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The Essential Taj Mahal


Download links and information about The Essential Taj Mahal by Taj Mahal. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Blues, Acoustic genres. It contains 36 tracks with total duration of 02:30:52 minutes.

Artist: Taj Mahal
Release date: 2005
Genre: Blues, Acoustic
Tracks: 36
Duration: 02:30:52
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No. Title Length
1. Leaving Trunk 4:47
2. Statesboro Blues 2:57
3. The Celebrated Walkin' Blues 8:50
4. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride 3:27
5. Corinna 3:00
6. Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue 3:35
7. Take a Giant Step 4:16
8. Six Days On the Road 3:00
9. Country Blues #1 2:36
10. Fishin' Blues 3:07
11. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo') [Live] 8:36
12. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 6:16
13. Happy Just to Be Like I Am 3:51
14. West Indian Revelation 6:05
15. Texas Woman Blues 2:55
16. Cakewalk Into Town 2:33
17. Frankie & Albert 3:58
18. Railroad Bill 2:48
19. Johnny Too Bad 3:14
20. Slave Driver 2:42
21. (Clara) St. Kitts Woman 4:15
22. When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul 3:05
23. Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too 5:24
24. Love Theme In the Key of D 8:05
25. Everybody Is Somebody 3:29
26. Crossing (Lonely Day) 2:31
27. Don't Call Us 4:19
28. Big Legged Mamas Are Back In Style 4:18
29. That's How Strong My Love Is 3:09
30. Here In the Dark 3:07
31. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes 2:39
32. SeƱor Blues 6:44
33. The New Hula Blues 4:44
34. Queen Bee 5:03
35. Cruisin' (Live) 3:46
36. John Henry 3:41



The Essential Taj Mahal pulls together the bluesman's Columbia, Warner, Gramavision Private Music, and Hannibal labels' recordings, making it the first truly cross-licensed compilation of his work. Given the depth and breadth of this set (it covers four decades), the listener gets not only a cross-sectional view of the artist, but also his innovative and idiosyncratic journey through the blues: Mahal has not only kept the tradition alive, he's expanded it and deepened it, tracing its roots and developments through the course of American, Caribbean, and African cultures. While there is no unreleased material here, there doesn't need to be. The sheer adventure in these recordings reveals the wealth of the contribution Mahal has made not only to the blues, but to popular culture both present and past. This is a comp to own, to be moved by, and to ultimately enjoy. Columbia issued a three-CD set earlier, but there were things there that needed to be trimmed. This leaner and meaner version is superior.