The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In celebration of his 70th birthday, The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 is the first of a series of volumes issued by Legacy that will eventually encompass his entire Columbia catalog. Hidden Treasures consists of a studio disc and a live one. The studio set contains a dozen tracks that were rejected from the final versions of Mahal's albums for various reasons, as well as alternate takes. All tracks are unreleased. The quality of the material can be slightly uneven, but that's to be expected being rejects after all. That said, disc one is not without sufficient charm, and even revelatory moments. Its first four tracks feature Mahal and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In celebration of his 70th birthday, The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 is the first of a series of volumes issued by Legacy that will eventually encompass his entire Columbia catalog. Hidden Treasures consists of a studio disc and a live one. The studio set contains a dozen tracks that were rejected from the final versions of Mahal's albums for various reasons, as well as alternate takes. All tracks are unreleased. The quality of the material can be slightly uneven, but that's to be expected being rejects after all. That said, disc one is not without sufficient charm, and even revelatory moments. Its first four tracks feature Mahal and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis in the company of Jim Dickinson's Dixie Flyers. "Chainey Do" and the first of the two alternate takes of "Sweet Mama Janisse" are excellent showcases for Davis in the company of a stellar garage band. Other standouts on disc one include "You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff," with its studio intro where Mahal instructs the band on how to make it cook. And it does. The band includes a five-piece horn section that stars tuba masters Bob Stewart and Howard Johnson. Mahal's banjo playing works beautifully in the extended jam on "Shady Groove." "Butter" closes the disc and features Mahal fronting the band on harmonica, playing a sweet, instrumental version of "People Get Ready." Disc two, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970, is worth the purchase price alone. Mahal plays his National Steel guitar and harmonica, and is backed by a band with the late, great Davis on lead guitar. This set reveals Mahal as a musical shaman early on. He was even then able to skip across centuries, traditions, forms, and singing, telling tales and jokes without hesitation or faltering. He fully inhabits each musical persona he takes on as his own, yet they are all part of a single but multi-limbed lineage in his musicology. The disc is by turns rousing, rocking, and intimate. Whether it's in the a cappella take on the traditional "Runnin' by the Riverside," a cover of the Band's "Bacon Fat," the funky, gritty, original blues of "Big Fat" and "Sweet Mama Janisse," or the definitive version of "Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day," this is all-killer, no-filler. Fans of Mahal's -- especially of his Columbia period -- will greet The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 with cheers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 828768229422
  • Catalog Number: 682294
  • Sales rank: 73,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  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't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (7:23)
  8. 8 Sweet Mama Janisse (3:31)
  9. 9 You Ain't No Streetwalker, Honey but I Do Love the Way You Strut Your S (16:05)
  10. 10 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (7:25)
  11. 11 Shady Grove (9:27)
  12. 12 Butter (2:47)
Disc 2
  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, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Fife, Harp, Vocals, national steel guitar
Bob Stewart Trumpet, Tuba, Flugelhorn
Jesse Ed Davis Piano, Electric Guitar
John Hall Electric Guitar
John Simon Piano, Electric Piano
Eric Ajaye Bass
Chuck Blackwell Drums
Sammy Creason Drums
Joseph Daley Tuba, Valve Trombone
James Luther Dickinson Piano
Charlie Freeman Electric Guitar
Gary Gilmore Bass
Jim Karstein Drums
Tommy McClure Bass
Earl McIntyre Trombone, Tuba
Hoshal Wright Electric Guitar
Bill Rich Bass
Michael Utley Organ
Greg Thomas Drums
Anna de Leon Vocal Harmony
Kwasi "Rocky" DziDzournu Conga
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Taj Mahal Arranger, Composer, Adaptation, Whistle
Bob Dylan Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Jesse Ed Davis Composer
Eric Ajaye Composer
Fred Catero Engineer
Tim Geelan Engineer
Garth Hudson Composer
Kevin Morris Management
David Rubinson Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Hoshal Wright Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Paul Goldman Booking
Traditional Composer
Don Level Composer
Bob Love Composer
Joshua Knight Booking
Miles Mellough Liner Notes
Valerie Celene Management
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