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Original Album Classics [Box set]

Taj Mahal Audio CD
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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 (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B004DL5OAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Leaving Trunk
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Checkin' up on My Baby
4. Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
5. E Z Rider
6. Dust My Broom
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Disc: 2
1. Good Morning Miss Brown
2. Corinna
3. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
4. Going up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
5. Done Changed My Way of Living
6. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Johnny Too Bad
2. Blackjack Davey
3. Big Mama
4. Cajun Waltz
5. Slave Driver
6. Why Did You Have to Desert Me?
See all 8 tracks on this disc

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Have You Ever Been On The Outside..." 29 Jan 2012
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Released 24 January 2011 (1 Feb 2011 USA) - this 3CD mini box set is part of Sony/Legacy's hugely successful and popular "Original Album Classics" series. It contains the following 3 albums in 5" card repro sleeves with original American artwork on the front and rear...

Disc 1 is "Taj Mahal" - his 1968 debut LP (Stereo Version) on Columbia CS 9579 in the USA and Direction S 8-63279 in the UK (33:00 minutes)

Disc 2 is "The Natch'l Blues" - his 2nd LP from February 1969 LP on Columbia CS 9698 in the USA and Direction S 8-63397 in the UK (49:03 minutes)
Note tracks 10, 11 and 12 are Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks which first appeared on the 2000 CD reissue

Disc 3 is "Mo' Roots" - 1974 LP on Columbia KC 33051 in the USA and CBS S 80346 in the UK (33:43 minutes)

At first glance - this release seems like a steal at just under seven quid (nine bucks) - but there's 'both' really good and really bad on here. Let's get to the good first...

The debut album is the stuff of Blues-Rock legend - an absolute gem. The band consists of guitarists Ry Cooder (credited as Ryland P Cooder) and Jesse Edwin Davis with veterans James Thomas on Bass and Charles Blackwell on Drums. Taj sang all the tunes and mainly stuck to harp playing except on the brilliant 8-minutes of "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" where he puts in some great slide-guitar work. Niggles - the original album was also issued in MONO - and as you can see from the playing time provided above - it could easily have been fit on here as a first - but alas. I would also love to one day see a LEGACY DOUBLE DELUXE of this fantastic debut - there must be some outakes in storage somewhere - and live sets with that stellar band...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Good Value 4 April 2011
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Taj Mahal is a roots music provider that has quietly assembled an impressive body of work over this last forty years or so. Before making his self-titled solo debut album (one third of this set), he was in the band The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder and Randy California (later of Spirit). This three-disc set, in Sony's 'Original Album Classics' - three albums in miniature lp sleeve repros, housed in a reasonably sturdy slipcase, is ridiculously good value for money. The debut album is bluesy delight from start to finish, with a cracking band, and Taj in fine voice throughout, whilst 'The Natch'l Blues' and 'Mo Roots' see him building and enhancing his musical base with skill and flair. This set is simply too good to pass up - it's wonderful, timelessly feelgood music, and inexpensive too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dust my Broom 3 Nov 2013
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Three blues classics in one very cheap set, yes the packaging is minimal and the covers virtually impossible to read due to the print size, but for the price a great start to a Taj Mahal collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you ain't got the blues, you ain't got nuttin. 26 April 2013
By rsc1104
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
taj mahal first album is worth the money on its own - absolute bargain!! good delivery and price too - if you like blues, this is a must!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Have You Ever Been On The Outside..." 29 Jan 2012
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Released 24 January 2011 in the UK (1 Feb 2011 USA) - this 3CD mini box set is part of Sony/Legacy's hugely successful and popular "Original Album Classics" series. It contains the following 3 albums in 5" card repro sleeves with original American artwork on the front and rear...

Disc 1 is "Taj Mahal" - his 1968 debut LP (Stereo Version) on Columbia CS 9579 in the USA and Direction S 8-63279 in the UK (33:00 minutes)

Disc 2 is "The Natch'l Blues" - his 2nd LP from February 1969 LP on Columbia CS 9698 in the USA and Direction S 8-63397 in the UK (49:03 minutes)
Note tracks 10, 11 and 12 are Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks which first appeared on the 2000 CD reissue

Disc 3 is "Mo' Roots" - 1974 LP on Columbia KC 33051 in the USA and CBS S 80346 in the UK (33:43 minutes)

At first glance - this release seems like a steal at just under seven quid (nine bucks) - but there's 'both' really good and really bad on here. Let's get to the good first...

