Mahal, Taj

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Mahal, Taj - Mo' Roots Mo' Roots
Blues Used - LP KC 33051 Columbia
Mint 1974 Original In Shrink Wrap. 1A/1B Matrixes.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Oooh So Good 'N Blues Oooh So Good 'N Blues
Blues Used - LP C 32600 Columbia
1973 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. 1B/1A Stampers. Unplayed Condition.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Blues Used - LP CS 9579 Columbia
Very Hard To Find 1968 360 Stereo Original. Features Ry Cooder. 1C/1C Stampers. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. "Taj Mahal's Debut Album Was A Startling Statement In Its Time And Has Held Up Remarkably Well. Recorded In August Of 1967, It Was As Hard And Exciting A Mix Of Old And New Blues Sounds As Surfaced On Record In A Year When Even A Lot Of Veteran Blues Artists (Mostly At The Insistence Of Their Record Labels) Started Turning Toward Psychedelia. The Guitar Virtuosity, Embodied In Taj Mahal's Slide Work (Which Had The Subtlety Of A Classical Performance), Jesse Ed Davis's Lead Playing, And Rhythm Work By Ry Cooder And Bill Boatman, Is Of The Neatly Stripped-Down Variety That Was Alien To Most Records Aiming For Popular Appeal, And The Singer Himself Approached The Music With A Startling Mix Of Authenticity And Youthful Enthusiasm. The Whole Record Is A Strange And Compelling Amalgam Of Stylistic And Technical Achievements — Filled With Blues Influences Of The 1930s And 1940s, But Also Making Use Of Stereo Sound Separation And The Best Recording Technology. The Result Was Numbers Like Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues," With Textures Resembling The Mix On The Early Cream Albums, While "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" (Even With Cooder’s Animated Mandolin Weaving Its Spell On One Side Of The Stereo Mix) Has The Sound Of A Late '40s Chess Release By Muddy Waters. Blind Willie Mctell ("Statesboro Blues") And Robert Johnson ("Dust My Broom") Are Also Represented, In What Had To Be One Of The Most Quietly, Defiantly Iconoclastic Records Of 1968." Bruce Eder, AMG.... more details
 
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The Real Thing
Blues Used - LP G 30619 Columbia
2 LP Gatefold. Recorded Live At Bill Graham's Fillmore East. 1A/1A/1A/1B Stampers. Demo Sticker On Cover.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Taj Taj
Blues New - LP 8611 1 Gramavision
Sealed 1986 Original. Features Babatunde Olatunji, Jesse 'Ed' Davis, Garnett Brown, Joyce Wilson And Others. Custom Song Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Music Fuh Ya' Music Fuh Ya'
Blues New - LP BS 2994 Warner
Factory Sealed 1977 Original.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home
Blues New - LP CG 18 Columbia
Sealed 2LP Gatefold Stereo. Label Variation Unknown.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Live & Direct Live & Direct
Blues Audiophile - LP CCX 5011 Crystal Clear
Beautiful 1979 Limited Edition Direct-To-Disc. CC. Unplayed Condition.... more details
 
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Live & Direct
Blues Audiophile - LP CCX 5011 Crystal Clear
Factory Sealed, Limited Edition Direct-To-Disk Recording. 1st Sealed Copy We Have Seen In Ages. Crisp Corners, No Seam Splits.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Blues New - LP CS 9579 Columbia
Factory Sealed 360 Stereo Original. Features Ry Cooder. "Taj Mahal's Debut Album Was A Startling Statement In Its Time And Has Held Up Remarkably Well. Recorded In August Of 1967, It Was As Hard And Exciting A Mix Of Old And New Blues Sounds As Surfaced On Record In A Year When Even A Lot Of Veteran Blues Artists (Mostly At The Insistence Of Their Record Labels) Started Turning Toward Psychedelia. The Guitar Virtuosity, Embodied In Taj Mahal's Slide Work (Which Had The Subtlety Of A Classical Performance), Jesse Ed Davis's Lead Playing, And Rhythm Work By Ry Cooder And Bill Boatman, Is Of The Neatly Stripped-Down Variety That Was Alien To Most Records Aiming For Popular Appeal, And The Singer Himself Approached