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Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children


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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

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music For Little People
  • ASIN: B000002M57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2003
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 By A Customer on November 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
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 By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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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By Kate Stevens on March 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I was just was reminded of how much I loved this album when I was a little girl and still do! I am 30 yrs. old now, a preschool teacher and when planning for a month of Music this is the first album that came to mind (thank you mom and dad). I can't think of a better way to introduce a beautiful musician to children of all ages. Your little ones will thank you one day for the exposure to warm soulful music without the cheesiness that comes with some music for children.
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