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Taj Mahal

Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)

Sep 18, 1969

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  1. 1 Diving Duck Blues 03:58
  2. 2 Easy Rider 04:08
  3. 3 I'm Gonna Move Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue 04:18
  4. 4 She Caught The Katy & Left Me A Mule To Ride 04:20
  5. 5 Keep Your Hands Off Her 02:57
  6. 6 Checkin' Up On My Baby 07:53
  7. 7 Six Days On The Road 03:37
  8. 8 A Lot Of Love (Incomplete) 00:47
  9. 9 Jam 04:01
  10. 10 Colored Aristocracy 04:03
  11. 11 Blues Improvisation 04:13
  12. 12 Annie's Lover 05:02
  13. 13 Ain't Nobody Gonna Steal My Jellyroll 04:08
  14. 14 Done Change My Way Of Living 07:35
  15. 15 Bacon Fat Pt 1 03:01
  16. 16 Bacon Fat Pt 2 04:47
  17. 17 You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 05:54
  18. 18 Corinna 05:38
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Taj Mahal - lead vocals, guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica; Jesse Ed Davis III - guitar; Gary Gilmore - bass; Chuck "Brother" Blackwell - drums

This Fillmore West show was part of the tour on which Taj Mahal embarked to promote his ambitious 1968 records, the electric Giant Step and the acoustic De Ole Folks at Home, which were two distinctly different records packaged as a double album. The reason for this unique and revolutionary marketing ploy was because Taj Mahal is essentially two different and very distinctive performers rolled into one preeminent African-American blues entertainer.

His father was a Jamaican born jazz musician and his mother a history teacher, which contributes to his dual interest in world beat music that would come much later on, as well as his obsession with reviving the historical Negro spiritual blues songs from 18th American Southern plantations. Mahal himself was a college educated bluesman who had a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Massachusetts who felt equally comfortable in both traditional acoustic and modern electric blues-rock genres.

The aforementioned double album contained one complete record of electric-rock blues and one album of a completely solo Taj Mahal doing old time Negro blues songs on guitar, banjo, slide guitar/dobro, and something he called simply "jive." This concert features, on lead guitar, the amazing Jesse Ed Davis III (a full blooded Native American who would go on to have his own career); and reflects the same mix of a modern electric Taj and an acoustic, solo, traditional one.

Born Henry St. Clair Fredericks, he claimed the name Taj Mahal came to him in a dream. After leaving college, Mahal formed the Elektras with guitarist Ry Cooder, who would go on to have a successful blues career of his own. The Elektras made one unreleased album for Columbia Records in the mid 1960s and then disbanded. Mahal remained on the label for more than a decade as he continued to develop his solo career.

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Taj Mahal - lead vocals, guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica; Jesse Ed Davis III - guitar; Gary Gilmore - bass; Chuck "Brother" Blackwell - drums

This Fillmore West show was part of the tour on which Taj Mahal embarked to promote his ambitious 1968 records, the electric Giant Step and the acoustic De Ole Folks at Home, which were two distinctly different records packaged as a double album. The reason for this unique and revolutionary marketing ploy was because Taj Mahal is essentially two different and very distinctive performers rolled into one preeminent African-American blues entertainer.

His father was a Jamaican born jazz musician and his mother a history teacher, which contributes to his dual interest in world beat music that would come much later on, as well as his obsession with reviving the historical Negro spiritual blues songs from 18th American Southern plantations. Mahal himself was a college educated bluesman who had a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Massachusetts who felt equally comfortable in both traditional acoustic and modern electric blues-rock genres.

The aforementioned double album contained one complete record of electric-rock blues and one album of a completely solo Taj Mahal doing old time Negro blues songs on guitar, banjo, slide guitar/dobro, and something he called simply "jive." This concert features, on lead guitar, the amazing Jesse Ed Davis III (a full blooded Native American who would go on to have his own career); and reflects the same mix of a modern electric Taj and an acoustic, solo, traditional one.

Born Henry St. Clair Fredericks, he claimed the name Taj Mahal came to him in a dream. After leaving college, Mahal formed the Elektras with guitarist Ry Cooder, who would go on to have a successful blues career of his own. The Elektras made one unreleased album for Columbia Records in the mid 1960s and then disbanded. Mahal remained on the label for more than a decade as he continued to develop his solo career.