The Music With A Startling Mix Of Authenticity And Youthful Enthusiasm. The Whole Record Is A Strange And Compelling Amalgam Of Stylistic And Technical Achievements — Filled With Blues Influences Of The 1930s And 1940s, But Also Making Use Of Stereo Sound Separation And The Best Recording Technology. The Result Was Numbers Like Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues," With Textures Resembling The Mix On The Early Cream Albums, While "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" (Even With Cooder’s Animated Mandolin Weaving Its Spell On One Side Of The Stereo Mix) Has The Sound Of A Late '40s Chess Release By Muddy Waters. Blind Willie Mctell ("Statesboro Blues") And Robert Johnson ("Dust My Broom") Are Also Represented, In What Had To Be One Of The Most Quietly, Defiantly Iconoclastic Records Of 1968." Bruce Eder, AMG.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Taj Taj
Blues New - LP 8611 Gramavision
Sealed 1986 Original. Features Babatunde Olatunji, Jesse 'Ed' Davis, Garnett Brown, Joyce Wilson And Others.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Live & Direct Live & Direct
Blues Audiophile - LP CCX 5011 Crystal Clear
Beautiful 1979 Direct-To-Disc. LP Appears Glossy, Unplayed.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Blues Used - LP CS 9579 Columbia
Very Hard To Find 1968 360 Stereo Original. Features Ry Cooder. 1C/1C Stampers. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Jacket Has Slight Ring Wear, Hence Price. "Taj Mahal's Debut Album Was A Startling Statement In Its Time And Has Held Up Remarkably Well. Recorded In August Of 1967, It Was As Hard And Exciting A Mix Of Old And New Blues Sounds As Surfaced On Record In A Year When Even A Lot Of Veteran Blues Artists (Mostly At The Insistence Of Their Record Labels) Started Turning Toward Psychedelia. The Guitar Virtuosity, Embodied In Taj Mahal's Slide Work (Which Had The Subtlety Of A Classical Performance), Jesse Ed Davis's Lead Playing, And Rhythm Work By Ry Cooder And Bill Boatman, Is Of The Neatly Stripped-Down Variety That Was Alien To Most Records Aiming For Popular Appeal, And The Singer Himself Approached The Music With A Startling Mix Of Authenticity And Youthful Enthusiasm. The Whole Record Is A Strange And Compelling Amalgam Of Stylistic And Technical Achievements — Filled With Blues Influences Of The 1930s And 1940s, But Also Making Use Of Stereo Sound Separation And The Best Recording Technology. The Result Was Numbers Like Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues," With Textures Resembling The Mix On The Early Cream Albums, While "The Celebrated Walkin' Blues" (Even With Cooder’s Animated Mandolin Weaving Its Spell On One Side Of The Stereo Mix) Has The Sound Of A Late '40s Chess Release By Muddy Waters. Blind Willie Mctell ("Statesboro Blues") And Robert Johnson ("Dust My Broom") Are Also Represented, In What Had To Be One Of The Most Quietly, Defiantly Iconoclastic Records Of 1968." Bruce Eder, AMG.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Natch'l Blues Natch'l Blues
Blues Used - LP CS 9698 Columbia
1968 360 Stereo Original, 1B/1B Stampers. Vinyl Appears Glossy. Very Light Ring Wear On Back Cover. “Recorded In The Spring And Fall Of 1968, This Album Opens With More Stripped-Down Delta-Style Blues In The Manner Of His Debut, But Adds A Little More Amplification (Partly Courtesy Of Al Kooper On Organ) Before Moving Into Wholly Bigger Sound On Numbers Like "She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride" And "The Cuckoo" — The Latter, In Particular, Features Crunchy Electric And Acoustic Guitars And Gary Gilmore Playing His Bass Almost Like A Lead Instrument, Like A Bluesman's Answer To John Entwistle. Most Notable, However, May Be The Two Original Closing Numbers, "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)" And "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," Which Offer Taj Mahal Working In The Realm Of Soul And Treading Onto Otis Redding Territory. This Is Particularly Notable On "You Don't Miss Your Water," Which Achieves The Intensity Of A Gospel Performance And Comes Complete With A Stax/Volt-Style Horn Arrangement By Jesse Ed Davis That Sounds More Like The Real Thing Than The Real Thing. "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," By Contrast, Is Driven By A Hard Electric Guitar Sound And A Relentless Bass Part That Sounds Like A More Urgent Version Of The Bassline From The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." Bruce Eder, AMG. Top Recommendation.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Natch'l Blues Natch'l Blues
