electric Bass
Bob Glaub Bass
Mark Goodman Synthesizer, Electric Piano
Robert Greenidge Steel Drums
Richie Hayward Drums
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Rob Hyman Organ
Tony Jones Bass
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Andy Kravitz Drums
Darrell Leonard Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Fred Lunt Hawaiian Guitar
Melody McCully Background Vocals
Larry McDonald Percussion, Conga
Earl McIntyre Tuba, Bass Trombone
John Oates Background Vocals
Babatunde Olatunji Percussion, Conga, Djembe, Shekere
Bill Payne Piano
John Porter Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Singer Drums
Kester Smith Percussion, Drums
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
The Texacali Horns Horn
James "Son" Thomas Bass
Pamela Vincent Background Vocals
Mick Weaver Organ, Hammond Organ
Hoshal Wright Electric Guitar
Calvin Samuels Bass
Pancho Graham Bass
Bill Rich Bass
Ozzie Williams Drums
Joyce Wilson Background Vocals
Toumani Diabaté Kora
Larry Fulcher Bass
Abdul Wali Guitar
Carlos Andrade Slack Key Guitar, Tenor Ukelele
Wayne Jacintho Slack Key Guitar, Tenor Ukelele
Michael Barretto Baritone Ukulele
Pat Crockett Liliu Ukulele
Tommy Henderson Background Vocals
Kim Jordan Synthesizer, Keyboards
Greg Thomas Drums
Doug "The Bear" Grisby Bass
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Tuba, Flugelhorn, Baritone Saxophone, Hand Clapping
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzournou Percussion, Conga
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Arranger
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Taj Mahal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Henry Thomas Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Carole King Composer
Jesse Davis Composer
Langston Hughes Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Joe Boyd Producer
Tony Braunagel Composer, Producer
Lucy Duran Producer
Richard Feldman Composer
Gary Gilmore Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
John Porter Producer, Audio Production
Yank Rachell Composer
David Rubinson Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Lee Schell Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Carey Williams Producer
Delroy Wilson Composer
Ozzie Williams drum programming
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Rod Dyer Cover Photo
Winston "Shadow" Bailey Composer
Hylton Beckford Composer
Timothy Duffy Producer
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
Traditional Composer
Carl Montgomery Composer
Earl Green Composer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Brass Arrangment
John Work III Composer
Tom Surowicz Liner Notes
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