The Essential Taj Mahal

The Essential Taj Mahal

by Taj Mahal
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The Essential Taj Mahal

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969496725
catalogNumber: 94967
Rank: 48154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,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
Kooper   Piano
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
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
Joseph Daley   Trombone,Tuba

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
John Porter   Producer,Audio Production
Yank Rachell   Composer
David Rubinson   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Lee Schell   Composer
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 W. II Work   Composer
Tom Surowicz   Liner Notes

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