Best of Taj Mahal

by Taj Mahal

(1981) Columbia #CK36528

Personnel Taj Mahal: Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Description A collection of Taj's stuff, ranging from the Reggaeish Johnny Too Bad to the solo acoustic Fishing Blues to the hard-hitting Leaving Trunk.
Posted By Jim Burger (4613)
Directory Recordings: Blues
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On 11/30/1999, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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"Ok, what the hell is Jason doing rating a Taj Mahal album?!" Unknown to most metal-heads, Taj Mahal is a great acoustic master and a cool guy. I got into him from my mom's boyfriend, a native Hawain (Taj loves HA). I gave it a good listen and was very impressed. He really knows how to play guitar, and has a great rythym section. He is a big guy, so guitars look like ukeleles (sp) when he holds them, and its amazing that he actually can play like that with those fingers. Good stuff
On 11/30/1999, Jim Burger (4613) posted:
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Taj isn't the best guitarist, but there's a certain energy about him that always gets your foot tapping, no matter what's playing. This album is almost all blues, except for "Johnny Too Bad" and "Further on Down the Road". One of my major problems with Taj is that he tends to experiment with too many different genres on one album, when all I want to hear is blues, and this album is no exception in that matter.

You gotta love Fishin' Blues, though, and best of all is Cakewalk Into Town -- how often do you hear a Dobro/Tuba duet??