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Natch'l Blues

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From 1968, Taj's second LP is one the freshest blues albums of the era with great backing from Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar and the rhythm section of Gary Glimore and Chuck Blackwell. This edition adds three bonus tracks.


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  • Audio CD (September 5, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0045DO7SY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on February 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I played the original vinyl release in 1969 until you could practically see through it. It was, and remains, a lesson in how to re-energize and re-interpret a type of music without losing sight of the traditions within. Taj, with the invaluable help of his tight and funky band, particularly the late, great, guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, just tears his way effortlessly through any manner of blues you care to name. Country blues ? "She Caught The Katy" is a whipsaw romp through an old Yank Rachael tune with Taj showing his considerable harp skills to good effect. How about some soul? "You Don't Miss Your Water" is the finest version of this soul standard I have ever heard and there's some good ones out there too. A little rock in your sock? "Ain't That A Lotta Love", a horn powered stroll through Bobby Bland territory, will put it there for ya. Taj has gone on through his illustrious career to explore many other types of music and it's all been first rate, but for sheer youthful fun and exuberance you can start right here. The bonus tracks are a nice addition too because there's no such thing as too much Taj.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rogers on March 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this (early spring 1969) probably more for the astounding-looking cover (both front and rear) than for any other reason; but I had an idea that the music was going to be really good, and I was right. The breezes would be blowing through open windows, and listening to this made me feel like I was already outside, someplace way out in the country.
Taj Mahal plays/sings the blues with an uncharacteristically light, almost happy manner [despite what many would consider to be out of character], and in doing so, makes these tunes his own. Many of the songs mine the sub-genre of blues which uses more emotionally upbeat melodies and whose often humorous lyrics include plentifully adroit turns-of-phrase.
"My baby she long . . . my baby she tall. She sleeps with her head in the kitchen and her big feets out in the hall. So crazy 'bout that hard-headed woman 'o mine!"
Maybe that coterie of listeners which persists in honking about how the blues have to be down, dirty and depressing won't like this, but I'd say they might be missing something. If, as people who know the blues say, one sings it in order to better survive, there must be times when the blues uplifts into a comedy zone, or else music like this collection wouldn't have a genuine reason to exist. Myself, I'm very grateful it's here, intact.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Louis Pierotti on September 28, 2000
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What could you do to make the best blues album ever recorded even better? Add a few previously unreleased choice cuts to the CD mix! Clean, natural and unprentetious. I am having a tough time containing myself on this one! I have been looking for a CD release of this album for the last twelve years! Eureka!!!! This well educated young man has honored our ancestors, celebrated his roots, and enlightened several generations of listeners with this unparalleled masterpiece. Get it while it lasts! You could search a lifetime and never find a better or more genuinely soulful recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here it is 2000, The Natch'l Blues, an album with songs over 50 years old, recorded more than 30 years ago, is still as fresh and energic as anything recorded since. I first heard this album in 1970 and it introduced me to a kind of accoustic blues like I had not heard before and unfortunately, rarely since.
I still have the lp and whenever I have played it for friends, they have two reactions: its the best Delta country blues they ever heard, and why couldn't they get a copy? Thank you Sony/Columbia for this reissue. Taj signaled with this recording that country blues could be played with a hipness worthy of the Fillmore West/East and other hip venues of the times while being true to the forms of the genre. The Natch'l Blues is intelligent, relaxed and fun but it cooks and jumps and you know from the first notes of Good Morning Miss Brown that this album is has a special energy. Other cuts are just as much fun. Corrina and The Cuckoo are songs that have become Taj staples, but never done better than here on Natch'l Blues. The playing is done with intergrity. His grasp of the playing accoustic Delta blues wrings out an artistic honesty on every cut on this album that is uncommon.
This is Taj Mahal at his very country blues best; in my opinion, he has never recorded the Delta blues any better. He just keeps getting better, but, believe me: he was the best when he recorded Natchl Blues. And with Jesse Ed Davis and Ry Cooder on the session, the music on this cd is historic in musical proportions. The recent boxed set had a few of these cuts, (some are also are on The Best of Taj Mahal and Taj's Blues) but not enough if you want to know how great Taj Mahal plays country blues. The Delta blues don't get better than The Natch'l Blues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "phardy51" on July 1, 2003
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back in the late sixties if you were a music fan in So. Cali you got wind of Taj Mahal...he was an underground radio staple but you only heard his commercial sounding blues/rock stuff...when this album came out it was a shocker because it was so eclectic in the sense it was a blues primer 101....it was honest and most of all not blantly commerical...everything except "aint that alot of love" and "and your gonna miss your water"...is stripped down to the basics...you feel the emotion and care given to these songs....listening to these songs now is not a trip down memory lane but a cultural experience of the highest musical order....endulge yourself...alot of us "so cals" did
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