Blues New - LP CS 9698 Columbia
Factory Sealed Stereo (Label Variation Unknown, But Likely A 2nd Label). “Recorded In The Spring And Fall Of 1968, This Album Opens With More Stripped-Down Delta-Style Blues In The Manner Of His Debut, But Adds A Little More Amplification (Partly Courtesy Of Al Kooper On Organ) Before Moving Into Wholly Bigger Sound On Numbers Like "She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride" And "The Cuckoo" — The Latter, In Particular, Features Crunchy Electric And Acoustic Guitars And Gary Gilmore Playing His Bass Almost Like A Lead Instrument, Like A Bluesman's Answer To John Entwistle. Most Notable, However, May Be The Two Original Closing Numbers, "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)" And "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," Which Offer Taj Mahal Working In The Realm Of Soul And Treading Onto Otis Redding Territory. This Is Particularly Notable On "You Don't Miss Your Water," Which Achieves The Intensity Of A Gospel Performance And Comes Complete With A Stax/Volt-Style Horn Arrangement By Jesse Ed Davis That Sounds More Like The Real Thing Than The Real Thing. "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," By Contrast, Is Driven By A Hard Electric Guitar Sound And A Relentless Bass Part That Sounds Like A More Urgent Version Of The Bassline From The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." Bruce Eder, AMG. Top Recommendation.... more details
 
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Music Fuh Ya
Blues Used - LP BS 2994 Warner
1976 Test Pressing In White Jacket.... more details
 
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The Real Thing
Blues Used - LP G 30619 Columbia
Mint 1972 2LP Gatefold Original, 1A/1C/1C/1D Stampers. Recorded Live At Fillmore East.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Giant Step Giant Step
Blues New - LP GP 18 Columbia
Factory Sealed 2LP Gatefold Demo Sticker On Back Cover. Probably A 2nd Label.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Music Keeps Me Together Music Keeps Me Together
Blues New - LP PC 33801 Columbia
Sealed And Pristine 1975 Original.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Music Fuh Ya' Music Fuh Ya'
Blues Used - LP BS 2994 Warner
1977 Original. Promo Sticker On Jacket. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Brothers Brothers
Soundtrack New - LP BS 3024 Warner
Sealed 1977 Original Soundtrack, Saw Cut.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Sounder Sounder
Soundtrack Used - LP S 31944 Columbia
Mint 1972 Original Soundtrack. Features Lightnin' Hopkins.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too Satisfied 'N' Tickled Too
Blues Used - LP PC 34103 Columbia
1976 White Label Promo. LP Looks Unplayed. Radio Station Timing Strip On Front Cover.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Take Taj Take Taj
Blues Used - LP P 19967 Columbia
Rare 1987 Columbia Special Products Vinyl Featuring Previously Released Classics. 1A/1A Matrixes. Looks Unplayed And The Only Copy We Have Ever Seen!... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff
Blues Audiophile - LP 31605 Pure Pleasure
Sealed 180gm HQ Import.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Anthology Volume 1 Anthology Volume 1
Blues Used - LP PC 34466 Columbia
1977 White Label Promo.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff
Blues New - LP PC 31605 Columbia
Sealed 1972 Textured Cover Original Featuring The Pointer Sisters.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Mo' Roots Mo' Roots
Reggae New - LP KC 33051 Columbia
