The Real Thing (Taj Mahal album)

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The Real Thing
Live album by Taj Mahal
Released 1971 (CD in 2000)
Recorded February 13, 1971, Fillmore East, New York City
Genre Blues
Length 66:51
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer David Robinson (original recording), Bob Irwin (CD reissue)
Taj Mahal chronology
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
(1969)
The Real Thing
(1971)
Happy Just to Be Like I Am
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [3]
Rolling Stone not rated [4]

The Real Thing is a 1971 live album by Taj Mahal. It was recorded on February 13, 1971 at the Fillmore East in New York City and features Taj Mahal backed by a band that includes four tuba players.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Taj Mahal unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Fishin' Blues" (Henry Thomas) – (2:58
  2. "Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')" (Blackwell/Davis/Gilmore/Taj Mahal) – 9:11
    • Studio recording on Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home (1969)
  3. "Sweet Mama Janisse" – 3:32
  4. "Going Up to the Country and Paint My Mailbox Blue" – 3:24
  5. "Big Kneed Gal" – 5:34
  6. "You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond" (Blind Willie Johnson) – 6:13
  7. "Tom and Sally Drake" – 3:39
  8. "Diving Duck Blues" (Sleepy John Estes) – 3:46
  9. "John, Ain' It Hard" – 5:30
  10. "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)" (Taj Mahal, Yank Rachell) – 4:08
    • Omitted from the vinyl issue, added to 2000 CD issue. Studio recording appears on The Natch'l Blues (1968).
  11. "You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey but I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff" – 18:56

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. The Real Thing at AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Taj Mahal at RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Scherman, Tony (September 8, 2000). "Music Review: Taj Mahal", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Gerson, Ben (September 16, 1971). The Real Thing, Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 5, 2012.