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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal (Columbia)

Review by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 4 February 1968

TAJ MAHAL, a talented blues singer who has kicked around Los Angeles for several years as a soloist and a member of the now-dead Rising ...

How Goes It Underground?

Report and Interview by Tom Nolan, Los Angeles Times, 18 February 1968

IT WAS A big day for me, for I had just met Andrew Oldham, the brains behind the Stones. He was very thin and he ...

16 Hours of Rock in Dismal Surroundings

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 20 May 1968

SIXTEEN HOURS of the same thing gets to be an enervating experience even if one is a super-rock fan and many of the nation's outstanding ...

Taj Mahal

Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, 4 January 1969

"WHAT I'M AFRAID of," says Taj Mahal, watching the sun set on Sunset, "are these closet fascists, the guy workin' unloadin' trucks scared to death ...

Taj Mahal: The Natch'l Blues (Direction 8-63397)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 15 March 1969

AMERICAN MUSICIANS have always scored over their British musical cousins, in their ability to RELAX, and still show off their mastery of whatever medium they ...

Taj Mahal: At Last — A Welcome New Voice

Profile by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 22 March 1969

A NEW VOICE on the music scene and a very welcome one, belongs to Mr Taj Mahal a young blues singer and guitarist from Massachusetts. ...

Taj Mahal: The Natch'l Blues

Review and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, May 1969

IN THESE DAYS of controversy about blue men singing the whites (thank you, V. Stanshall) it's amazing just how few black men are signing the ...

Taj Mahal: The Natch'l Blues

Review by Ed Ward, Rolling Stone, 17 May 1969

TAJ MAHAL may not be the most authentic, the most technically proficient, or the most emotionally cathartic practitioner of the blues today, but he certainly ...

The Mind Of A Modern Bluesman: Taj Mahal

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1969

I AM A crazy swamp guy. I love swamps. Brick buildings are cool too, they have their own grotesque beauty and this is a very ...

Taj Mahal: Giant Step/De Old Folks At Home (CBS Direction S 8-63820, S 8-63821)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 22 November 1969

Mixed bag from Taj ...

Taj Mahal's Band

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1970

JESSE EDWIN DAVIS/lead guitar ...

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Report by David Dalton, Rolling Stone, 19 March 1970

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was an entertainment extravaganza planned and put on by the Rolling Stones in December 1968. Originally done as ...

Johnny Winter, Flock, Steamhammer, Santana, It's A Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 25 April 1970


Santana, It's A Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 25 April 1970

Beautiful Day a beautiful band ...

Taj Mahal: Still One Of The Hardest Rockers

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 25 April 1970

A FANFARE of trumpets would have greeted Taj Mahal if the artist's British reception had been judged on his success. Instead he was quietly willing ...

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 31 July 1971

FOR SOME reason it all seems to have gone wrong for Taj Mahal. ...

Taking The Music Back To The People... But Is Taj Mahal The Real Thing?

Profile and Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Sounds, 7 August 1971

ON HIS latest album (reviewed in SOUNDS last week), recorded live at the Fillmore East, Taj Mahal makes the assertive claim that he is indeed ...

Louisiana Red: It's All Blues

Report and Interview by Peter Kent, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

"I AM LOUISIANA Red and I come from behind the sun" — those words, belting out of a cheap mono record-player, introduced me to the ...

Curtis Mayfield, Taj Mahal: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, The New York Times, 9 April 1973

Curtis Mayfeld's Soul Singing Displays His Fluency in Argot ...

Taj: Thinking The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 22 December 1973

TAJ MAHAL was dressed in full regalia when we arrived at his hotel room in Manhattan, and the room revealed signs that he and his ...

Taj Mahal: Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu) (Warner Brothers); A Taj Mahal Anthology Vol. 1 (CBS import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 18 June 1977

Taj Me In The Morning ...

Howard Johnson: He's Got His HoJo Working..

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 17 June 1978

HOWARD JOHNSON has played with everybody — from Mingus and Taj Mahal to Lennon and The Band. And he won't hear a word against his ...

Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 11 August 1979

"I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/I'm goin to the river goin to sit down on the ground/And let the ...

A Calypso Now!

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 26 September 1981

Taj Mahal, Desperadoes: Hammersmith Odeon, London WITH VIV Stanshall confining himself to introductions, we were given two personalisations of black music, and an expected ...

Taj Mahal: Like Never Before

Review by Max Bell, Vox, August 1991

TAJ MAHAL HASN'T BEEN HEARD in such a pristine setting since his Columbia heyday, and after too many years of his slogging for well-meaning but ...

Taj Mahal: Playing The Cosmic Blues

Retrospective and Interview by Max Bell, Vox, December 1991

BACK IN THE '60S when he was fronting the Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, they used to call Taj Mahal a cosmic intellectual blues player. ...

Taj Mahal's ancestral music

Retrospective and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Eye Weekly, 18 July 1996

TAJ MAHAL was deep into the pan-African diaspora long before anyone dreamed up the term "world music." Blues, ragtime, calypso, reggae, Mandinka soul from West ...

"Radically Festive": The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, November 1996

On December 10, 1968, some of the most exciting talent in rock history gathered for an event all the more legendary for having been quietly ...

Taj Mahal at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, September 1997

HENRY ST. CLAIR FREDERICKS named himself Taj Mahal with good reason: he's a monument who can dance with an easy grace and joyful lightness delightfully ...

The Birth Of His Blues: Taj Mahal

Review and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, November 1998

Tracks: Leaving Trunk / Statesboro Blues / Checkin' Up On My Baby / Everybody's Got To Change Sometime / E Z Rider / Dust My ...

Taj Mahal: In Progress and Motion (Columbia/Legacy)

Review by Tony Scherman, The New York Times, 29 November 1998

EMERGING IN THE late '60s as an anomaly – one of the few young black musicians to embrace the folk-blues revival – Taj Mahal flirted ...

Taj Mahal

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Henry St Clair Fredericks, 17 May 1942, New York City, USA ...

Taj Mahal: A Living Edifice To The Blues

Live Review by Andy Gill, The Independent, 10 June 2004

Taj Mahal/Tinariwen, Barbican, London **** ...

see also Jesse Ed Davis

see also Rising Sons, The


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