The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

by Taj MahalTaj Mahal


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886979234420
catalogNumber: 792344
Rank: 91913


Disc 1

  1. Statesboro Blues
  2. If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues)
  3. By and By (Poor Me)
  4. Candy Man
  5. 2:10 Train
  6. Let the Good Times Roll
  7. .44 Blues
  8. 11th Street Overcrossing
  9. Corrin, Corinna
  10. Tulsa County
  11. Walkin' Down the Line
  12. The Girl with Green Eyes
  13. Sunny's Dream
  14. Spanish Lace Blues
  15. The Devil's Got My Woman
  16. Take a Giant Step
  17. Flyin' So High
  18. Dust My Broom
  19. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
  20. Baby, What You Want Me to Do?
  21. Statesboro Blues
  22. I Got a Little

Disc 2

  1. Leaving Trunk
  2. Statesboro Blues
  3. Checkin' Up on My Baby
  4. Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
  5. E Z Rider
  6. Dust My Broom
  7. Diving Duck Blues
  8. The Celebrated Walkin' Blues

Disc 3

  1. Good Morning Miss Brown
  2. Corinna
  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
  10. The Cuckoo
  11. New Strange Blues
  12. Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine

Disc 4

  1. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
  2. Take a Giant Step
  3. Give Your Woman What She Wants [From the Motion Picture the April Fools
  4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  5. You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond
  6. Six Days on the Road
  7. Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me)
  8. Keep Your Hands Off Her
  9. Bacon Fat

Disc 5

  1. Linin' Track
  2. Country Blues #1
  3. Wild Ox Moan
  4. Light Rain Blues
  5. A Littel Soulful Tune
  6. Candy Man
  7. Cluck Old Hen
  8. Colored Aristocracy
  9. Blind Boy Rag
  10. Stagger Lee
  11. Cajun Tune
  12. Fishin' Blues
  13. Annie's Lover

Disc 6

  1. Fishin' Blues
  2. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
  3. Sweet Mama Janisse
  4. Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
  5. Big Kneed Gal
  6. You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond
  7. Tom and Sally Drake
  8. Diving Duck Blues
  9. John, Ain't It Hard
  10. You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut
  11. [Untitled]

Disc 7

  1. Happy Just to Be Like I Am
  2. Stealin'
  3. Oh Susanna
  4. Eighteen Hammers
  5. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day
  6. Chevrolet
  7. West Indian Revelation
  8. Black Spirit Boogie

Disc 8

  1. Conch: Introduction
  2. Kalimba
  3. Bound to Love Me Some
  4. Ricochet
  5. A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out of Your Soul)
  6. Corinna
  7. Conch: Close
  8. Cakewalk Into Town
  9. Sweet Home Chicago
  10. Texas Woman Blues
  11. Gitano Negro

Disc 9

  1. Needed Time
  2. Sounder Chase a Coon
  3. Needed Time (Hummin' and Pickin')
  4. Morning Work/N' Meat's on the Stove
  5. I'm Running and I'm Happy
  6. Speedball
  7. Goin' to the Country/Critters in the Woods
  8. Motherless Children (Hummin')
  9. Jailhouse Blues
  10. Just Workin'
  11. Harriet's Dance Song
  12. Two Spirits Reunited
  13. David Runs Again
  14. Curiosity Blues
  15. Someday Be a Change
  16. Horseshoes
  17. Cheraw
  18. David's Dream
  19. Needed Time
  20. Needed Time

Disc 10

  1. Buck Dancer's Choice
  2. Little Red Hen
  3. Oh Mama Don't You Know
  4. Frankie and Albert
  5. Railroad Bill
  6. Dust My Broom
  7. Built for Comfort
  8. Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune

Disc 11

  1. Johnny Too Bad
  2. Blackjack Davey
  3. Big Mama
  4. Cajun Waltz
  5. Slave Driver
  6. Why Did You Have to Desert Me?
  7. Desperate Lover
  8. Clara (St. Kitts Woman)

Disc 12

  1. Music Keeps Me Together
  2. When I Feel the Sea Beneath My Soul
  3. Dear Ladies
  4. Aristocracy
  5. Further on Down the Road
  6. Roll, Turn, Spin
  7. West Indian Revelation
  8. My Ancestors
  9. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
  10. Why?...And We Repeat Why?...And We Repeat!

