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Senor Blues

Taj MahalAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 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 (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B0000000MF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Because I Played On It September 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Having spent 39 of my 54 years as a working musician, I have spent a good portion of my time listening to and performing music. THIS IS ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE RECORDS OF ALL TIME!
It was joy to record, from the first note to the last, a joy to listen to in the studio booth as we listened to playbacks, and a thrill to hear as a finished product.
The tunes, even the ones that didn't make the finished CD, were a blast to play with the guys in the band. The combination of Taj's voice and the musicality of the Phantom Blues Band blended in the creation of a musical masterpiece.
Now, 5 years after recording it, I still listen to it regularly (which is rare for musicians, too self-critical), and I love it more and more all the time.
We really didn't know how the public or Taj's fans would react to it, it was simply where we were at musically and emotionally and spiritually at the time. But, we recorded it with love and passion and the public response was great. NO GUEST ARTISTS! Just Taj Mahal and The Phantom Blues Band and John Porter producing. 1998 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER.
Personally, it's up there with "Kind of Blue"-Miles Davis, "A Love Supreme"-John Coltrane, Robert Johnson's "Complete Anthology", and Bob Marley's "Survival".
Larry Fulcher - bassist
Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waitin' on this one a while...worth every second... September 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After reading Larry Fulcher's Spotlight Review, I hesitated - I mean, what am I gonna add to THAT? Well, let me say that I've written close to 110 music reviews and all but one(and Otis is long since gone..)have been Jazz reviews. So this CD is really the first non-jazz review. I don't think I could have picked a better one to begin with. "Senor Blues" (written by Horace there is a segue, after all), the CD, is a brilliant statement, both musically and lyrically. It ALMOST usurps "The Real Thing" as my favorite Taj of all time (I'm into Live...) From the first finger-pickin' honey drippin' from "Queen Bee", to the unbelievably tight and minor mellow, but tough title track (the organ, and the trumpet work, is stunning), to the gospel-drenched indictment of our brave new world, "Things Gettin' Crazy Up In Here", to the gem - the gorgeous "21st Century Gypsy..." (check out the drum fill as it's fading out), to the Otis tribute (HEY! another segue..)"Mr. Pitiful", well let's just say it's the tightest, most soulful, personal statement from this Master in a while. If you've been waiting to get a Taj CD, don't. GET THIS ONE.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Astounding April 3, 2003
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I had always been a fan of Taj's earlier recordings. I didn't get into this until I saw him in concert and he played "Queen Bee" (which inspired me to seek out this album). What an absolute gem. Quite possibly his greatest album. Every song on here is absolutely scorching, and such a wide variety of genres are represented. If this album doesn't move you, there's something quite wrong. Any fan of the blues or jazz, or just music in general should have this album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Scores Again! May 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am constantly amazed at the breadth of Taj Mahal's musical talent. With "Senor Blues" he scores once again. It's all here: blues, jazz, rock, soul, and even country; all performed with alacrity by the versatile Mahal. My favorites are the hilarious "You Rascal You", the equally funny "Mind Your Own Business" and the jazz classic "Senor Blues".I've always heard the last as an instrumental, and a good one at that. I never knew the title cut had lyrics which are so banal as to be comical. Here is a song just begging to be parodied!There is not a bad song on the album and it is highly recommended to be given an honored place in any music lover's collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great music from Taj Mahal February 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You take some soul, some old r & b, some jazz, some blues(of course), some country and some original songs and put them together with feeling, rhythm and skillful musical performances and you have a Taj Mahal cd. Taj never lets you down. He has an extensive interest in music of all kinds and expresses his love of it through his singing and playing.
It is always interesting to look at the songs he puts together on his cd. On this one Steve Cropper, Otis Redding, Horace Silver, Marvin Gaye, Washboard Sam, Delbert McClinton, Hank Williams (sr.) and of course the man himself Taj Mahal are represented songwriters. And amazingly it works, they all go together to form a cohesive cd. One of his originals 21st Century Gypsy Singin' Lover Man is a compelling new blues song.
I always have to discipline myself and not over play Taj Mahal, this CD included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album January 10, 2003
By jbembe
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Taj disc I was exposed to. It is very well done including a cover of James Brown (Think), along with some original compositions. Basically there is good reason Taj has won several grammys of late, and if you get into his music you'll immediately understand. The title track and 21rst Century Gypsy Singin' Lover Man stand out on this set. Queen Bee is also a great song that opens the set, and my wife likes very well. Warning, once you discover this artist, you will find yourself digging deeper and deeper craving more. Not the worst thing that could happen to you, Check it Out!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have it.
I've loved this album for years. It is the one that includes my favorite song, Queen Bee. You won't be disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by M. Guest
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album by Taj Mahal
But then, aren't all Taj Mahal albums great? This one makes me want to drive all night til I hit Mexico.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars From deep, down, and under....
When you need to step back from the chaos, reach out and touch the soul of everyman, he's THE MAN. Unadorned, from the heart blues!
Published 13 months ago by Mina
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Taj Mahal's Best
Long one of my favorite musicians, I think this is one of his best. Taj brings a zest to music that is hard to rival, not to mention his enduring career as an "out of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Writeagain
4.0 out of 5 stars $3.99, really????
As of the end of February 2013, it was priced at $3.99. You have to be nuts NOT to buy it at this price. A trip through American blues, rock, jazz, and soul. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pablo
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Blues
Great songs from a unique blues artist Taj has a great sound and you get really additiced to it. He tels a story with every song. All his works are good but this one is grand.
Published 21 months ago by James R. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars jewel from the 90s
Fun album with a great bunch of musicians, but I almost wish that Taj had not used the word "Blues" in the title, because this album offers many diverse musical styles; the usual... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars a late discovery
I had heard of Taj Mahal but had never sampled his work until very recently, and I picked his 1997 album "Senor Blues" pretty much at random. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars totally Taj!
A great album with classic songs of Taj and a few new ones in for good measure! A great purchase
Published on May 3, 2012 by JKP
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album with 2 superlative songs
This is a good album. I have rated songs for my iPod, 3 stars for those I like, 4 for those that I like alot, and 5 stars for those I can listen to any time of day or night, and... Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by DaveH_SF
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