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In Progress & In Motion: 1965-1998

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Taj Mahal 10/13/1998

Review

For being a nearly omnipresent figure, Taj Mahal has never quite gotten the respect he's deserved. At the beginning of his career, he earned a significant amount of attention, but as the years passed, he had woven himself into the fabric of blues culture so well that his presence was taken for granted. That is why the 1998 release of In Progress & in Motion: 1965-1998 was so welcome. Spanning three discs and over three decades, the box set accurately summarizes Mahal's career and makes a convincing case for his talents as a roots synthesist. Dedicated fans may notice a favorite or two missing, but they'll be pleased by the 15 unreleased tracks, including two songs intended for his debut album. There are a number of other rarities for the dedicated here, including several unheard live cuts, material from his early group the Rising Sons, and his entire contribution to the Rolling Stones' legendary Rock and Roll Circus. Even with this plethora of rarities, In Progress & in Motion is primarily for fans who want a solid, comprehensive summary of Mahal's achievements without delving into the particular records, especially since it chooses its songs judiciously, concentrating on his groundbreaking late-'60s/early-'70s work. Indeed, much of his post-Columbia/CBS recordings are quickly recounted on the third disc, but that isn't a problem -- the first two discs show how Mahal created his own sound; the third shows how he maintained it. By balancing the music this way, Mahal and his partner, Lawrence Cohn, have created a representative, enlightening retrospective that is appealing to casual and hardcore fans alike. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond Taj Mahal 6:16
  3. 2 Corrina Taj Mahal 4:26
  4. 3 Checkin' Up on My Baby Taj Mahal 5:37
  5. 4 Leaving Trunk Taj Mahal 6:24
  6. 5 Buck Dancer's Choice Taj Mahal 3:10
  7. 6 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue Taj Mahal 3:32
  8. 7 She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride) Taj Mahal 3:26
  9. 8 Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie Anymo' Taj Mahal 1:1
  10. 9 Stagger Lee Taj Mahal 3:18
  11. 10 Built for Comfort Taj Mahal 4:43
  12. 11 Natural Man Taj Mahal 4:27
  13. 12 Railroad Bill Taj Mahal 2:33
  14. 13 Texas Woman Blues Taj Mahal 2:54
  15. 14 Early in the Morning Taj Mahal 4:56
  16. 15 Dust My Broom Taj Mahal 4:28
  17. 16 Blind Boy Rag Taj Mahal 4:7
  18. 1 Oh, Susannah Taj Mahal 2:57
  19. 2 Cakewalk into Town Taj Mahal 2:29
  20. 3 Fishin' Blues Taj Mahal 3:15
  21. 4 Nobody's Business But My Own Taj Mahal 3:27
  22. 5 Sweet Mama Janisse Taj Mahal 3:32
  23. 6 Little Red Hen Blues Taj Mahal 4:54
  24. 7 Mary Don't You Weep Taj Mahal 2:37
  25. 8 Sweet Home Chicago Taj Mahal 3:15
  26. 9 Frankie and Albert Taj Mahal 3:57
  27. 10 M'Banjo Taj Mahal 3:17
  28. 11 Statesboro Blues [Take 2] Taj Mahal 2:24
  29. 12 Bye & Bye Taj Mahal 3:30
  30. 13 Six Days on the Road Taj Mahal 2:59
  31. 14 We Gonna Rock Taj Mahal 5:52
  32. 15 Ain't It Funky Now Taj Mahal 2:43
  33. 16 Tom & Sally Drake Taj Mahal 3:40
  34. 17 Fishin' Blues Taj Mahal 3:12
  35. 18 Blues with a Feeling Taj Mahal 4:12
  36. 19 Freight Train Taj Mahal 3:18
  37. 1 When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul Taj Mahal 3:7
  38. 2 West Indian Revelation Taj Mahal 6:5
  39. 3 Eighteen Hammers Taj Mahal 3:31
  40. 4 Johnny Too Bad Taj Mahal 3:13
  41. 5 Slave Driver Taj Mahal 2:35
  42. 6 Clara (St. Kitts Woman) Taj Mahal 4:14
  43. 7 Do I Love Her Taj Mahal 4:2
  44. 8 Everybody Is Somebody Taj Mahal 3:29
  45. 9 But I Rode Some Taj Mahal 2:25
  46. 10 Crossing Taj Mahal 2:33
  47. 11 Sentidos Dulce (Sweet Feelings) Taj Mahal 3:6
  48. 12 The Most Recent Evolution of Muthafusticus Modernusticus Taj Mahal 3:21
  49. 13 Curry Taj Mahal 3:33
  50. 14 Follow the Drinking Gourd Taj Mahal 2:39
  51. 15 The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) Taj Mahal 3:34
  52. 16 Little Brown Dog Taj Mahal 4:14
  53. 17 Señor Blues Taj Mahal 3:41
  54. 18 Ain't That a Lot of Love Taj Mahal 3:58
  55. 19 Take a Giant Step Taj Mahal 4:16

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