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Blues with a Feeling: The Very Best of Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal 9/23/2003

Review

Throughout his career, Taj Mahal has always been considered a bluesman, which is true enough, since the basis for everything he does has been the country blues, but he is not a traditionalist at heart, and he has always looked for ways to push the blues into new places and shapes. Adding at times rhythms and sensibilities that are drawn from reggae, ragtime, calypso, zydeco, and other genres, Mahal practices a kind of blues hybrid that is his alone, and he has been a huge influence on newer artists like Chris Thomas King and Corey Harris. This collection derives from the five albums he recorded with Private Records during the 1990s, and overlaps somewhat with The Best of the Private Years, released in 2000. Highlights include his version of Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue," a bebop blues take on Horace Silver's "Señor Blues," and an atmospheric reading of Goffin & King's "Take a Giant Step." Among the most interesting tracks here are the ones penned by Taj Mahal himself ("Mailbox Blues," "Cakewalk into Town," "New Hula Blues"), each of which demonstrates aptly the singer's melting-pot approach to the blues. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Señor Blues Taj Mahal 6:43
  3. 2 Don't Call Us Taj Mahal 4:18
  4. 3 (You've Got To) Love Her With a Feeling Taj Mahal 3:45
  5. 4 Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes Taj Mahal 2:37
  6. 5 Betty and Dupree Taj Mahal 6:1
  7. 6 Here in the Dark Taj Mahal 3:7
  8. 7 That's How Strong My Love Is Taj Mahal 3:8
  9. 8 Lonely Avenue Taj Mahal 3:26
  10. 9 Mockingbird Taj Mahal 3:58
  11. 10 Mailbox Blues Taj Mahal 3:32
  12. 11 Think Taj Mahal 2:34
  13. 12 Sitting on Top of the World Taj Mahal 3:31
  14. 13 Mind Your Own Business Taj Mahal 2:41
  15. 14 Cakewalk into Town Taj Mahal 3:0
  16. 15 Blues With a Feeling Taj Mahal 3:51
  17. 16 Take a Giant Step Taj Mahal 4:37
  18. 17 The New Hula Blues Taj Mahal 4:45
  19. 18 The Hustle Is On Taj Mahal 2:39
  20. 19 Let the Four Winds Blow Taj Mahal 3:8
  21. 20 Blue Light Boogie Taj Mahal 4:4

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