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"Taj Mahal" is a celebration of the history of blues.,
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This review is from: Taj Mahal (Audio CD)
Taj Mahal began his solo career with this eponymous debut which is still regarded by many as his best work. The album contains material from Sleepy John Estes (Divin' Duck Blues), Blind Willie Mctell (Statesboro' Blues) and Robert Johnson (Dust My Broom), and basically pays homage to the blues of the Mississippi Delta and the Deep South. Mahal himself plays harp on the album and although he developed into a fairly accomplished guitarist in later years it is unlikely he would have been able to match the talents of Jesse Ed Davis, (who later went on to work with John Lennon,amongst others), and Ry Cooder, the formidable young slide player who of course achieved his own success as a solo artist. The highlight of the album, for me anyway, is the final track, here titled "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues". This is an old delta theme, performed, and in some cases recorded, by bluesmen from Son House, through Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. The lyrics may vary but the format remains the same and will be familiar to anyone with an interest in pre war blues. This version completes an album which is lovingly recorded by an artist who has total empathy with the blues. CHRIS TODD, BOLTON.