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Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children

Taj MahalAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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 (October 27, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music For Little People
  • ASIN: B000002M57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fishin' Blues
2. Brown Girl In The Ring
3. Light Rain
4. Quavi, Quavi
5. Suake Sugaree
6. Funky Bluesy ABC's
7. Talkin' John Henry
8. Railroad Bill
9. A Soulful Tune
10. Little Brown Dog

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Folk blues may not seem to be the stuff of a children's album, but this award-winning 1988 disc consists of a delightful series of songs for kids despite (or because of?) its blue roots. Mahal sets an intimate, storytelling mood with his casual introductions, and the spontaneous sing-along choruses (provided by his children, Ahmen and Deva) add to the gathered-round-the-campfire feel. Still, this is a blues record--undeniably gentle and sweet, but blues all the same--and that's what makes it such a wonderful family collection. Whimsical enough to please children, it contains enough bite to captivate adults. For every song about a boy riding his big-eared puppy halfway around the world ("Little Brown Dog") there's another about playing the ponies in Houston ("Light Rain"). It's all topped off with a joyous version of Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree," with Mahal's children singing, "Oh, Lordy me, then we'll shake sugaree / Everything I've got is done and pawned." Strange material for a children's record, but it works. --Percy Keegan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kid's Music I've ever heard--buy it June 11, 1998
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Brown Dog brought tears to my eyes... Guavi Guavi made me want to speak Senegalize... I can't stop singing Light Rain. Seriously, this is some of the best stuff Taj has done, and it's hidden away on a kid's tape--its one of the many great things I've discovered about fatherhood (disposable diapers are another).
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood May 15, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful cd, I listened to it constantly when I was little and was on top of the world when at the age of nine I got to see Taj Mahal in concert. This cd made me appreaciate blues and now I love all of his new stuff as well. This cd is enjoyable for kids but as a college student I still listen to it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful album for anyone November 22, 1998
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Pete Townshend wrote an album (Iron Man) based on a children's story and it's great. Taj sings "childrens songs" here and they are great. Is someone noticing a trend? Basically Taj takes his acoustic guitar and harmonica and links these songs together into what feels like a live preformance in front of a group of school kids. The stories he tells are cute, the songs are brilliant and the preformances are superb. Don't be scared of a title like "Funky, Bluesy ABC's" it's GOOD. The entire album is good and it's good for you! I want to have kids just to introduce them to good music through this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! July 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
My sister sent us this CD when we had our first child and it has been our favorite. If you're a blues fan, it is very listenable children's music for adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it and baby loves it. July 10, 1999
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Good music for dancing around the living room with baby. She loves the album and it doesn't get boring for parents, either.
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