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The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

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Taj Mahal 25//2013

Review

Decades before Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Keb' Mo' wed the Delta blues to various folk forms, there was Taj Mahal. Almost from the very beginning, Mahal provided audiences with connections to a plethora of blues styles. Further, he offered hard evidence connecting American blues to folk styles from other nations, particularly, but not limited to, those from the West Indies and various African countries, bridging gaps, highlighting similarities, and establishing links between many experiences of the African diaspora. The ground floor of all of it lies in the recordings he made for Columbia Records. The Complete Columbia Albums Collection is massive; it contains 16 discs. Sony reissued some of Mahal's recordings in expanded editions in the early part of the century, but this set includes them all. In addition to the 11 albums he cut between 1968 and 1976, are two more: The Rising Sun Collection -- from the band featuring Mahal and Ry Cooder that cut tracks between 1965 and 1966; 2012's The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal, that contains a live disc from a Royal Albert Hall concert from 1970, and another with a series of rare cuts recorded between 1969 and 1973. The bonus tracks contained on previous editions have been preserved here. In the case of the live Fillmore recording, The Real Thing, where "You Ain’t No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff" had been edited for CD by over six minutes, the nearly 19-minute album version has been restored. Each album is packaged in its own mini LP sleeve -- the doubles are preserved as such, the sound is rich, warm, and natural, and complete discographical information is supplied in the booklet. In this part of the 21st century it is easy to hear Mahal's internationalist strategy at work, but this wasn't always so. Mahal's blues weren't so well-received by some critics: they considered him to be a revival act at best, and at worst, a man who employed negative stereotypes in black music from the early part of the 20th century. Obviously they were wrong: the albums were the initial proof, and his live shows cemented the truth globally. Mahal's music has always been part of a much larger world view; he weathered the ignorant criticism until his view was understood and embraced by the culture at large. Taken as a whole, this set offers a welcome, even necessary hearing of genius at work. Mahal is one of the most important musicians to come down the pipe in 100 years, and The Complete Columbia Albums Collection proves it. The price for a set of this size is actually a bargain, to boot. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Statesboro Blues Taj Mahal 2:25
  3. 2 If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues) Taj Mahal 2:42
  4. 3 By and By (Poor Me) Taj Mahal 3:33
  5. 4 Candy Man Taj Mahal 2:5
  6. 5 2:10 Train Taj Mahal 4:11
  7. 6 Let the Good Times Roll Taj Mahal 2:44
  8. 7 .44 Blues Taj Mahal 3:24
  9. 8 11th Street Overcrossing Taj Mahal 2:13
  10. 9 Corrin, Corinna Taj Mahal 2:57
  11. 10 Tulsa County Taj Mahal 2:43
  12. 11 Walkin' Down the Line Taj Mahal 2:15
  13. 12 The Girl with Green Eyes Taj Mahal 2:15
  14. 13 Sunny's Dream Taj Mahal 3:2
  15. 14 Spanish Lace Blues Taj Mahal 2:14
  16. 15 The Devil's Got My Woman Taj Mahal 3:6
  17. 16 Take a Giant Step Taj Mahal 2:55
  18. 17 Flyin' So High Taj Mahal 3:6
  19. 18 Dust My Broom Taj Mahal 3:5
  20. 19 Last Fair Deal Gone Down Taj Mahal 2:39
