Taj Mahal’s first LP “Taj Mahal” inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame!

Jan. 14th 2020

 Taj Mahal debut album joins 24 artist’s recordings inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame.                                                                   The self entitled LP “Taj Mahal”was released in 1968 on Columbia Records.

Music critic Bruce Eder gave the album five out of five stars. In his review for AllMusic, Eder described it as “as hard and exciting a mix of old and new blues sounds as surfaced on record … in what had to be one of the most quietly, defiantly iconoclastic records of 1968.”[1]

In a music review of Taj Mahal reissues for Entertainment Weekly, Tony Scherman gave the album an “A” and wrote that the album “explodes with high spirits; of Taj’s 30-plus albums, it might be the best

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Track listing
“Leaving Trunk” (Sleepy John Estes) – 4:51
“Statesboro Blues” (Blind Willie McTell) – 2:59
“Checkin’ Up on My Baby” (Sonny Boy Williamson II) – 4:55
“Everybody’s Got to Change Sometime” (Estes) – 2:57
“EZ Rider” (Taj Mahal) – 3:04
“Dust My Broom” (Robert Johnson) – 2:39
“Diving Duck Blues” (Estes) – 2:42
“The Celebrated Walkin’ Blues” (Traditiona

 

Musicians

Taj Mahal – vocals, guitar, harmonica, slide guitar, music arranger
Jesse Ed Davis – lead guitar
Ry Cooder – rhythm guitar, mandolin
Bill Boatman – rhythm guitar
James Thomas – bass guitar
Gary Gilmore – bass
Sanford Konikoff – drums
Chuck “Brother” Blackwell – drums