Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues
Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues

Taj Mahal - The Natch’l Blues

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Taj Mahal - vocals, Harmonica and Miss “National” Steel-bodied guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Taj Mahal]

Al Kooper - Piano

Jesse Edwin Davis - Guitar, Piano and Brass arrangements

Gary Gilmore (Bass), Chuck Blackwell (Drums), Earl Palmer (Drums)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded in May & October 1968

Produced by David Rubinson

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1968

Reissued in 2010


Side A :

1. Good Morning Miss Brown Corinna
2. I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
3. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
4. Done Changed My Way Of Living
5. The Cuckoo (alternative version)
6. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride

Side B :

1. The Cuckoo
2. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)
3. A Lot Of Love
4. New Stranger Blues
5. Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine


"The upbeat performances are crisp and infectious, the backing band rocks and the recording quality is high. Producer David Rubinson rarely disappointed during this era." Michael Fremer

« Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly bigger sound on numbers like "She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride" and "The Cuckoo" -- the latter, in particular, features crunchy electric and acoustic guitars and Gary Gilmore playing his bass almost like a lead instrument, like a bluesman's answer to John Entwistle. Most notable, however, may be "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)" and "Ain't That a Lot of Love," which offer Taj Mahal working in the realm of soul and treading onto Otis Redding territory. This is particularly notable on "You Don't Miss Your Water," which achieves the intensity of a gospel performance and comes complete with a Stax/Volt-style horn arrangement by Jesse Ed Davis that sounds more like the real thing than the real thing. "Ain't That a Lot of Love," by contrast, is driven by a hard electric guitar sound and a relentless bass part that sounds like a more urgent version of the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'." AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.27 / 5 , Michael Fremer : 8 out of 10 for Music, 8 out of 10 for Sound!

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