  21. 20 Baby, What You Want Me to Do? Taj Mahal 2:56
  22. 21 Statesboro Blues [Version 2] Taj Mahal 2:25
  23. 22 I Got a Little Taj Mahal 3:22
  24. 1 Leaving Trunk Taj Mahal 4:50
  25. 2 Statesboro Blues Taj Mahal 2:59
  26. 3 Checkin' Up on My Baby Taj Mahal 4:54
  27. 4 Everybody's Got to Change Sometime Taj Mahal 2:57
  28. 5 E Z Rider Taj Mahal 3:4
  29. 6 Dust My Broom Taj Mahal 2:39
  30. 7 Diving Duck Blues Taj Mahal 2:42
  31. 8 The Celebrated Walkin' Blues Taj Mahal 8:51
  32. 1 Good Morning Miss Brown Taj Mahal 3:16
  33. 2 Corinna Taj Mahal 3:3
  34. 3 I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll Taj Mahal 3:14
  35. 4 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue Taj Mahal 3:38
  36. 5 Done Changed My Way of Living Taj Mahal 7:4
  37. 6 She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride Taj Mahal 3:30
  38. 7 The Cuckoo Taj Mahal 4:16
  39. 8 You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry) Taj Mahal 4:26
  40. 9 Ain't That a Lot of Love Taj Mahal 4:11
  41. 10 The Cuckoo [Alternate Version] Taj Mahal 3:21
  42. 11 New Strange Blues Taj Mahal 5:41
  43. 12 Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine Taj Mahal 3:17
  44. 1 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') Taj Mahal 1:3
  45. 2 Take a Giant Step Taj Mahal 4:18
  46. 3 Give Your Woman What She Wants [From the Motion Picture the April Fools] Taj Mahal 2:32
  47. 4 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Taj Mahal 3:46
  48. 5 You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond Taj Mahal 4:58
  49. 6 Six Days on the Road Taj Mahal 3:2
  50. 7 Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me) Taj Mahal 4:40
  51. 8 Keep Your Hands Off Her Taj Mahal 2:16
  52. 9 Bacon Fat Taj Mahal 6:42
  53. 1 Linin' Track Taj Mahal 1:42
  54. 2 Country Blues #1 Taj Mahal 2:39
  55. 3 Wild Ox Moan Taj Mahal 2:48
  56. 4 Light Rain Blues Taj Mahal 3:23
  57. 5 A Littel Soulful Tune Taj Mahal 2:40
  58. 6 Candy Man Taj Mahal 2:57
  59. 7 Cluck Old Hen Taj Mahal 2:33
  60. 8 Colored Aristocracy Taj Mahal 2:7
  61. 9 Blind Boy Rag Taj Mahal 4:14
  62. 10 Stagger Lee Taj Mahal 3:26
  63. 11 Cajun Tune Taj Mahal 1:59
  64. 12 Fishin' Blues Taj Mahal 3:10
  65. 13 Annie's Lover Taj Mahal 3:33
  66. 1 Fishin' Blues Taj Mahal 2:57
  67. 2 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') Taj Mahal 9:11
  68. 3 Sweet Mama Janisse Taj Mahal 3:32
  69. 4 Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue Taj Mahal 3:24
  70. 5 Big Kneed Gal Taj Mahal 5:34
  71. 6 You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond Taj Mahal 6:13
  72. 7 Tom and Sally Drake Taj Mahal 3:39
  73. 8 Diving Duck Blues Taj Mahal 3:46
  74. 9 John, Ain't It Hard Taj Mahal 5:30
  75. 10 You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff Taj Mahal 4:8
  76. 11 [Untitled] Taj Mahal 18:56
  77. 1 Happy Just to Be Like I Am Taj Mahal 3:51
  78. 2 Stealin' Taj Mahal 7:0
  79. 3 Oh Susanna Taj Mahal 5:20
  80. 4 Eighteen Hammers Taj Mahal 5:46
  81. 5 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day Taj Mahal 4:16
  82. 6 Chevrolet Taj Mahal 2:45
  83. 7 West Indian Revelation Taj Mahal 6:9
  84. 8 Black Spirit Boogie Taj Mahal 7:8
  85. 1 Conch: Introduction Taj Mahal 1:8
  86. 2 Kalimba Taj Mahal 2:2
  87. 3 Bound to Love Me Some Taj Mahal 5:11
  88. 4 Ricochet Taj Mahal 4:46
  89. 5 A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out of Your Soul) Taj Mahal 3:57
  90. 6 Corinna Taj Mahal 3:11
  91. 7 Conch: Close Taj Mahal 0:33
  92. 8 Cakewalk Into Town Taj Mahal 2:34
  93. 9 Sweet Home Chicago Taj Mahal 6:41
  94. 10 Texas Woman Blues Taj Mahal 2:54
  95. 11 Gitano Negro Taj Mahal 8:29
