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A wonderful collection of 20 songs from 5 albums covering most of Taj's '90's output: 1991 Like Never Before (4) 1993 Dancing the Blues (4) 1996 Phantom Blues (6) 1997 Senor Blues (3) 1998 Sacred Island (3)
"Eclectic" is a term often used to describe TM as an artist and this album covers many styles, showing his breadth of talents. 2 songs -"(You've Got To) Love Her With A Feeling" and "Here In The Dark" feature Eric Clapton on guitar - unmistakably Eric in tone and technique but something different in style from what he might typically do on his own albums. Etta James shares the vocals on "Mockingbird". "Mind Your Own Business" is a great New Orleans jazz take on Hank Williams' country original - very Taj! Sacred Island is a collaboration with The Hula Blues Band (from, it probably won't surprise you, Hawaii). There's so much more besides - jazz, soul, blues, boogie, country, rock. If you're looking for a taster of Taj Mahal, this really is one to enjoy!
It's Taj being Taj and not caring what anyone thinks. Great collection and an ideal place to start if you want to sample the man's all encompassing view of da blues! There's blues with soul and jazz and funk and...well, listen to a few tracks and you'll see what I mean.