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Giant Step & De Ole Folks at Home

Taj MahalAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo') (Album Version) 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Take a Giant Step (Album Version) 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Give Your Woman What She Wants (From the Motion Picture "The April Fools") 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Good Morning Little School Girl (Album Version) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond (Album Version) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Six Days on the Road (Album Version) 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Farther on Down the Road (Album Version) 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Keep Your Hands off Her (Album Version) 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bacon Fat (Album Version) 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Linin' Track (Album Version) 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Country Blues #1 Arr.: T. Mahal 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Wild Ox Moan (Album Version) 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Light Rain Blues (Album Version) 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Little Soulful Tune (Album Version) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Candy Man (Album Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Cluck Old Hen (Album Version) 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Colored Aristocracy (Album Version) 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Blind Boy Rag (Album Version) 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Stagger Lee (Album Version) 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Cajun Tune (Album Version) 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Fishin' Blues (Album Version) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Annie's Lover (Album Version) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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American blues musician Taj Mahal, was born Henry Fredericks in New York in 1942. His music is a mix of blues, Caribbean styles, bluegrass and the music of Hawaii, where he lived for a number of years.

He formed Rising Sons with fellow bluesman Ry Cooder, playing at Whisky a Go Go, which gave him the opportunity to play with blues legends, amongst them Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and ... Read more in Amazon's Taj Mahal Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

One of the more woefully underappreciated blues artists of the last three decades, Taj Mahal has consistently made great records that combine his extensive knowledge of roots music with a refreshingly non-elitist sensibility. Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home from 1969 was Taj's commercial high point, and it's easy to understand why. The first half of the album (originally released as a two-record set) features Taj and band blending rock, pop and blues on songs like "Take a Giant Step," "Give Your Woman What She Wants" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." The second half is more laid-back and down-home, with Taj essaying solo renditions of "Fishing Blues," "Stagger Lee" and "Light Rain Blues" on banjo, harmonica and acoustic guitar. The most effortlessly enjoyable record of an effortlessly enjoyable career. --Dan Epstein


Taj Mahal (Henry Sainte Claire Fredericks)-singer, multi- instrumentalist, and ethnomusicologist-has described blues as "a very sensual, down-into-the-body music." Now twenty- odd albums into his recording career, his most convincing argument for that definition was back in 1969 with the release of this set (originally a two-record package). Bridging the chasm between country blues and rock, Mahal and three friends created a worldly wise charm on the De Ole Folks half of the program. The other part, Giant Step, has Mahal alone, undertaking a warmhearted study of Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, and the African-American ethos. Indifferent engineering at the original session. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Experience February 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard him before, it's hard to describe Taj's music. He's usually labelled as a blues man - but his music is a mixture of all kinds of folk traditions - including american, african, and caribbean. I've seen him live several times - he's intelligent, articulate, warm, and has a great sense of humor. He plays a wide range of instruments - most often guitar or banjo. There is something truly special about him. His songs are usually playful and infectious - you just can't help tappin' your toes and humming along. He's recorded a number of great albums, but Giant Step has always been my favorite. The CD includes both albums in the original vinyl release, Giant Step and De Ole Folks At Home. On Giant Step, Taj is backed by a small group of electric blues musicians (featuring Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar). On the more down-home De Ole Folks At Home, he plays solo, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and harmonica. My favorite song is "Take a Giant Step" - it's a tender look at rediscovering love. There's something about this song that captures Taj's essence - it's simple and direct and honest. Taj is a unique soul - his music always makes me feel good.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Classic After 30 Years! December 10, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1969 as a 2-album set, this is one of Taj's best discs! Now it's all together on 1 CD, so no more album flipping and swapping. The first 9 tracks are electric blues band based, with Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar. Some of the excellent tracks on this portion are: "Keep Your Hands Off Her", "Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond", Dave Dudley's "6 Days On The Road", "Give Your Woman What She Wants", "Bacon Fat", and a great bluesy version of The Monkees' hit "Take A Giant Step". The "De Old Folks" portion of the disc is solo Taj singing & playing banjo on such classic turn-of-the-century "down home" country-fied black tunes as "Colored Aristocracy", "Fishin' Blues", "Cluck Old Hen", "Stagger Lee" and "Candy Man". A wonderful disc by one of the most underrated blues artists of the past 30 years. Loads of fun to listen to, and the band plays in great ensemble on the electric stuff. Still a classic after 30 years, and still one of my favorites by Taj, or any blues artist.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Recording March 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Taj has contributed a lot of great music over the years he's recorded music but I keep coming back to this one. A lot of critics have termed it a "blues" recording but it's really more than that. I see it as a very enduring document of American folk music...not Dylan...more like an audio history of rural southern America...the subjects he deals with are those dealt with daily in the rural south by the common man living there. There are a number of songs that work their way into your mind...simply irresistible find yourself humming them at the oddest moments... If you only buy one Taj Mahal recording, make it this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great American Album April 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Taj at his best with a GREAT band , but -Jesse Ed Davis III- ,-alone-, is reason enough to need this cd. His perfect string bending solos and fills are backed up by his own keyboard work,(Taj himself makes -no- apparent instrumental contribution on tracks such as the classic re-working of 'Six Days On The Road'), the liner notes' calligraphy is by his hand, and the production bears a strong JEDIII sound, although uncredited . He manages to use modern effects,(for the time,such as guitar through a Leslie speaker), and still sound down-home all the while, and played impossibly difficult riffs with such grace,relaxation, and musicality that he could easily be taken for granted. Davis is a great forgotten American treasure,(perhaps best known for the fills and solos on Jackson Brown's 'Doctor My Eyes', {but even -that- was thirty years+ ago}, he was favorite of Eric Clapton and George Harrison).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic...just wonderful! June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Giant Step by Taj Mahal is an American Classic plain and simple. It is a wonderful cross section of delta blues sung as only Taj Mahal can. The folksy blues rhythyms in this CD take you to different place. Originally released on vinyl in 1969 this album has lost none of its charm.