  96. 1 Needed Time Taj Mahal 2:53
  97. 2 Sounder Chase a Coon Taj Mahal 3:24
  98. 3 Needed Time (Hummin' and Pickin') Taj Mahal 1:26
  99. 4 Morning Work/N' Meat's on the Stove Taj Mahal 1:45
  100. 5 I'm Running and I'm Happy Taj Mahal 0:57
  101. 6 Speedball Taj Mahal 1:42
  102. 7 Goin' to the Country/Critters in the Woods Taj Mahal 1:48
  103. 8 Motherless Children (Hummin') Taj Mahal 1:21
  104. 9 Jailhouse Blues Taj Mahal 4:0
  105. 10 Just Workin' Taj Mahal 0:35
  106. 11 Harriet's Dance Song Taj Mahal 0:33
  107. 12 Two Spirits Reunited Taj Mahal 1:54
  108. 13 David Runs Again Taj Mahal 0:29
  109. 14 Curiosity Blues Taj Mahal 1:1
  110. 15 Someday Be a Change Taj Mahal 1:2
  111. 16 Horseshoes Taj Mahal 1:59
  112. 17 Cheraw Taj Mahal 2:22
  113. 18 David's Dream Taj Mahal 1:2
  114. 19 Needed Time [Guitar] Taj Mahal 2:29
  115. 20 Needed Time [Banjo and Handclapping] Taj Mahal 2:21
  116. 1 Buck Dancer's Choice Taj Mahal 3:10
  117. 2 Little Red Hen Taj Mahal 3:50
  118. 3 Oh Mama Don't You Know Taj Mahal 6:8
  119. 4 Frankie and Albert Taj Mahal 4:0
  120. 5 Railroad Bill Taj Mahal 2:48
  121. 6 Dust My Broom Taj Mahal 4:29
  122. 7 Built for Comfort Taj Mahal 4:58
  123. 8 Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune Taj Mahal 4:20
  124. 1 Johnny Too Bad Taj Mahal 3:17
  125. 2 Blackjack Davey Taj Mahal 3:44
  126. 3 Big Mama Taj Mahal 4:42
  127. 4 Cajun Waltz Taj Mahal 6:3
  128. 5 Slave Driver Taj Mahal 2:44
  129. 6 Why Did You Have to Desert Me? Taj Mahal 5:54
  130. 7 Desperate Lover Taj Mahal 2:46
  131. 8 Clara (St. Kitts Woman) Taj Mahal 4:34
  132. 1 Music Keeps Me Together Taj Mahal 3:39
  133. 2 When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul Taj Mahal 3:8
  134. 3 Dear Ladies Taj Mahal 6:5
  135. 4 Aristocracy Taj Mahal 2:30
  136. 5 Further on Down the Road Taj Mahal 3:25
  137. 6 Roll, Turn, Spin Taj Mahal 4:47
  138. 7 West Indian Revelation Taj Mahal 6:58
  139. 8 My Ancestors Taj Mahal 4:6
  140. 9 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man Taj Mahal 3:43
  141. 10 Why?...And We Repeat Why?...And We Repeat! Taj Mahal 7:13
  142. 1 Satisfied 'N Tickled Too Taj Mahal 5:28
  143. 2 New E-Z Rider Blues Taj Mahal 4:8
  144. 3 Black Man, Brown Man Taj Mahal 4:5
  145. 4 Baby Love Taj Mahal 8:58
  146. 5 Ain't Nobody's Business Taj Mahal 2:44
  147. 6 Misty Morning Ride Taj Mahal 3:18
  148. 7 Easy to Love Taj Mahal 3:36
  149. 8 Old Time Song-Old Time Love Taj Mahal 3:42
  150. 9 We Tune Taj Mahal 3:9
  151. 1 Chainey Do Taj Mahal 3:39
  152. 2 Sweet Mama Janisse Taj Mahal 3:42
  153. 3 Yan-Nah Mama-Loo Taj Mahal 6:9
  154. 4 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day Taj Mahal 5:1
  155. 5 I Pity the Poor Immigrant Taj Mahal 8:10
  156. 6 Jacob's Ladder Taj Mahal 4:1
  157. 7 Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') Taj Mahal 7:23
  158. 8 Sweet Mama Janisse Taj Mahal 3:31
  159. 9 You Ain't No Streetwalker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff Taj Mahal 16:5
  160. 10 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Taj Mahal 7:25
  161. 11 Shady Grove Taj Mahal 9:27
  162. 12 Butter Taj Mahal 2:47
  163. 1 Runnin' by the Riverside Taj Mahal 2:52
  164. 2 John, Ain't It Hard Taj Mahal 5:24
  165. 3 Band Introduction Taj Mahal 0:34
  166. 4 Sweet Mama Janisse Taj Mahal 4:33
  167. 5 Big Fat Taj Mahal 7:32
  168. 6 Diving Duck Blues Taj Mahal 2:50
  169. 7 Checkin' Up on My Baby Taj Mahal 6:20
  170. 8 Oh Susanna Taj Mahal 10:22
  171. 9 Bacon Fat Taj Mahal 8:20
  172. 10 Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day Taj Mahal 4:56

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