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5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Mahal, wonder of the world
Can`t believe I`m the first (at least on this side of the Atlantic) to review this magnificent album by one of the most eclectic, mischievous singers of soul-blues, and all-round ambassadors for great roots music.
This 52-minute thirteen-track album from 1997 opens with one of the most joyous performances I have ever heard of any kind of song anywhere. Queen Bee is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars senor has a bad day
I bought this album because it had won a Grammy and I won't be doing that again . It starts with the tremendous syncopation of Queen Bee and then runs downhill at an alarming rate of knots . I can see no point in Taj doing Horace Silver when I can go to my shelves and have Horace on his own or Robert Cray on his own and have much more fun either way . Disappointing and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Mahal, wonder of the world, 21 Sep 2013
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Senor Blues (Audio CD)
Can`t believe I`m the first (at least on this side of the Atlantic) to review this magnificent album by one of the most eclectic, mischievous singers of soul-blues, and all-round ambassadors for great roots music.
This 52-minute thirteen-track album from 1997 opens with one of the most joyous performances I have ever heard of any kind of song anywhere. Queen Bee is nearly five minutes of quintessential Taj Mahal - roguishly gruff, bluesy, melodic, soulful as ever, emotionally open, in short a stone delight. The arrangement - especially the splendidly jaunty stop-start percussion! -sparkles and taps its musical toes so infectiously I can imagine it has induced many a wallflower onto the world`s dance-floors.
I`m damned if I`m going to go through every track, and anyway, there`s no need: this is uplifting, joyful, soulful, ultimately unclassifiable music that would cause a corpse to get up and do the bop!
Alright, a few highlights:
Irresistible You simmers and sizzles, and has a killer sax solo.
Think is a righteously good cover of a soul classic.
Having A Real Bad Day a slow none-too-serious litany of complaints from Taj about the less than acceptable day he`s having to endure (along with a fine piano solo).
21st Century Gypsy Singin` Lover Man is as enjoyable as it sounds, and he finishes with a short and sweet cover of Otis`s tremendous Mr Pitiful.
Who wouldn`t love Taj Mahal! This is a great record. It fits most moods, would wake you up in the morning or soothe you at night, would complement your lovemaking, or be just the ticket afterwards...

Massively recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars senor has a bad day, 13 July 2014
This review is from: Senor Blues (Audio CD)
I bought this album because it had won a Grammy and I won't be doing that again . It starts with the tremendous syncopation of Queen Bee and then runs downhill at an alarming rate of knots . I can see no point in Taj doing Horace Silver when I can go to my shelves and have Horace on his own or Robert Cray on his own and have much more fun either way . Disappointing and not a patch on his earlier stuff .
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