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The Real Thing (Live)

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal followed up Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home (1969) with another double-LP concert platter whose title pretty much sums up the contents. The Real Thing (1971) is drawn from a mid-February run of shows at the Fillmore East in New York City where he, Spencer Davis, the Chambers Brothers, and Roberta Flack, among others, shared the bill. Mahal is supported by an interesting extended aggregate with a brass section consisting of Joseph Daley (tuba/horn/trombone), Bob Stewart (horn), and a pair of former Charles Mingus bandmembers, Earl McIntyre (horn) and Howard Johnson (horn). While at times they tend to overpower the usually intimate nature of the performances, that is certainly not the case for the majority of the arrangements. The opener, "Fishin' Blues," is a solo with Mahal accompanying himself on banjo. "Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')" is significantly lengthened from the form found on Giant Step (1968) as it stretches nearly nine minutes and allows plenty of room for interaction, offering up a spirited fife interlude from Mahal. In addition to providing an overview from his back catalog, The Real Thing contains a few new compositions. The full ensemble gets a workout on the funky "Sweet Mama Janisse" and the toe-tappin' rural flavor of the instrumental "Tom and Sally Drake" is lightly augmented by a sole tuba -- presumably that of Johnson. Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues" arguably submits the most successful incorporation of brass, sporting a driving, full-throttle rhythm and soulful interpretation.
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1
Fishin' Blues (Live)
00:02:57

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - H. Thomas, Composer - H. Thomas, Lyricist - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Arranger - Taj Mahal, Adaptor - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - John Simon, Piano

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (Live)
00:09:11

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - G. Gilmore, Composer - G. Gilmore, Lyricist - J. Davis, Composer - J. Davis, Lyricist - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - John Simon, Piano - C. Blackwell, Composer - C. Blackwell, Lyricist

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

3
Sweet Mama Janisse (Live)
00:03:32

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Jay Wilson, Project Coordinator - John Jackson, Project Coordinator - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Fritzson, Director - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - Adam Block, Project Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - David Mitson, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

4
Going up to the Country and Paint My Mailbox Blue (Live)
00:03:24

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

5
Big Kneed Gal (Live)
00:05:34

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

6
You're Going to Need Somebody on Your Bond (Live)
00:06:13

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Blind Willie Johnson, Composer - Blind Willie Johnson, Lyricist - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Arranger - Taj Mahal, Adaptor - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

7
Tom and Sally Drake (Live)
00:03:39

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
Diving Duck Blues (Live)
00:03:46

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Arranger - Taj Mahal, Adaptor - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Sleepy John Estes, Composer - Sleepy John Estes, Lyricist

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

9
John, Ain't It Hard (Live)
00:05:30

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

10
She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride (Live)
00:04:08

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - James Rachell, Composer - James Rachell, Lyricist - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

11
You Ain't No Street Walker Mama, Honey but I Do Love the Way You Strut Your Stuff (Live)
00:18:56

Bill Rich, Acoustic Bass - Bob Stewart, Trumpet - Bob Stewart, Flugelhorn - Joseph Daley, Trombone - Taj Mahal, Guitar - Taj Mahal, Steel Guitar - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - Taj Mahal, Harp - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Composer - Taj Mahal, Lyricist - Taj Mahal, Performer - Kwasi DziDzournu, Congas - Howard Johnson, Flugelhorn - Howard Johnson, Brass - Howard Johnson, Baritone Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer - John Hall, Electric Guitar - Greg Thomas, Drums - John Simon, Piano - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

Orginally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Taj Mahal followed up Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home (1969) with another double-LP concert platter whose title pretty much sums up the contents. The Real Thing (1971) is drawn from a mid-February run of shows at the Fillmore East in New York City where he, Spencer Davis, the Chambers Brothers, and Roberta Flack, among others, shared the bill. Mahal is supported by an interesting extended aggregate with a brass section consisting of Joseph Daley (tuba/horn/trombone), Bob Stewart (horn), and a pair of former Charles Mingus bandmembers, Earl McIntyre (horn) and Howard Johnson (horn). While at times they tend to overpower the usually intimate nature of the performances, that is certainly not the case for the majority of the arrangements. The opener, "Fishin' Blues," is a solo with Mahal accompanying himself on banjo. "Ain't Gwine to Whistle Dixie (Any Mo')" is significantly lengthened from the form found on Giant Step (1968) as it stretches nearly nine minutes and allows plenty of room for interaction, offering up a spirited fife interlude from Mahal. In addition to providing an overview from his back catalog, The Real Thing contains a few new compositions. The full ensemble gets a workout on the funky "Sweet Mama Janisse" and the toe-tappin' rural flavor of the instrumental "Tom and Sally Drake" is lightly augmented by a sole tuba -- presumably that of Johnson. Sleepy John Estes' "Diving Duck Blues" arguably submits the most successful incorporation of brass, sporting a driving, full-throttle rhythm and soulful interpretation.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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