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Wag Your Tail Records

Taj Mahal - The Natch'l Blues


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Artist – Taj Mahal

Format – Vinyl

Label – Pure Pleasure

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 the two original closing numbers, “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’.” This LP reissue includes a trio of bonus tracks: a faster-paced rendition of “The Cuckoo” with a more prominent lead guitar, the slow electric lament “New Stranger Blues” featuring some good mandolin-style playing on the guitar, and the rocking instrumental “Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine,” which is a killer showcase for Davis’ lead electric guitar and Taj Mahal’s virtuosity on the harmonica. 




A1 Good Morning Miss Brown
A2 Corinna
A3 I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll
A4 Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
A5 Done Changed My Way Of Living
A6 The Cuckoo (Alternate Version)
B1 She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride
B2 The Cuckoo
B3 You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til Your Well Runs Dry)
B4 Ain't That A Lot Of Love
B5 New Stranger Blues
B6 Things Are Gonna Work Out Fine

Taj Mahal, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jesse Edwin Davis, guitar, piano, brass arrangements
Gary Gilmore, bass
Chuck Blackwell, drums
Al Kooper, piano
Earl Palmer, drums

Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment

Have Your Vinyl Record Ultrasonically Cleaned Before Shipment


Ultrasonic Cleaning

Your vinyl record will be cleaned by the Degritter 120kHz ultrasonic cleaning system. It has been carefully designed to make sure that records are cleaned thoroughly and without any damage to the surface of the record.

Ultrasonic cleaning works by creating a large number of microscopical bubbles in the cleaning bath, a phenomena called cavitation. The bubbles are a vacuum created by high frequency pressure waves moving through the water.

Every ultrasonic cycle bubbles are formed and collapsed, releasing energy as heat and minuscule strong water jets. These effects combined thoroughly clean all surfaces down to a microscopic level.

Cost of service is per vinyl record.  For example, Double LP records will require TWO cleaning service purchases. Price will include a new antistatic sleeve.