Taj Mahal - Labor of Love (2LP)
Taj Mahal - Labor of Love (2LP)
Taj Mahal - Labor of Love (2LP)
Taj Mahal - Labor of Love (2LP)

Taj Mahal - Labor of Love (2LP)

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Taj Mahal -  Vocals (A1, A3, B2, C2, D1), guitar (A1, A3, B2, B4, C2, D1), Banjo (A2),  Bass (B1, D3), Piano (B3), Harmonica (C1), Hambone (C3), Slide Guitar (D2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Taj Mahal]

Neal Pattman - Vocals (A2), Harmonica (A2)

John Dee Holeman - Vocals (C3, Hambone (C3)

Etta Baker - Guitar (D2)

Cootie Stark - Vocals (C1), Guitar (C1)

Algia Mae Hinton - Vocals (B1, Twelve-String Guitar (B1)

Ardie Dean - Drums (D3)

Cool John Ferguson - Electric Guitar (D3)

2 LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Quality Record Pressings

Label :  Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Analogue Productions

Recorded at The Music Maker Relief Foundation headquarters in Hillsborough

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Released in 2016


Tracks :

Side A:

    1. Stagger Lee

    2. Shortnin' Bread (With Neal Pattman)

    3. My Creole Belle


Side B:

    1. I Ain't The One You Love (With Algia Mae Hinton)

    2. Fishin' Blues

    3. Mistreated Blues (With John Dee Holeman)

    4. Zanzibar


Side C:

    1. So Sweet (With Cootie Stark)

    2. Spike Drivers Blues

    3. Hambone (With John Dee Holeman)


Side D:

    1. Walkin' Blues

    2. John Henry (With Etta Baker)

    3. Song For Brenda (With Cool John Ferguson)


Reviews :

"Of course this music and this project is at the core of what Analogue Productions' Chad Kassem has been about since he began producing vinyl reissues so it was only natural and fitting that these two LPs have been released on the Analogue Productions label, lacquers cut by Kevin Gray, pressed at QRP and housed in gatefold 'Tip-on' Stoughton Press jackets festooned with evocative black and white session photos. Even if you know these chestnuts like 'Creole Bell,' 'John Henry' and 'Hambone' by heart, you'll experience them here with fresh life breathed into their musical arteries. ... Among my favorites is Taj's instrumental 'Zanzibar,' but really, every track is a treasure. ... Don't be a fool and let the resolution stop you. These are probably the best sounding damn "field recordings" you're likely ever to hear and the stripped-down music is transportive and magical." Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.

"What we have here is magic: classic blues tunes — 'Stagger Lee,' 'My Creole Bell,' 'Mistreated Blues,' 'Zanzibar,' 'John Henry' and more — treated with such love and wit and heartache and (to use a tired term that's appropriate here) authenticity. Few field-hand recordings are drenched with this much sweat. And none of those field-hand recordings (few live or studio recordings, period) sound so vivid." — Fred Kaplan, Stereophile.com, March 6, 2017

"The solo acoustic tunes rank among some of the most relaxed and intimate that he has recorded in the latter part of his career. Even on 'Fishin' Blues' — familiar territory that he has traversed countless times in a career — Taj sounds spontaneous and genuine, often improvising quick guitar fills that substitute for words in some of the verses. ... A noteworthy album by any measure, the stripped-down vibe of these recordings also makes Labor Of Love a nice counterpoint to Taj's last (and more stylistically diverse) full-length studio release, 2008's Maestro." — Roger Gatchet, Living Blues Magazine, February 2017

"Taj Mahal has been tapping into his traditional blues roots since the '60s, but these intimate acoustic sessions from the mid '90s, released here for the first time (and on 180-gram vinyl-only format to boot) are something special. ... The audiophile presssing makes a big difference too: if you've ever longed to have Taj Mahal in your living room this is as close as you're likely to come." — Jim Allen, CultureSonar.com, December 2016

"Labor of Love is a time capsule. Even if 1998 doesn't seem that long ago, it was. Stripping down a record to voices and acoustic instruments will cause anyone to think throwback, yet few can pull it off as genuine and procure it quite like Taj Mahal and friends. Proof positive that all it takes is a soul with something to say and a way to catch it on tape to light that fire in the listener. If you're akin to the blues, God bless you. If you're not, let this be your easing in, you'll find that at the heart of any Labor Of Love there's a definitive true blues."  Glide Magazine, January 2017

"Music Maker Foundation founder Tim Duffy has managed to capture Mahal at his most skeletal on this vinyl-only release, culled mostly from Duffy's archives of off-the-cuff performances recorded in 1998 on a 42-city Music Makers tour with Mahal headlining. Some of the cuts were recorded after the shows, late at night in hotel room jams, and some were taped at Duffy's Pinnacle, North Carolina, Music Makers studio/residence. ... Music Maker Foundation releases are always special, but this one should be on your Christmas list and receive your attention all year long. It's a gift that keeps on giving." — Grant Britt, nodepression.com.

"Mahal's 47th (no, not a typo) album, Labor of Love, features some of the blues musician's greatest tunes. It consists of solo favorites from almost twenty years ago, and collaborations with the Music Maker Relief Foundation artists. ... He's a storyteller who incorporates his deep musical history in every note that's played. "Stack-O-Lee" is timeless, really... talking about that "bad man." Collaborations on Labor of Love include "John Henry" with the late Etta Baker. Baker's Piedmont blues experiences flood the listeners with a chilling journey into the Mississippi Delta. This stripped down release matches that photo of Taj Mahal on his website — laid back, at ease, welcoming listeners to pull up a chair and leave their cares at the door." — Brenda Hillegas, Elmore Magazine, January 2017

"The album is Taj Mahal's 47th. On it are six solo performances by Taj and seven more duets recorded with Music Maker Relief Foundation artists. All of the songs are previously unreleased performances recorded in 1998. ... Taj states that he enjoyed getting to know the musicians lives and "how they made things work" while getting "closer to the source." — Richard Ludmerer, makingascene.org


Ratings :

Discogs 4.45/5  ,   Michael Fremer : 9/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics

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