Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Taj Mahal: Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff [Columbia, 1972]
Heard in the wake of one of Taj's magic shows, the live side seemed an amusing simulation, but no more--the call-and-response goes on too long at 3:40. This might also be said of the 8:40 Spanish guitar (banjo?) solo on side two. The record earns its title, though--the Smithsonian ought to hire this man. Latest instrument: the Pointer Sisters. B