Disc 13

  1. Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
  2. New E-Z Rider Blues
  3. Black Man, Brown Man
  4. Baby Love
  5. Ain't Nobody's Business
  6. Misty Morning Ride
  7. Easy to Love
  8. Old Time Song-Old Time Love
  9. We Tune

Disc 14

  1. Chainey Do
  2. Sweet Mama Janisse
  3. Yan-Nah Mama-Loo
  4. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day
  5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
  6. Jacob's Ladder
  7. Ain' Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')
  8. Sweet Mama Janisse
  9. You Ain't No Streetwalker Mama, Honey But I Do Love the Way You Strut Y
  10. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  11. Shady Grove
  12. Butter

Disc 15

  1. Runnin' by the Riverside
  2. John, Ain't It Hard
  3. Band Introduction
  4. Sweet Mama Janisse
  5. Big Fat
  6. Diving Duck Blues
  7. Checkin' Up on My Baby
  8. Oh Susanna
  9. Bacon Fat
  10. Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Fife,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Harp,Electric Piano,Vocals,Human Whistle,12-string Guitar,Kalimba,Hand Clapping,Penny Whistle,Slide Guitar,Conch,fender rhodes,national steel guitar,scat,Upright Bass,finger cymbals,Chromatic Harmonica,5-string Banjo,French Harp
Ry Cooder   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Kooper   Piano
Pointer Sisters   Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells
Andy Narell   Conductor,Steel Drums
Bob Stewart   Trumpet,Tuba,Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson   Tuba,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone,Hand Clapping
Merl Saunders   Organ
Jesse Ed Davis   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar
John Hall   Electric Guitar
John Simon   Piano,Electric Piano
Eric Ajaye   Bass
Jo Baker   Background Vocals
Bill Boatman   Rhythm Guitar
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Rudy Costa   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Kalimba,Soloist
Sammy Creason   Drums
James Luther Dickinson   Piano
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,African Bells
Ray Fitzpatrick   Bass
Carole Fredericks   Background Vocals
Charlie Freeman   Electric Guitar
Gary Gilmore   Bass,Electric Bass
Lightnin' Hopkins   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Karstein   Drums
Kevin Kelley   Percussion,Drums
Sanford Konikoff   Drums
Carl Larkin   Guitar
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
Tommy McClure   Bass
Larry McDonald   Percussion,Conga
Earl McIntyre   Trombone,Tuba,Bass Trombone
Don Moors   Vibes
Stan Mulelland   Bass
Earl Palmer   Drums
Gordon Rowley   Trombone
Annie Sampson   Background Vocals
Kester Smith   Percussion,Trap Kit
John Turk   Keyboards
Hoshal Wright   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Claudia Linnear   Background Vocals
Gary Marker   Bass
Bill Rich   Bass,Electric Bass
Michael Utley   Organ
Fritz Heilbron   Trombone
Tommy Henderson   Background Vocals
Jesse Lee Kincaid   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Thomas   Drums
Charles Blackwell   Drums
Ladies   Background Vocals
Anna de Leon   Vocal Harmony
Brother Moses   Background Vocals
Intergalactic Soul Messengers Band   Background Vocals
Mother's Children   Background Vocals
Raphael Grinage   Upright Bass
Ricky Myers   Alto Saxophone
Bill Greene   Conductor
Joachim Young   Keyboards
David Colman   Rhythm Guitar
Raphael Ramirez   Conga
James Thomas   Bass
James Charles Otey   Drums
Toys   Background Vocals
Caroline Fredericks   Background Vocals
Sam Coz   Drums
Joseph Daley   Trombone,Tuba,Valve Trombone

Technical Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Taj Mahal   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Remixing,Adaptation,Vocal Engineer,Original Liner Notes,Whistle
Bob Marley   Remixing
Chuck Berry   Composer
Andy Narell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Howard Johnson   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Jesse Ed Davis   Brass Arrangment
Frank Abbey   Engineer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
George Engfer   Engineer
Mike Fusaro   Engineer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Roy Halee   Engineer
Chris Hinshaw   Engineer
Jerry Hochman   Engineer
Lightnin' Hopkins   Composer
George Horn   Engineer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Mike Larner   Engineer
Earl Lindo   Arranger
Jay Mark   Remixing
Sy Mitchell   Engineer
Brian Ross-Myring   Engineer
Pete Romano   Engineer
David Rubinson   Producer
Slickers   Composer
Paul Stubblebine   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Rafael O. Valentin   Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
George Engler   Engineer
Jim Greene   Engineer
Tom Nolan   Original Liner Notes
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Rod Dyer   Inside Photo
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Edward Fredericks   Art Direction
Don Peterson   Cover Photo
Irene Harris   Cover Photo
Traditional   Composer
Howard Bingham   Cover Photo
John Kelly   Art Direction
Mark Friedman   Engineer
Leonard Jennings   Cover Design
Carol Nemoy   Calligraphy
T. Melcher   Arranger
P. Polland   Composer
Bill Greene   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
D. Level   Composer
Aston "Family Man" Barrett   Remixing
David Brown   Engineer
Jerry Smith   Engineer
Herb Greene   Back Cover Photo
Carl Purulo   Remixing
Hughan Williams   Artwork
Miles Mellough   Liner Notes
Glenn Myles   Artwork
Gary Krueger   Cover Photo
Anna Hornisher   Cover Art
William Grey   Back Cover Photo
Rising Sons   Arranger
David Brown   Engineer

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