A good friend spotted this excellent record in a shop earlier this year. He said, “if you don’t buy it I will”, and that’s all I needed to hear. It was a nice score. I knew some of this music but had never heard the whole LP. It’s a radio promo copy with a tattered cover, but the vinyl was good–a bit dusty, but played little. It cleaned up nicely on the VPI and sounds very good.
This is Taj Mahal’s debut release, recorded in summer 1967 and released the following year. It bridges the gap between early blues styles and the rock and R&B influences that were becoming popular. All but one track are covers written by blues masters, and the opening cut, Sleepy John Estes’ “Leaving Trunk”, is included below.
(Details: Columbia CS 9579 stereo/2-eye/radio promo)