Sealed 1974 Original. “Mo' Roots Finds Mahal Stepping Away From The Blues, Choosing Instead To Focus On Reggae. While He Can Often Be Faulted For His All-Too-Academic Approach, With Mo' Roots He Turns In An Album That Truly Expresses His Appreciation And Connection With The Music.” AMG.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home Giant Step / De Ole Folks At Home
Blues Used - LP GP 18 Columbia
Stunning 1969 360 Stereo Label 2LP Gatefold Original. 1C/1C/1G/1D Stampers. Both LPs Appear Unplayed. “In Less Than 24 Months, Taj Mahal (Guitars/Vocals/Banjo/Harmonica) Had Issued The Equivalent Of Four Respective Long Players. The Electric Giant Step (1968) Was Released Alongside The Acoustic And Decidedly Rural De Ole Folks At Home (1968). The Nine Cuts On Giant Step Feature Support From The Instrumental Trio Of Jessie Ed Davis (Guitar/Keyboards), Gary Gilmore (Bass) And Chuck Blackwell (Drums). They Back Taj Mahal On A Wide Selection Of Covers Ranging From Carole King And Gerry Goffin's "Take A Giant Step" To The Upbeat And Soulful Reading Of The Huddie Ledbetter Blues Staple "Keep Your Hands Off Her"." The Arrangements Are Unique And Offer The Artist's Distinctive Approach. Nowhere Is This More Evident Than The Practically Jovial Mid-Tempo "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" Or The Freewheeling Abandon That Is Brought To The 18-Wheeler Anthem "Six Days On The Road," Recalling The Version Of "Ain't That A Lot Of Love" From Taj Mahal's Preceding Effort Natch'l Blues (1968). Additionally, Blind Willie Johnson's "You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond" Stands Out With A Strong And Soaring Gospel-Flavoured Score. Giant Step Concludes With "Bacon Fat," A Number Attributed Here Via Garth Hudson And Robbie Robertson Of The Band. Parties Searching For An Apt Introduction When Discovering Taj Mahal's Voluminous Catalogue Are Encouraged To Consider Giant Step As A Highly Recommended Reference Point.” Lindsay Planer, AMG.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Natch'l Blues Natch'l Blues
Blues Used - LP CS 9698 Columbia
Beautiful 2nd Label (Originally Released As A 360 Stereo). Appears Unplayed. “Recorded In The Spring And Fall Of 1968, This Album Opens With More Stripped-Down Delta-Style Blues In The Manner Of His Debut, But Adds A Little More Amplification (Partly Courtesy Of Al Kooper On Organ) Before Moving Into Wholly Bigger Sound On Numbers Like "She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride" And "The Cuckoo" — The Latter, In Particular, Features Crunchy Electric And Acoustic Guitars And Gary Gilmore Playing His Bass Almost Like A Lead Instrument, Like A Bluesman's Answer To John Entwistle. Most Notable, However, May Be The Two Original Closing Numbers, "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)" And "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," Which Offer Taj Mahal Working In The Realm Of Soul And Treading Onto Otis Redding Territory. This Is Particularly Notable On "You Don't Miss Your Water," Which Achieves The Intensity Of A Gospel Performance And Comes Complete With A Stax/Volt-Style Horn Arrangement By Jesse Ed Davis That Sounds More Like The Real Thing Than The Real Thing. "Ain't That A Lot Of Love," By Contrast, Is Driven By A Hard Electric Guitar Sound And A Relentless Bass Part That Sounds Like A More Urgent Version Of The Bassline From The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." Bruce Eder, AMG. Top Recommendation.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Happy Just To Be Like I Am Happy Just To Be Like I Am
Blues New - LP C 30767 Columbia
