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Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973

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A two-disc sonic portrait chronicling the early stirrings of Taj Mahal's solo career, The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969 - 1973 features two CDs comprised entirely of unreleased finished material. The first disc debuts studio recordings from 1969-1973, while the second disc premieres a full-length live concert, recorded April 18, 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall in London (on a bill that included Santana).

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B0083XSYXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 21, 2012
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Taj Mahal fans-alert! If you like his first few albums-you need to check this out. The "star" rating ranges from 3 to 4 1/2-depending on the tune. You may feel otherwise-to each his own. The bands range from THE DIXIE FLYERS, to Mahal's band from his third album, to tubas and other horns from his "The Real Thing" era, to a drummerless trio. The remastered sound on the studio tracks is excellent. The live tracks don't have quite the same sonic punch, but are very good. The 15 page booklet contains a short essay on the music on both discs. Also included are several period photos of Mahal, and complete track information.

The first disc contains tracks (not in chronological order) from 1969,1970,1971, and 1973. The first four songs, from 1970, feature Mahal, Jesse Ed Davis, and a fine 5 piece band known as THE DIXIE FLYERS. "Chainey Do" is a fine, funky song credited to Mahal and Willie McTell. "Sweet Mama Janisse" (also heard on the live set), is reminiscent of Mahal's first couple of albums, with a bluesy/funky solo by Davis, with the band sounding very much like Mahal's more well known band of the era. The lengthy (6 minutes) "Yan-Nah Mama-Loo" finds Mahal in fine voice-that warm, gravely style he uses so effectively. "Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day" (written by Mahal) is also on the live disc, with both tunes each having something to recommend them. This stripped down version gives the song more punch than the original (the album "Happy To Be Just Like I Am", 1971) version.

Dylan's "I Pity The Poor Immigrant", and the traditional "Jacob's Ladder", from 1969, feature the band from his third album-Mahal, Davis, Gary Gilmore-bass, and Chuck Blackwell-drums.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Robert Langford on August 29, 2012
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This truely is one of the best Taj mahal records ever released!
I have not stop listening to this record. Taj has always produced some of the best music ever But I actually think
the 1968 thru 1973 was his magic time! Taj had the best band ever with Jesse Ed Davis leading the pac with some of the most brilliant guitar playing of it's time and his slide playing stands right along side Johnny Winter, Duane Allman, george hariison, derek Trucks!
This record is a must have for any music lover. The blues people for sure.

The Disc "Live at The Royal Albert Hall" truely brings out the magic of Taj and his band. Jesse Ed davis is encredible on this live set
no wonder people like, Eric Clapton, George harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and many more brought Jesse Ed Davis
in on some of thier best rcords.

The Studio disc is wonderful as well, I love Sweet Mama Janisse,Jacob's LadderYan-nah mama-loo, and Tomorrow may not be your day!
You must do yourself a favor and get this record sit back and let the music take you away!

thanks Taj, again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 18, 2012
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This 2-CD set of previously unreleased material provides a superb complement to the previously issued Essential anthology. Where Essential set surveyed thirty-three years of Mahal's immense catalog, this latest collection focuses on five years from early in his career. Those formative years found Mahal exploring numerous threads of the blues, including pre-war styles, as well as soul and funk. The first disc includes a dozen finished studio tracks that clock in at a generous 77 minutes. The recordings were made in Woodstock, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area and New Orleans, the latter produced by Allen Toussaint in rustic, drumless arrangements. The bands include 3- and 4-piece combos, as well as larger aggregations that feature the Dixie Flyers and a brass band. Jesse Edwin Davis' guitar provides a strong, guiding presence on many tracks, and Mahal's harmonica adds an expressive voice on a superb cover of Dylan's "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" and a soulful instrumental version of "People Get Ready" titled "Butter."

Disc two features a 1970 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The live set features both original material and covers, including Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues," Sonny Boy Williamson's "Checkin' Up on My Baby," and a lengthy take on Robby Robertson and Garth Hudson's pre-Band era "Bacon Fat." Mahal starts his set - an opening slot for Johnny Winter and Santana - with a gutsy, a cappella version of the traditional "Runnin' by the Riverside." His stage manner is warm and welcoming, offering detailed introductions to his songs and drawing on the folk tradition of audience participation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on April 21, 2013
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Really fun to hear these early Taj Mahal studio recordings, plus a live set from 1970. As others have remarked, if you enjoyed the early Taj Mahal recordings from the 1970s then you will no doubt love what is on Disc 1, some tunes which you've heard in different versions on other Taj albums. The real appeal for many fans will be Disc 2, the live conceret from the Royal Albert Hall in London. Frankly, it starts off a bit sluggish with Taj doing an acappella number, followed by an acoustic tune. But then the full band joins him and that's when things start to get lively and hot! By the time Taj and band have ripped through a few songs and turned "Oh Susanna" upside down and into a frenzied extended jam, you are convinced this is one smokin' band. Very pleased to have this marvelous document by one of America's finest purveyors of blues-influenced musical magic.
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