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Dancing the Blues

Taj MahalAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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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 (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B0000000LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue's Ain't Nothin'
2. Hard Way
3. Strut
4. Going To The River
5. Mockingbird
6. Blue Light Boogie
7. The Hoochi Coochi Coo
8. That's How Strong My Love Is
9. Down Home Girl
10. Stranger In My Own Home Town
11. Sitting On Top Of The World
12. I'm Ready
13. I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie Honeybunch) (Bonus Track)

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On this 1993 album produced by John Porter, Taj Mahal applies his revivalist instincts and remarkably pliable voice to the classic rhythm & blues styles of the 1940s through the '60s. The program ranges from T-Bone Walker ("Hard Way") and Howlin' Wolf ("Sitting on Top of the World") to Fats Domino ("I'm Ready"), Otis Redding ("That's How Strong My Love Is"), and the Four Tops ("I Can't Help Myself"). Etta James sings a duet on "Mockingbird," while guitarist Johnny Lee Schell, bassist Bob Glaub, keyboardist Bill Payne, and drummer Richie Hayward provide tight and supple studio backing. --Rick Mitchell

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's dance! January 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dancing the Blues is one of my very favorite CD's by one of my very favorite artists Taj Mahal. It's great to listen to, great to dance to and every song is a living thing.
I first saw Taj Mahal in 1972 and was blown away by his performance and command and knowledge of the music that he played and sang. since then I have been lucky enough to see him two other times, on each occasion I received an education in the music as well as having an all out good time.
Dancing the Blues represents the energy, love and respect which Taj has for music. There is a wide range of music from the motown sounds of Taj's excellent version of the four top's "Sugarpie Honeybunch" (oh no I'm in junior high again)to Chester (the wolf) Burnett' "Sitting on Top of the World". I love Taj's version of Mockingbird, with the help of Etta James - there is nothing like it - I could listen to it again and again.
This is an album I strongly recommend for anyone who loves the blues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Album June 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic collection of well-chosen cover tunes as well as originals. They range from the energetic workout, "Hoochi Coochi Coo" to slow blues such as "That's How Strong My Love Is" & "Going to the River". The presence of the Texacali Horns throughout the album give it a distinct 50's feel. Etta James joins Taj for a great version of "Mockingbird". There's not a weak track here. Great blues, lots of fun!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me the Blues! July 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Taj Mahal gives us the blues through the years and makes it sound timeless. Every song is great, but my personal favorite is "Down Home Girl" Just makes me want eat a mess of soul food! This album is soul food!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Da Blues is Great November 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is fabulous - It has a Taj Mahal's style of the blues written all over it- I especially love the remake of "Sugar Pie Honey Bun". Taj's style gets you moving and feeling the blues - but in a happy WAY! I find listening to this CD a motivational moving thing! I definitely recommend this CD for your blues collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best October 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums. When I'm down, I like to play this album, and it cheers me up. My favorite song on the album is "Mockingbird." It makes me want to just get up and dance. Etta James and Taj Mahal are terrific!
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5.0 out of 5 stars smokin'! July 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD ranges from smokin' blues to tight sexy grooves to pure soul to old fashioned boogie woogie. Taj proves once again to master whatever style he wants to play. Buy it, load it and crank it up. Your neighbors are gonna love it ;-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best October 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums. When I'm down, I like to play this album, and it cheers me up. It kinda reminds me of home. My favorite song on the album is "Mockingbird." It makes me want to just get up and dance. Etta James and Taj Mahal are terrific!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy! May 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yes, that's it. Nothing but 5 stars for this lovely record. If you are planning a party, don't forget to put it in your player and everybody will be happy. If not you should change your guests, no funny people.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 6 days ago by Paul E. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AAA
Published 8 days ago by John Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great add to my collection.
Published 11 days ago by NORMAN NELSON
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i expected
not as good as i expected
Published 1 month ago by robert h cushing 111
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY LISTEN
THIS CD IS SUPERB, DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD YOU EXPERIENCE MOVES YOU DIDN,T THANK YOU HAD . EXCELLENT DANCE SONGS WITH THAT BOOGIE BACK GROUND VERY HARD TO BEAT.
Published 6 months ago by Billy R. Leedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Taj Mahal recorded this in 1993 - I bought the CD in 2001 and am still listening to it. Here Taj Mahal takes on pre 1970 rhythm and blues. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Mulloy
5.0 out of 5 stars good CD
I bought this CD as a birthday gift, for a blues die-hard..He really enjoys the CD..I purchased this, and had it shipped to another address. It got there early, with no problems.
Published 6 months ago by Diane L. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Taj
Great interpretations of choice material, an absolutely crack band. love the horns. Similar in nature to Phantom Blues and Senor Blues
Published 20 months ago by Kurt Plunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Startin' Tunes
Admittedly, I'm a "Taj Mahal-ic" with no desire to be cured of my addiction.
I still own his very first album on LP and I've seen him perform live more
than any other... Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by geespot
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Taj Mahal always makes good albums, and this is no exception. Not great, but consistently good throughout. Can't go wrong.
Published on November 26, 2008 by Stranger
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