First Sealed Copy Of This 1971 Gatefold Original We Have Ever Had In Stock. Promo Sticker On The Front Cover, Making This One Of The Very First Pressings Out Of The Factory. “Taj Mahal Had Mapped Out A Unique Vision Of Country Blues And Its Ethnographic Sources On His First Three Albums, And His Fourth LP, Happy Just To Be Like I Am, Continued In A Similar Vein While Broadening His Scope At The Same Time. Anyone Who Delivers An Arrangement Of "Oh Susanna" That Marries A Hard-Boogeying Rhythm Section With A Fife As Lead Instrument Is Clearly Not Aiming For A Purist's Approach To The Blues, And Mahal Was Willing To Bring A Bit More Contemporary Rhythm & Blues Into His Formula Here, With The Title Track Boasting The Kind Of Groove And Melodic Lift That Should Have Earned It A Place On The Radio (Through The Fact A Tuba Accompanies An Electric Bass In The Bottom End Might Have Puzzled A Few Programmers), And "Chevrolet" Bubbling With Potent, Organic Funk. But Mahal Was (And Is) Far Too Enamored Of Eclecticism To Make An Entire Album That Follows A Single Direction, And The Steel Drum Reverie Of "West Indian Revelation," The Mixture Of African Percussion And Steel Guitar On "Black Spirit Boogie," And The Acoustic Blues With Tuned Cowbells On "Eighteen Hammers" Are All The Work Of A Man Eager To Twist His Music Into A Variety Of Different Forms. The Best Songs Are Impressive, Mahal's Collaborators Are Stellar (Including Jesse Ed Davis, John Simon, And Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu), And Every Track Is Filled With A Palpable Joy; It's A Fine Collection From One The Most Cheerful Iconoclasts Of The Blues. “ Mark Deming, AMG.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - An Evening Of Acoustic Music An Evening Of Acoustic Music
Blues Used - LP T&M 1004 Radio Bremen
Mint 2009 2LP 180gm HQ Import Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. The First Vinyl Edition Of Taj Mahal's Legendary Bremen Concert From October 1993 Is A True Piece Of Art. Not Only Did The Renowned Berlin Visual Artist Henning Wagenbreth Again Design The Cover, He Decided To Come Up With A New Picture For Each Song, The Combination Of Which Constitutes The Album Sleeve. This Wonderful German Visual Artist Proves How Much His Work Is Sparked By His Love For African-American Culture. With These New Paintings, The Classic Mahal Solo/Duo Performances - Howard Johnson Guests On Five Tracks - Is Enriched In A Vibrant And Meaningful Kind Of Way, Adding To A New Listening Experience.... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Everybody Is Somebody Everybody Is Somebody
Blues Used - 12 18 1211 Gramavision
Rare Radio Only White Label Promo 12" Single Housed In A Generic Die Cut White Sleeve With Custom Promotional Sticker. Features "Everybody Is Somebody" B/W "Deed I Do."... more details
 
Mahal, Taj - Happy Just To Be Like I Am Happy Just To Be Like I Am
Blues Used - LP C 30767 Columbia
1971 Gatefold, Stereo Original. Vinyl Appears Unplayed. "Complimentary Not For Sale" Sticker On Back Jacket. “Taj Mahal Had Mapped Out A Unique Vision Of Country Blues And Its Ethnographic Sources On His First Three Albums, And His Fourth LP, Happy Just To Be Like I Am, Continued In A Similar Vein While Broadening His Scope At The Same Time. Anyone Who Delivers An Arrangement Of "Oh Susanna" That Marries A Hard-Boogeying Rhythm Section With A Fife As Lead Instrument Is Clearly Not Aiming For A Purist's Approach To The Blues, And Mahal Was Willing To Bring A Bit More Contemporary Rhythm & Blues Into His Formula Here, With The Title Track Boasting The Kind Of Groove And Melodic Lift That Should Have Earned It A Place On The Radio (Through The Fact A Tuba Accompanies An Electric Bass In The Bottom End Might Have Puzzled A Few Programmers), And "Chevrolet" Bubbling With Potent, Organic Funk. But Mahal Was (And Is) Far Too Enamored Of Eclecticism To Make An Entire Album That Follows A Single Direction, And The Steel Drum Reverie Of "West Indian Revelation," The Mixture Of African Percussion And Steel Guitar On "Black Spirit Boogie," And The Acoustic Blues With Tuned Cowbells On "Eighteen Hammers" Are All The Work Of A Man Eager To Twist His Music Into A Variety Of Different Forms. The Best Songs Are Impressive, Mahal's Collaborators Are Stellar (Including Jesse Ed Davis, John Simon, And Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu), And Every Track Is Filled With A Palpable Joy; It's A Fine Collection From One The Most Cheerful Iconoclasts Of The Blues. “ - Mark Deming, AMG.... more details
 

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