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Blues in the raw.,
This review is from: Natch'l Blues, the (Audio CD)
I first heard this album when I was a teenager in the '70s. I loved it then and I love it now, never tiring of the fabulous collection of songs it contains.
Taj Mahal has continued to record up to the present day but for me this album is the best. The presentation is simple but always effective and the melodies keep driving along up to what used to be the climax - Ain't That A Lot Of Love - before the bonus tracks were added in the later releases.
It is one of those albums where I just find it impossible to pick a favorite track because each time I listen it could be a different one. This album, in that respect, could definitely be called a grower. Tracks like She Caught The Katy And Left Me The Mule To Ride just seem to get better and better as does The Cuckoo.
If you like your blues uncomplicated and presented in a straightforward , almost naive way then this album could be for you. If you want something a little more sophisticated then look to his later work. Me, I know which I prefer.