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Essential Taj Mahal

Taj MahalAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Leaving Trunk (Album Version) 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Statesboro Blues (Album Version) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Celebrated Walkin' Blues (Album Version) 8:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Going up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue (Album Version) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Take a Giant Step (Album Version) 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Six Days On The Road (Album Version) 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Country Blues #1 (Album Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Fishin' Blues (Album Version) 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo') (Live) 8:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (Album Version) 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Happy Just To Be Like I Am (Album Version) 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. West Indian Revelation (Album Version) 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Texas Woman Blues (Album Version) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Cakewalk Into Town (Album Version) 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Frankie & Albert (Album Version) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Railroad Bill (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  3. (Clara) St. Kitts Woman (Album Version) 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul (Album Version) 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too (Album Version) 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Love Theme In The Key Of D (Album Version) 8:05Album Only
listen  7. Everybody Is Somebody (Album Version) 3:29Album Only
listen  8. Crossing (Lonely Day) (Album Version) 2:31Album Only
listen  9. Don't Call Us 4:19Album Only
listen10. Big Legged Mamas Are Back In Style 4:18Album Only
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listen13. Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes 2:39Album Only
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listen16. Queen Bee (Album Version) 5:03Album Only
listen17. Cruisin' (Live) 3:46Album Only
listen18. John Henry (Album Version) 3:41Album Only

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000A7Q2FA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This 2 CD set includes 36 tracks from this beloved, resolutely original latter-day bluesman. Highlights include 'Statesboro Blues', 'Fishing Blues', 'Happy to be Just Like I Am', 'Senor Blues', 'New Hula Blues' and lots more. Legacy. 2005.

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 years of music in 150 minutes August 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Condensing Mahal's lengthy catalog into a two-disc set is a nearly impossible task. To make it work, Columbia pulled together material from its own vaults (representing Mahal's recordings from 1967 to 1976), as well as sides from Warner Brothers (1977), Gramavision (1986, 1991), Private Music (1991 to 1998) and Hannibal (1999 to 2000). That's a healthy chunk of Mahal's oeuvre, shorting a few children's albums from the late '80s and recent works that are readily available. To insure that the arc of these two discs reflected the self-portrait Mahal painted across his recording career, they left the track selection to the artist.

The thirty-six selections do an admirable job of reflecting Mahal's deep roots in the blues and the excursions of discovery and synthesis that have kept his records vital for over thirty years. Columbia's earlier 3-disc set "In Progress & In Motion 1965-1998" offers more tracks, but many of them were unreleased or rare works aimed at collectors. This Essential set provides a more focused helping of Mahal's regular releases. In comparison, disc one of the Essential set mostly duplicates tracks offered on the box set, adding only "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" "Country Blues #1" and "Happy to Be Just Like I Am." Disc two, on the other hand, provides 11 (of 18) tracks that weren't on the box. These include works from his year on Warner Brothers ("Love Theme in the Key of D") and several sides released by Private Music and Hannibal. I've always found the earlier sides to be more compelling, but a balanced retelling of Mahal's music requires a spin of the later work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally satisfied and totally tickled too! September 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Aahh yes the Taj!! I've been searching for the track "Satisfied and Tickled too" for years. The original album from the mid 70's just doesn't seem to be available anywhere on cd, so what a surprise when an old friend returns from a holiday in Florida and presents me with the Essential cd and yes folks this really is an essential album. As a previous buyer said there is something about the track Satisfied and tickled too that just makes you want to play it over and over again. Mind you there a quite a few tracks on this collection that also merit the repeat button. This is a great 2 cd compliation, there is a more comprehensive 3 cd set called "In progress and In motion" but basically if your new to the Taj this Essential collection is the perfect start. You really will be satisfied. Long live the Taj.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied and Tickled January 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
On a recent NPR segment, they asked people on the street what song they would choose to listen to, if they had to listen to it for 24 hours straight. My song, I think, would have to be "Satisfied N' Tickled, Too"...Don't what it is, but I have a nearly insatiable craving to hear it again after the final notes fade...

