It’s a message from an ancestor who lived a long time ago…

Some musicians are a genre unto themselves, some musicians see no boundaries, some musicians are a force for good in the world and some exemplify the word cool. Taj Mahal is all those things. He never disappoints live or recorded.

So here we have 1974 and Taj is out there covering his roots, reggae, funk, blues some proto-disco grooves (I just created that phrase right now) and folk music. Who gets to cover The Slickers Johnny Too Bad and Marley’s Slave Driver and get away with it and sing in at least three languages on one record? It’s the type of music that makes a middle aged white guy dance or at least nod his head contentedly.

It is also the coolest album cover I have seen in a long time.

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2 thoughts on “It’s a message from an ancestor who lived a long time ago…

  1. 1st time I heard Taj – and mightily impressed by his track – was on the sampler album ‘The Rock Machine Turns You On’ …

    Side 1
    “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” – Bob Dylan – from the LP John Wesley Harding
    “Can’t Be So Bad” – Moby Grape – from the LP Wow
    “Fresh Garbage” – Spirit – from the LP Spirit
    “I Won’t Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar” – The United States of America – from the LP The United States of America
    “Time of the Season” – The Zombies – from the LP Odessey and Oracle
    “Turn on a Friend” – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – from the LP The Great Conspiracy
    “Sisters of Mercy” – Leonard Cohen – from the LP The Songs of Leonard Cohen

    Side 2
    “My Days Are Numbered” – Blood, Sweat and Tears – from the LP Child Is Father to the Man
    “Dolphins Smile” – The Byrds – from the LP The Notorious Byrd Brothers
    “Scarborough Fair / Canticle” – Simon and Garfunkel – from the LP Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
    “Statesboro Blues” – Taj Mahal – from the LP Taj Mahal
    “Killing Floor” – The Electric Flag – from the LP A Long Time Comin’
    “Nobody’s Got Any Money In The Summer” – Roy Harper – from the LP Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith
    “Come Away Melinda” – Tim Rose – from the LP Tim Rose
    “Flames” – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera – from the LP Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

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