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Big Mama's Door

  • 1. Big Mama's Door
    2. Joe Friday
    3. Them Fair Weather Friends
    4. France Blues
    5. Gallows Pole
    6. Pony Blues
    7. Amazed 'N' Amused
    8. Things 'Bout Coming My Way
    9. When I Was a Cowboy (Western Plains)
    10. Rest Your Saddle
    11. If Blues Was Money
    12. Hillbilly Willie's Blues
    13. Livin' in a Strain
    14. That Kate Adams Jive
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67593

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Nash; Carey Williams; Michael Nash; Carey Wiliams
    EngineerDan Alexander; Daniel Alexander

    Personnel: Alvin Youngblood Hart (vocals, 6- & 12-string guitars, tenor guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo); Taj Mahal (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Chris Siebert (piano); Bill MacBeath (acoustic bass).
    Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California in November and December 1995. Includes liner notes by Taj Mahal.
    All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
    Personnel: Alvin Youngblood Hart (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, steel guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo); Taj Mahal (vocals, guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Chris Siebert (piano); Bill MacBeath (upright bass).
    Liner Note Author: Taj Mahal.
    Recording information: Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA (11/1995-12/1995).
    Illustrator: Craig Wong.
    Photographer: Rory Earnshaw.
    The debut recording of 33-year-old Hart is extraordinarily simple and simply extraordinary. Except for three cuts on which he's joined by Taj Mahal, Big Mama's Door is just Hart on acoustic guitar and vocals, and he's not doing anything fancy -- just playing prewar-style blues, mostly in a percussive Delta manner, recorded live to two-track. Yet he succeeds so well in blending technique and feeling, structure and spontaneity, tradition and freshness that he produces a minor gem of a blues record, evocative of the blues masters of the 1920s and '30s. He covers Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell, Charley Patton, and the Mississippi Sheiks and does originals that replicate older blues idioms, not just in the notes but in the nuances, and in the personal commitment he brings to the material. ~ Steve Hoffman

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/97, p.57) - 4.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...will remind many of a youthful Taj Mahal....has less humor but considerably more instrumental virtuosity than Mahal....revitalizing [tradition] with his ability to play within the songs, sacrificing superfluous flash for heartfelt emotional effect..."
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