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American blues musician Taj Mahal, was born Henry Fredericks in New York in 1942. His music is a mix of blues, Caribbean styles, bluegrass and the music of Hawaii, where he lived for a number of years.

He formed Rising Sons with fellow bluesman Ry Cooder, playing at Whisky a Go Go, which gave him the opportunity to play with blues legends, amongst them Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and ... Read more in Amazon's Taj Mahal Store

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  • Audio CD (April 27, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Private Music
  • ASIN: B00000IM7V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. River Of Love
2. Honky Tonk Women
3. Don't Call Us
4. Take A Giant Step
5. Down Home Girl
6. Feets Don't Fail Me Now
7. Dark Angel
8. Big Legged Mommas Are Back In Style
9. John The Revelator
10. Blue Light Boogie
11. She Caught The Katy
12. Meercedes Benz

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By booknblueslady on July 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Blue Light Boogie is a compilation cd of songs performed in the 90's by one of the premier "organic American" musicians, Taj Mahal. Taj was born in New York in 1942 as Henry St Clair Fredericks and a graduate in Animal Husbandry from the University of Massachusetts. It may seem unlikely that you would find someone as passionate about what he calls "organic American" music and others call roots music, but his father was a jazz pianist and his mother frequently sang gospel thus fostering the inception of a life long interest in roots music. He first started performing professionally with Ry Cooder and the Rising Sons in 1964 and since that time has gone on to distinguish himself as both a folk and blues performer.
Taj is a gifted musicologist who performs such a variety of music as jazz, blues, reggae, gospel, rock , folk, soul, and zydeco. Blue Light Boogie provides a good representation of styles and songs which Taj Mahal has done over the years. Many of the songs are pulled from cd compilations which Taj was part of as Honky Tonk Woman from the House of Blues "Paint it Blue" cd, Mercedes Benz another House of Blues "Songs of Janis Joplin" and John the Revelator from the Blues Brothers 2000. It seems fitting that these various pieces should be found together on a Taj Mahal cd.
Among the notable songs on the cd are River of Love a soul type of song that has a real Motown feel to it, and Honky Tonk Woman with its stripped down sound and slow and rough vocals. My personal favorite is a Taj Mahal original Don't Call Us. It is a powerful song with background vocals by Daryl Hall, John Oates and Sheryl Crow.
Those same people
You meet on the way up
Are the same people
You meet on the way down
How does it feel
To be lying on the ground?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wagner on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A recent issue of Life magazine quoted George Harrison as saying that it seems good to boogie sometimes, but not all the time. Well, it seems to me boogie can become a form of meditation, as it does on this kickin' album. It has a wonderful version of "Honky Tonk Women," "John the Revelator" from Blues Brothers 2000, and a great boogie woogie "Big Legged Mommas Are Back in Style." Plus, I love the title track.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I love Taj. I always travel to see his live shows and was eager for a new record. What a bummer that it is basically another disk of old stuff.
Taj, if you feel the need to release old stuff, re-issue "The Real Thing". That is a truly great record and most of it has never been put on disk. Let folks pick up your other stuff on the disks that area currently available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd is one of my favorites of all times. From the Motown sound of "River of Love" to the gospel blues of "John the Revelator" to the rough scratchy tune of "Honky Tonk" women to the old Little Feat rock song "Feats Don't Fail Me Now", every song is absolutely delightful. Great songs to sing along with or even just to clap your hands. My favorites are the upbeat ones like "River of Love", "Don't call Us", "Down Home Girl", "Feats Don't Fail Me Now", "Dark Angel", and "John the Revelator". Great job again Taj!!!!
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By Rene Dobbins on February 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Getting to like this one quite a bit. It usually takes me a bit of time to settle in to a new album and this one is settling in just fine.
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