Various Artists

The Roots of Taj Mahal

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An interesting concept to say the least, here's an exemplary collection of blues tunes all covered by Taj Mahal at one point or another. But here's the original versions of classics by Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Sleepy John Estes, Son House, Washboard Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Blind Boy Fuller and they sound every bit as fine -- if not infinitely superior -- as Taj's later covers. If you want to know where it all really came from, here's a perfect starting point, and one hell of a blues collection bargain.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:01
2 2:49
3 2:58
4 2:30
5 3:18
6 1:12
7 3:03
8 2:49
9 2:57
10 3:01
11 3:06
12 3:01
13 2:43
14 2:52
15 3:07
16 3:01
17 3:12
18 2:58
19 3:13
20 3:14
21 6:40
22 3:22
23 2:49
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