Taj Mahal was born (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks- May 17, 1942) in Harlem in New York City, but grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a jazz pianist/composer/arranger of Jamaican descent, while his mother was a schoolteacher from South Carolina who sang gospel. In the early 1960s he studied agriculture and animal husbandry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated in 1964. (The same university also gave him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2006.) While there he formed Taj Mahal & the Elektras; using a stage name of the Taj Mahal was inspired by a dream. After college, he moved to Los Angeles and formed the group Rising Sons with Ry Cooder in 1964. The group signed with Columbia Records and released one single and recorded another album which was not released by Columbia until 1992. Taj, frustrated with the mixed reaction to his music quit the group and went solo. His music blends various sources: blues, reggae, Cajun, gospel, bluegrass, Hawaiian (in fact, Taj lived for many years on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i), African and Caribbean musical traditions. While keeping true to their roots, he adds his own special touch. He also plays an assortment of musical instruments. He has received two Grammy Awards in the category Best Contemporary Blues Album, the first in 1997 for Señor Blues, and again in 2000 for Shoutin' In Key. On February 8, 2006, Taj Mahal was designated the "official Blues Artist" of Massachusetts by Chapter 19 of the Acts of 2006.
Taj Mahal (1968)
Taj Mahal is the debut solo album by the American Blues musician Taj Mahal.
Most Blues players were changing their sound towards psychedelia. Taj Mahal recovers the old Blues sounds, but brings them in tune with the 60's rock era.
"Checkin' up on My Baby"
"Everybody's Got to Change Sometime"
"Dust My Broom"
"Diving Duck Blues"
"The Celebrated Walkin' Blues"
- Taj Mahal - Guitar, Harp, Vocals, Slide Guitar
- Ry Cooder - Guitar
- James Thomas - Bass
- Sanford Konikoff - Drums
- Jesse Ed Davis - Lead Guitar
Media info: mp3 @ 256 kbps
On his self-titled debut album Taj Mahal honors the sound of the Delta masters with his driving National steel guitar and hard vocal shout, but melds in elements of rock and country with the help of guitarists Ry Cooder and the late Jessie Ed Davis. This approach is reinforced and broadened by The Natch'l Blues. What's most striking is Mahal's way of making even the oldest themes sound as if they're part of a new era.
1. "Good Morning Miss Brown"
3. "I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll"
4. "Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue"
5. "Done Changed My Way Of Living"
6. "She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride"
7. "The Cuckoo"
8. "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)"
9. "Ain't That A Lot Of Love"
Taj Mahal – National steel guitar, vocals
Ry Cooder – guitar
Jessie Ed Davis - guitar, organ
Medio info: mp3 @ 320 kbps
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home is Taj Mahal's third solo album recorded in 1969. The title song, Giant Step is his most recognizable hit, originally written by Carole King. Giant Step is electric, while De Ole Folks at Home is acoustic.
1. "Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie No More" (Mahal, J. Davis)
2. "Take a Giant Step" (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
3. "Give Your Woman What She Wants" (Mahal, Joel Hirschhorn)
4. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson)
5. "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" (Blind Willie Johnson)
6. "Six Days on the Road" (Dave Dudley, Carl Montgomery, Earl Green)
7. "Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me)" (Mahal)
8. "Keep Your Hands Off Her" (Huddie Ledbetter)
9. "Bacon Fat" (Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson)
De Ole Folks at Home
1. "Linin' Track" (Huddie Ledbetter)
2. "Country Blues No. 1" (Mahal, Jesse Ed Davis)
3. "Wild Ox Moan" (Vera Hall, Ruby Pickens Tartt)
4. "Light Rain Blues" (Mahal)
5. "Little Soulful Tune" (Mahal)
6. "Candy Man" (Rev. Gary Davis)
7. "Cluck Old Hen" (Traditional)
8. "Colored Aristocracy" (Traditional)
9. "Blind Boy Rag" (Mahal)
10. "Stagger Lee" (Traditional)
11. "Cajun Tune" (Mahal)
12. "Fishin' Blues" (Mahal)
13. "Annie's Lover" (Traditional)
• Taj Mahal - vocals, harmonica, banjo, Mississippi national steel-bodied guitar
• Jesse Ed Davis - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ
• Gary Gilmore - electric bass
• Chuck Blackwell - drums
De Ole Folks at Home
• Taj Mahal - vocals, harmonica, guitar, banjo, jive
Media info: mp3 @ 320 kbps
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