December 30, 2017 – 4:53 am


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Fillmore East 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Fillmore East; New York, NY; May 23, 1971. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the original uploader; theface07; and to frogster for sharing the show at Dime.


This amazing stereo recording, taken from the soundboard master reel, showcases Taj Mahal in all his early ’70s crossover blues glory. A lot of the material here is also available on the official Taj Mahal live recording from the same venue, recorded just a few months earlier, 1972’s The Real Thing.

My efforts to improve the sound quality of this recording, which is already superb, were minimal and include light tweaking of the frequency spectrum to eliminate some flatness and unbalanced frequency levels. I tried to focus on not altering the overall dynamic of the recording, which would eliminate the original feel of the music, while taking out some of the more subtle flaws.

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MSBD reel @ 7 1/2 ips > CDR > EAC > FLAC > WAV > CEP v2.1 > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Unknown Acoustic Blues 7:18
Track 102. Goin’ Fishin’ 3:51
Track 103. Tom & Sally Drake 4:42
Track 104. Good Morning Miss Brown 6:48
Track 105. Ain’t Gwine to Whistle Dixie Anymo’ 9:14
Track 106. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue 3:47
Track 107. Sweet Mama Janisse 3:55
Track 108. You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 7:04
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Stealin’ 7:21
Track 202. John, Ain’t It Hard 6:23
Track 203. She Caught the Katy (And Left me a Mule to Ride) 4:34
Track 204. Diving Duck Blues 5:12
Track 205. You Ain’t No Street Walker Mama, Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff 17:44
42 mins

Lineup (probably):
Taj Mahal - vocals, guitar, harmonica, fife, whistling
Hoshal Wright - guitar (replacing John Hall)
John Simon - piano
Billy Rich - bass
Greg Thomas or James Otey - drums
Kwasi “Rocky Dijon” Dzidzournu - congas
Howard Johnson - baritone sax, flugelhorn, tuba
Bob Stewart - trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba
Joseph Daley - valve trombone, tuba
Earl McIntyre - bass trombone, tuba

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  1. 9 Responses to “TAJ MAHAL - FILLMORE EAST 1971”

  2. Thanks Big O one of the most unique and startlingly original singers and roots blues men to still exist upon this extraordinary planet. The man is simply a force of nature from the Rising Sons with Ryland P Cooder to today’s blues fest.Extraordinary and here at his peak which seems to have lasted over thirty years. Thanks

    By swappers on Dec 30, 2017

  3. What Swappers said

    By Carlos on Dec 30, 2017

  4. Track 101 is a version of Circle Round The Sun

    By Jackie Do Mo on Dec 30, 2017

  5. Thanks BigO … for more 3chordmusic
    (ok 3 and a half)…

    By fruchtas on Dec 30, 2017

  6. Can’t beat Taj

    By Waldo the Eel on Dec 30, 2017

  7. Brilliant. Thanks BigO and all involved

    By Goats in the machine on Dec 30, 2017

  8. This man is a genius,the natch’l blues is unique and
    will forever sound “modern”

    By easy on Dec 30, 2017

  9. Cool, thanks! I’ll never understand why Greil Marcus is so dismissive of him and Cooder

    By Pizza Tony on Dec 31, 2017

  10. THANK YOU! What Pizza Tony & Swapper said.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Jan 4, 2018

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