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Taj is impossible to classify, impossible to resist. This first-ever Taj Mahal retrospective has it all: the classics (including performances with Ry Cooder, Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop) and the rarities-15 never-before-released recordings! These include killer tracks from the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus ; live performances with the Pointer Sisters and from Austin City Limits , and much more. All told, 54 tracks with detailed notes and historic photos. Definitely not to be missed.

Taj Mahal has become a blues ambassador, carrying the music to new audiences and melding it with other influences. It's altogether appropriate, then, that three of the early tracks on this three-CD set are unreleased from the Rolling Stones 1968 musical experiment, Rock and Roll Circus. This box emphasizes (but is not limited to) Taj's early career--the late-'60s through the mid-'70s--and whether he's playing solo acoustic instrumentals ("Buck Dancer's Choice"), revving up a rock band ("Statesboro Blues"), or weaving his National Steel guitar around tubas ("Sweet Mama Janisse"), the blues element is never far from center. He even brings out the Pointer Sisters, who funkify the blues standard, "Sweet Home Chicago." The latter part of the box ventures into the 1980s and '90s, and features some songs for kids. Taj Mahal makes a world gumbo of the blues, spiced with a nice hot sauce. --Robert Gordon

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (Album Version)Taj Mahal 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Corrina (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:26Album Only
  3. Checkin' Up On My Baby (Album Version)Taj Mahal 5:37Album Only
  4. Leavin' Trunk (Album Version)Taj Mahal 6:24Album Only
  5. Buck Dancer's ChoiceTaj Mahal 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox BlueTaj Mahal 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. She Caught The Katy & Left Me A Mule To Ride (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (Album Version)Taj Mahal 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Stagger Lee (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Built For Comfort (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Natural Man (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Railroad BillTaj Mahal 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Texas Woman BluesTaj Mahal 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Early In The Morning (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Dust My BroomTaj Mahal 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Blind Boy Rag (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Oh, Susanna (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Cakewalk Into Town (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Fishin' BluesTaj Mahal 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Nobody's Business But My Own (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sweet Mama Janisse (Live)Taj Mahal 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Little Red Hen Blues (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mary Don't You Weep (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Sweet Home Chicago (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Frankie & AlbertTaj Mahal 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. M'Banjo (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Statesboro Blues (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Bye & Bye (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Six Days On The Road (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. We Gonna Rock (Album Version)Taj Mahal;Elvin Bishop;Boz Scaggs 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Ain't it Funky Now (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Tom & Sally Drake (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Fishin' Blues (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:11Album Only
18. Blues With A Feeling (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:11Album Only
19. Freight Train (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:17Album Only

Disc 3:

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  1. When I Feel the Sea Beneath My SoulTaj Mahal 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. West Indian Revelation (Album Version)Taj Mahal 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Eighteen Hammers (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Johnny Too Bad (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Slave DriverTaj Mahal 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. (Clara) St. Kitts Woman (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Do I Love Her (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:02Album Only
  8. Everybody Is Somebody (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:29Album Only
  9. But I Rode Some (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Crossing (Lonely Day) (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:32Album Only
11. Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings) (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:06Album Only
12. The Most Recent Evolution of Muthafusticus Modernusticus (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:21Album Only
13. Curry (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:33Album Only
14. Follow The Drinking Gourd (Album Version)Taj Mahal 2:38Album Only
15. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:32Album Only
16. Little Brown Dog (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:13Album Only
17. Señor Blues (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:41Album Only
18. Ain't That A Lot Of Love (Album Version)Taj Mahal 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Take A Giant Step (Album Version)Taj Mahal 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000D9TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on February 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Old timers may remember that in the early 70's Flo and Eddie (of The Turtles)wrote a column in Creem magazine reviewing records. They hated everything. When they reviewed Taj Mahal's Mo' Roots album they lampooned his assimilation of Carribean music and accused him of being a bandwagon jumper."...we can't wait until Taj discovers Swiss yodeling and starts wearing a Tyrolean hat",they wrote. Actually it was pretty funny, but what they didn't realize is that Taj's paternal family were West Indians, so this music was his birthright,just as much as the spirituals,slave hollers,and blues he heard from his mother's rural southern upbringing were. It's his music and it comes to him as natural as breathing. This comprehensive 3 CD set is an excellent place for novices and old pros alike to welcome the music of Taj into their homes. From The Rising Sons,Taj's seminal 60's band that included Ry Cooder, romping through "Statesboro Blues", down through the great Jesse Ed Davis led Tulsa Roadhouse band,the tuba years (yes!),and finally the steel drum laden Carribean kiss, this set is not to be missed.Yeah the liner notes are scanty, but it's the steak, not the sizzle, that matters here.Any guy that can jam the blues with Boz Scaggs and Elvin Bishop live at the Fillmore and hold his own ,on pennywhistle yet, is okay by me. So Taj, if you want to try Swiss yodeling that'll be cool too. You wear that Tyrolean hat with pride and I'll throw in a pair of lederhosen. Bring the tubas with ya.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I'm perhaps a bit biased, since I've been a huge Taj fan since the release of his first solo album in the late 60s, but to my ears, this is one terrific collection. More than a dozen previously unreleased cuts, a nice broad selection of album tracks, a couple of Rising Sons tunes, and a nicely done autobiographical essay (actually compiled from interviews). My only real quibble with this collection is that the liner notes don't include musician credits for any of the cuts. It's particularly important, I think, when documenting a 30 year time span, that the musicians who helped define the sound be acknowledged; for the unreleased material, there may be no other place to look for such information. [And note that it's probably not Taj's fault. Most Sony/Columbia/Legacy collections like this suffer the same lack of attention to such detail.] No matter: it's still worth the money, even if you have a nice Taj collection. If you don't have any, this is a great introduction to a really great voice in American music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A. James on March 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This collection is easily one of the best box sets on the market, at least in terms of the musical content. As others have noted, there is little in the way of information (though the autobiographical essay is quite inspiring). But to hear this man play more than makes up for this. One of the true American originals, Taj Mahal is a unique voice who can blend many and varied influences into a sound unmistakably his own. Every track on this CD set is top notch. This is one of the two or three most played recordings I own. When Taj launches in to Elizabeth Cotton's "Freight Train" at the end of disc two, it is with complete love for the tradition he so clearly belongs to, and the artists who pointed him to the way. The Spirit is on this man, and it won't let go. An American classic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David W. Coble on December 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought my first Taj Mahal LP sometime around 1968 and have kept tabs on the dude ever since...because my vinyl collection shows signs of wear (to be expected after 40 years of repeated play) I went looking for replacements for my many Taj recordings, something like 20 total records, and was hard-pressed to find a collection that represented what I felt was his best material. This three-disc offering comes nowhere near covering it all, but is a fine place to start.

Over the years many people have tried to "turn me on" to Taj as someone they just discovered, largely through the many so-called Greatest Hits releases under his name...many folks have the impression that he's a Mississippi blues man, a roots-cliche sharecropper's son whose showcase tunes are things like "Fishin Song," "She Caught the Katy and Left me a Mule to Ride," etc.

This is good for a chuckle to anyone who knows the man and his work...Facts be told, Taj Mahal hails from Springfield, Massachusetts and never picked cotton...the son of middle-class professionals, his father was a musician's musician who though not a well-known name was highly respected by those in the know, who nicknamed him "The Genius" not just for his musical accomplishments, as the man also spoke seven languages. Taj's mother was also steeped in music and held a master's degree in early childhood education. Taj graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, studying science, animal husbandry and veterinary medicine...not a typical background for a blues artist, some would say, and critics have stated that his music isn't truly blues and lacks "purity," whatever that means...
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