The debut album is the stuff of Blues-Rock legend - an absolute gem. The band consists of guitarists Ry Cooder (credited as Ryland P Cooder) and Jesse Edwin Davis with veterans James Thomas on Bass and Charles Blackwell on Drums. Taj sang all the tunes and mainly stuck to harp playing except on the brilliant 8-minutes of "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" where he puts in some great slide-guitar work. Niggles - the original album was also issued in MONO - and as you can see from the playing time provided above - it could easily have been fit on here as a first - but alas. I would also love to one day see a LEGACY DOUBLE DELUXE of this fantastic debut - there must be some outakes in storage somewhere - and live sets with that stellar band...

The follow up "The Natch'l Blues" was more of the same up-tempo boogie (and his first LP to chart in the USA). Again it featured Jesse Edwin Davis (had his own albums on Atco by now) but also brought in Al Kooper on Piano. Produced by Bruce Robinson, the record featured great funky blues rhythms like "Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue" - sounding not unlike Shuggie Otis on his wonderful debut "Here Comes..." (see separate review for that 3CD box set). The 3 bonus tracks are shockingly good too - especially the Fleetwood Mac 1st album feel to "New Stranger Blues" (lyrics above).

Both album one and two were remastered before for the 'Rewind' series and sound great - really full of life and presence.

But the side is let down badly by the "Mo' Roots" set - a real dog and wildly out of place here. It was also badly produced for 1974 - very dull and lifeless sounding - and I'm afraid this supposed remaster has done nothing for it. Tracks like "Slave Driver" with its cod-reggae rhythms sounds like poor man's Bob Marley and The Wailers. A better inclusion would have been the 1969 2LP set "Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home" which continued on convincingly from the first two records. It's also a single CD that fitted the entire double on it - so it would have been ideal here - and made this box a must buy.

Like the Shuggie Otis, Muddy Waters and Fleetwood Mac 3CD sets in this cool little series - this box set of great Blues Rock is stunning value for money. But this Taj Mahal addition is docked a star for that turkey 3rd disc. To sum up - a good release then, but it's a damn shame Sony didn't apply some imagination here, because it could have been a truly great one...

PS: 01/02/2010 saw the introduction of THREE DISC SETS in the "Original Album Classics" Series (there are 5CD sets also) and releases are ongoing.
Here is a list of the '3CD' sets to January 2012...

