Taj Mahal Box Set Due Feb. 5, 2013

Courtesy Sony Music

Courtesy Sony Music

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, will release a comprehensive box set of music by World Music juggernaut Taj Mahal in time for Black History Month. Taj Mahal is a Bluesman beyond borders, blending Blues with influences from the Carribean, Jamaica, Africa and Country music sounds, among others. His legendary career has stretched more than 40 years, and Taj continues to tour and create new music.

The Complete Columbia Albums Collection: Taj Mahal contains every album Taj Mahal recorded during his time under Columbia Records, stretching from his 1968 self-titled debut to the 1976 release Satisfied And Tickled Too. There’s also exclusive audio, previously unreleased material, a live concert recording, and special packaging and liner notes. Also included in the set are the 1992 release Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder, and 2012’s The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal.

One extremely cool feature to this set is that the CDs will all come inside miniature replicas of the original LP vinyl packaging that reproduces the original album artwork. Miles Mellough handled the liner notes for the set. In all, there are 170 tracks on 15 CDs in The Complete Columbia Albums Collection: Taj Mahal. Scroll down for a list of all of the albums included in the set! Pre-Order The Complete Columbia Albums Collection: Taj Mahal

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Courtesy Sony Music

Taj Mahal (1968)

The Natch’l Blues (1968)

Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home (double-CD, 1969)

The Real Thing (live, 1971)

Happy Just To Be Like I Am (1971)

Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (1972)

Sounder (movie soundtrack, 1972)

Oooh So Good ’N Blues (1973)

Mo’ Roots (1974)

Music Keeps Me Together (1975)

Satisfied ’N Tickled Too (1976)

Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder (1992)

The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal (double-CD, 2012)

[On a personal note: My dad has never been a big fan of Blues music, but he has always sung “Fishin’ Blues,” a Henry Thomas Blues classic recorded by Taj Mahal. Taj is linked to one of my earliest and fondest memories of my father, and his music holds a special place in my heart for that. Enjoy this video I found of Taj performing “Fishin’ Blues!”]

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