8 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taj Mahal’s 1968 debut was a revelation, blending blues with rock, funk, and soul. On most of the album, he’s covering tunes by legends like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson. But while he does an incredible job of laying down some tough Chicago-style tracks, he also sneaks in some inspired modernizations, such as adding a Stax-like soul stomp to Sleepy John Estes’ “Everybody’s Got to Change Sometime” or putting some fierce funk inflections into another Estes tune, “Milk Cow Blues” (here renamed “Leaving Trunk”).

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taj Mahal’s 1968 debut was a revelation, blending blues with rock, funk, and soul. On most of the album, he’s covering tunes by legends like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson. But while he does an incredible job of laying down some tough Chicago-style tracks, he also sneaks in some inspired modernizations, such as adding a Stax-like soul stomp to Sleepy John Estes’ “Everybody’s Got to Change Sometime” or putting some fierce funk inflections into another Estes tune, “Milk Cow Blues” (here renamed “Leaving Trunk”).

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Joerun48 ,

Smoke that guitar!

I bought this album in 68 when it first came out and it is still one of the most influential blues albums of that era. This is the recording the inspired Duane Allman to start playing slide no less.
After all these years the sound is still clean and fresh and should be appreciated by any serious guitarist for the smoking playing of Jessie Ed Davis. A real classic.

mr micky ,

SHHHHAWEEEET

you need to go get 40 dollars and buy this, giant step and the nachl blues right now. or im gonna punch you in the face. seriously some of the best blues iv'e ever listened to.

satnightfishfry ,

You need this album.

The blus is truth and that's no lie and this is one of the all time great blues (or any genre) albums. The playing and singing are funky and raw and the arrangements are sure to rock and roll you. Definitely a "desert island disc" for me. (along with Chuck Berry's Great 28 and Muddy Mississippi Waters Live).

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