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Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children
Taj Mahal
Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop, Children's Music
 
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Folk blues may not seem to be the stuff of a children's album, but this award-winning 1988 disc consists of a delightful series of songs for kids despite (or because of?) its blue roots. Mahal sets an intimate, storytellin...  more »

      
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All Artists: Taj Mahal
Title: Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Music Little People
Release Date: 10/27/1992
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk, Pop, Children's Music
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624250227, 093299027247, 193624250224, 093624250241

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Folk blues may not seem to be the stuff of a children's album, but this award-winning 1988 disc consists of a delightful series of songs for kids despite (or because of?) its blue roots. Mahal sets an intimate, storytelling mood with his casual introductions, and the spontaneous sing-along choruses (provided by his children, Ahmen and Deva) add to the gathered-round-the-campfire feel. Still, this is a blues record--undeniably gentle and sweet, but blues all the same--and that's what makes it such a wonderful family collection. Whimsical enough to please children, it contains enough bite to captivate adults. For every song about a boy riding his big-eared puppy halfway around the world ("Little Brown Dog") there's another about playing the ponies in Houston ("Light Rain"). It's all topped off with a joyous version of Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree," with Mahal's children singing, "Oh, Lordy me, then we'll shake sugaree / Everything I've got is done and pawned." Strange material for a children's record, but it works. --Percy Keegan

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Best Kid's Music I've ever heard--buy it
06/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brown Dog brought tears to my eyes... Guavi Guavi made me want to speak Senegalize... I can't stop singing Light Rain. Seriously, this is some of the best stuff Taj has done, and it's hidden away on a kid's tape--its one of the many great things I've discovered about fatherhood (disposable diapers are another)."
Childhood
05/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful cd, I listened to it constantly when I was little and was on top of the world when at the age of nine I got to see Taj Mahal in concert. This cd made me appreaciate blues and now I love all of his new stuff as well. This cd is enjoyable for kids but as a college student I still listen to it."
I love it and baby loves it.
07/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good music for dancing around the living room with baby. She loves the album and it doesn't get boring for parents, either."