The album opens with Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie Anymore and just builds on that wonderful tune. My favorites are the gospel rich You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond, the countryish Six Days On The Road, the classic folk tune Candy Man, and finally the catchy child like Fishin Blues. Not a bad song in this collection.

Taj Mahal should be honored at the Kennedy Center. He is an American original. A wonderful, naturally gifted singer, and performer.

Finally, for a real treat catch Taj Mahal as Ike in the 1972 film classic Sounder. Buy this CD, you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Mahal - The Man! March 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm a product of the 60's. My 4 older sisters helped mold my taste in music. One of them owned this Taj Mahal LP when it came out in 1969. Prior to this recording, she had an earlier one with "Corina" on it that would get stuck in my brain for days.

Giant Step is a must have CD! It's got great songs (Take a giant step, Farther on down the road, Annie's Lover, Stagger Lee, and Fishin' Blues), terrific banjo playing, and Taj' warm soulful persona comes through in his voice. He has made some great recordings over the years but this one is my all time favorite. You will love it and your children will love it. The music doesn't feel dated at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic
1969 - again! A very important year. There's something about those "on the cusp" years when something happens. Musically, this was true for 1959 and 1949. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. A Reichley
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj's best
This is Taj's best album! I just bought tickets (8/2014) to see him in February 2015. I can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Unique, unforgettable lyrics and very unique melodies you'll remember the rest of your life. Each song deals with some true-life situation in life, with the friendly warmth of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frederick G. Benton, III
1.0 out of 5 stars Taj
I have about ten Taj Mahal albums and this is not even close to a fav. I've found myself skipping most of the song in my play list off this album.
Published 7 months ago by taparue
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Mahal
I saw him in person a couple of months ago and he still has such a beautiful voice. This CD reminds me of when I was young and a much better time in my life!
Published 8 months ago by Faye Lepain
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj - The Best
Been listening to Taj for a long time. This is a must-have. I bought it as a replacement. Can't go wrong here.
Published 9 months ago by Valerie Stateson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album Revisited
Somewhere in my collection of records the album is waiting to be digitized and burnt to a CD. But I couldn't wait and the price was right. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jerry Logmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Say what? It's Taj !!
Anyone coming of age in the ~ 60's acquired this collection of his music on vinyl and listened with smiles and closed eyes to the beauty of Taj's voice as with Richie Havens, Bob... Read more
Published 15 months ago by rkr51
5.0 out of 5 stars Taj Mahal All Wrapped Up In One Package!
Now I have no shame whatsoever in announcing that my musical attachment to Taj Mahal is almost purely sentimental. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
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