1. ADAM & THE ANTS (26/09/2011)
[Dirk Wears White Sox/Kings Of The Wild Frontier/Prince Charming]
2. AMERIE (01/02/2010)
(All I Have/Touch/Because I Love It)
3. ANATHEMA (26/09/2011)
[Judgement/A Fine Day To Exit/A Natural Disaster]
4. BLONDIE (26/09/2011)
[No Exit/Livid/The Curse Of Blondie]
5. COLIN BLUNSTONE (26/07/2010)
[One Year/Ennismore/Journey]
6. DAVID BOWIE (09/01/2012)
[Outside/Earthling/Hours...]
7. JOHNNY CASH (09/01/2012)
[Hello, I'm Johnny Cash/The Johnny Cash Show/Man In Black]
8. CLANNAD (24/01/2011)
[Magical Ring/Macalla/Sirius]
9. SHAWN COLVIN (08/02/2010)
[Steady On/Fat City/Cover Girl]
10. ALICE COOPER (26/09/2011)
[Trash/Hey Stoopid/The Last Temptation]
11. MILES DAVIS (26/07/2010)
[Nefertiti/Socerer/Filles De Kilimanjaro]
12. DEEP PURPLE (26/09/2011)
[Slaves And Masters/The Battle Rages On/Purpendicular]
13. DONOVAN (22/07/2010)
[Mellow Yellow/Hurdy Gurdy Man/Barabajagal]
14. BOB DYLAN (26/07/2010)
[Empire Burlesque/Down In The Groove/Under The Red Sky]
15. BOB DYLAN (09/01/2012)
[Good As I Been To You/World Gone Wrong/MTV Unplugged]
16. EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (28/03/2011)
[Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970/Live At The Royal Albert Hall/Live In Poland]
17. AGNETHA FALTSKOG [FRIDA of ABBA] (01/02/2010)
[Agnetha Faltskog/Nar En Vacker Tanke Blirsang/Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus]
18. (PETER GREEN'S) FLEETWOOD MAC (01/02/2010)
[Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful/The Pious Bird of Good Omen - The Original UK Album Track Lists - No Extras]
19. ARETHA FRANKLYN (01/02/2010)
[The Electrifying/The Tender The Moving The Swinging/Soul Sister]
20. THE JEFF HEALEY BAND (09/01/2012)
[See The Light/Hell To Pay/Feel This]
21. JAPAN (28/03/2011)
[Adolescent Sex/Obscure Alternatives/Quiet Life]
22. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (28/03/2011)
[Volunteers/Bark/Long John Silver]
23. JOURNEY (01/02/2010)
[Departure/Escape/Frontiers]
24. TAJ MAHAL (24/01/2011)
[Taj Mahal/The Natch'l Blues/Mo' Roots]
25. CHARLES MINGUS (26/07/2010)
[Mingus Ah Um/Mingus Dynasty/Tijuana Moods]
26. WILLIE NELSON (01/02/2010)
[Yesterday's Wine/Red Headed Stranger/Stardust]
27. THE ONLY ONES (09/01/2012)
[The Only Ones/Even Serpents Shine/Baby's Got A Gun]
28. SHUGGIE OTIS (09/01/2012)
[Here Comes Shuggie Otis/Freedom Flight/Inspiration Information]
29. DOLLY PARTON (8/02/2010)
[Eagle When She Flies/Slow Dancing With The Moon/White Limozeen]
30. IGGY POP (28/03/2011)
[New Values/Soldier/Party]
31. ELVIS PRESLEY (26/09/2011)
[Today/From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee/Moody Blue]
32. PRIMAL SCREAM (26/09/2011)
[Vanishing Point/Echo Dek/XTRMNTR]
33. SANTANA (08/02/2010)
[Illuminations/Oneness/The Swing of Delight]
34. SANTANA (26/09/2011)
[Havana Moon/Beyond Appearances/Spirits Dancing In The Flesh]
35. SCORPIONS (01/02/2010)
[In Trance/Virgin Killer/Taken By Force]
36. GIL SCOTT-HERON (24/01/2011)
[Real Eyes/Reflections/Moving Target]
37. SIMON and GARFUNKEL (01/02/2010)
[Sounds Of Silence/Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme/Bookends]
38. PATTI SMITH (26/07/2010)
[Gone Again/Peace And Noise/Gung Ho]
39. THE STRANGLERS (28/03/2011)
[Feline/Aural Sculpture/Dreamtime]
40. TOTO (08/02/2010)
[Toto/Hydra/Turn Back]
41. LUTHER VANDROSS (01/02/2010)
(Never Too Much/Give Me The Reason/The Power of Love)
42. VANGELIS (26/09/2011)
[Heaven And Hell/Albedo 0.39/Spiral]
43. THE WALKER BROTHERS (01/02/2010)
[No Regrets/Lines/Nite Flights]
44. MUDDY WATERS (24/01/2011)
[Hard Again/I'm Ready/King Bee]
45. BOBBY WOMACK (09/01/2012)
[Home Is Where The Heart Is/Pieces/Roads Of Life]
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Package 6 Mar 2012
By Tamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one terrific boxed set. CD versions of three of Taj Mahal's great LP's. In fact, the package is a hard box case with three replicated LP's inside. Featuring faithfully duplicated LP covers, front & back, true, right down to the teeny-tiny print. These are are great way to re-collect those LP's you love.

For music quality, I found all three "LP's" just excellent. For folks like myself trying to re-buy their LP collection in CD format, Classic Album Sets like these are just the best. Quite simply, a great way to get the original material, plus the "bonus" cd cuts in a neat, compact and cost-effective package.

It's a win-win-win situation. Great music, at a great price, and in a fun format, a truly affordable boxed set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kind of odd mix, but all good albums 24 May 2013
By wilmeland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Really a good deal. However,stylistically quite different. Thought it was strange that one reviewer panned the Mo Roots album, calling it a dog. It is really an excellent album, just much different style of music. Look at the reviews for the album Mo Roots by itself and you can see it rates a 4.9 - kind of somethng more than a dog, I'd say. Production is good for the year and it's a really good effort by Taj in my opinion. Anyway, bottom line is all 3 abums here are fine and the set is a deal.
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