“Look here baby now you know I can, be the one to be your man…”
Taj Mahal is a bluesman of the highest order, hailing from the 60s folk boom in New England. His music continues to be original, inspired and well played blues with world music overtones. He has always been careful to play traditional music in a new, nontraditional way. He gained the admiration of the very players he idolized early on with albums mining delta blues, new orleans creole, reggae and indian sounds.
The song ‘Lovin In My Babys Eyes’ was recorded for the Private Music release “Phantom Blues” in 1996. His Private Music releases in the 1990s always featured an acoustic blues ‘love’ song, and this is the cream of that crop. Still a staple of his live show, the studio version is full of the signature Taj Mahal dobro sound along with his harmonica stylings straight out of the Little Walter school. Mike Cambell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers even lends his hand to this tune with his 12 string acoustic strumming. Producer John Porter continues his string of modern blues songs that could be pop hits, not a dirty word to this writer.
The music community has shown little love to Taj in relation to his great contributions to the mainstream community. He dove into African sounds long before Paul Simon and was a supporter of the burgeoning world music community long before old bandmate Ry Cooder made the “Buena Vista Social Club”. His box set “In Progress and In Motion” is an exhaustive yet complete picture of this artist and should be consumed if you can’t seem to get enough of “Lovin In My Babys Eyes’. Enjoy!!!