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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic finally resurfaces!, September 7, 2000
This review is from: The Real Thing (Audio CD)
Taj, an American original, put this band together in 1970 and toured with it during the winter of 1970-71. I saw them in an absolutely amazing concert in which they left an audience of college students hollering for more. After a set of Taj on steel bodied guitar, the four horn players came on stage, each holding a tuba! Blues with tubas! The horn players included Howard Johnson, a legendary sideman, and as you might expect, the tubas were replaced with a more traditional array of horns before too long. I went out and bought this album as soon as the campus record store opened the next day. I wore it out and bought another, which I've kept ever since.
Originally issued as a two record set, this disc consists partially of Taj playing his steel bodied guitar -- "Fishin' Blues" -- and partly cuts by the band -- "Sweet Mama Janisse," "Ain't Goin' To Whistle Dixie No Mo'," and "Goin' To Move Up To the Country and Paint My Mailbox Blue," among others.
Taj on steel bodied is entirely unique; no one does it better, and he has been the premier proponent of this genre of music for many years. These are good live cuts.
The horn band material is casual, even raucous, and entirely ecstatic. The sound is completely spontaneous and upbeat -- it doesn't even sound rehearsed. Don't expect studio sound or deeply introspective performances. This is a band out there jammin' and having fun. To me that's what makes this album special -- there's just no way to be sad while you picture four guys strutting around on stage with tubas, while the leader whistles or plays a penny whistle or harp, with a honky tonk piano on the side. Blues With a Feelin' indeed.
Glad to have this back again. I didn't know how I was going to replace my old vinyl version.
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