But everything you need by Taj is here, from classics like "Take A Giant Step" to more modern fare like "Senor Blues"'s all there, and it all, dare I say it? satisfies...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking forward to receiving my CD and spending time with Taj Mahal. He became one of my favorite performers after seeing him at the Fillmore East over 30 years ago. He was the first act, followed by Donny Hathaway and ending with Leon Russell. Most of the audience had never heard of him, but immediately became enraptured with his music, his playing, and his smooth as silk voice. He seemed so self assured considering the talent he was sharing the stage with . He also appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself while entertaining us and it became infectious throughout the theater. I am sad to say that the technical quality of this newly produced CD of Taj's older work was not very good. The music seemed sloppy and fuzzy and Taj's vocals were so low that you could not really hear him. This was throughout disc one. Disc 2 was way more interesting and much more clear. Listening to him on disc 2 gave me the same pleasure I always had throughout the years as I followed his career. I gave this CD 4 stars because the second disc alone was well worth it. Simply Reyna
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defies classification-Taj is one-of-a-kind innovator December 30, 2010
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This collection sums up over four decades of the ever-evolving music of an American treasure. When will people stop classifying Taj Mahal as a 'bluesman'???? Blues makes up only part of his vast repertoire. Taj was one of the first people to introduce the concept of 'world music', and you'll hear that in these CDs. The collection highlights many co-creators (Jesse Ed Davis, the Pointer Sisters, et al)and many of Taj's bands.
I give this five stars because it refvlecvts Taj's uniqueness as a performer and person as well as reflecting many of the quality songs and styles he has recorded. For Taj fans, it may not have your favorite---there are just too many memorable songs for that to happen. I confess that Taj has been one of my favorites for over 40 years and this collection was satisfying to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening June 20, 2011
By Beth
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I always liked Taj Mahal when I occasionally heard him on the radio. Then a friend called me and asked me if I would like to go see him live. Taj Mahal was absolutely mesmerizing onstage and it was not a performance, but an experience. This CD embodies his multifaceted genres and recreates what he delivers in concert. I bought The Essential Taj Mahal because he performed a great song called "Fishin' Blues" that stayed with me a year after I heard it! This is just plain fantastic music by an amazingly talented individual. He has a great lineup of stellar musicians backing him. I have been listening to this since I got it, except when my husband steals it from my car. Taj makes everything his own, so the remakes are not really remakes, they're Taj Takes and worth the listen. Get it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only missing "Betty & Dupree"--otherwise it is pure Taj!
Published 23 days ago by Ann Stockard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good stuff!
Published 29 days ago by Craig Tedeton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good cd .
Published 1 month ago by JOE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album. Best sounding release I've found so far.
Published 1 month ago by G. John Grieco
1.0 out of 5 stars Great music! JUNK CD....
This is a review of the physical CD *not* the music. I cracked the first CD in the center due to the extremely tight fit in the double CD jewel case. To top it off *both* CDs skip. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adolph Buddha
2.0 out of 5 stars ...
Meh. It was a little of everything he's ever done it seems. Some of it I like, some of it I don't.
Published 8 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever outstanding!
The many moods of Taj Mahal - over the years - are well represented here. A classic, if ever there was one!
Published 9 months ago by LearningMum
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Folk Blues Rock Soul ... and everything in between
Great collection: 36 songs covering 2 CDs from one of America's musical treasures, Mr. Taj Mahal. When you've recorded as many albums, and songs, over the decades as this man has,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Taj Mahal
I have been looking for his music for a long time after seeing some of his concerts on the television. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Blues Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
This is a great, well rounded collection that reflects the ecclectic flavor of Taj Mahal's work. I love this guy!
Published on September 6, 2012 by Leonard B. Allen
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