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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.

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MSI:REWIND
  • ASIN: B0000247RX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo')
2. Take A Giant Step
3. Give Your Woman What She Wants
4. Good Morning Little School Girl
5. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
6. Six Days On The Road
7. Farther Down The Road
8. Keep Your Hands Off Her
9. Bacon Fat
10. Linin' Track
11. Country Blues
12. Wild Ox Moan
13. Light Rain Blues
14. Little Soulful Tune
15. Candy Man
16. Cluck Old Hen
17. Colored Arstocracy
18. Blind Boy Rag
19. Stagger Lee
20. Cahun Tune
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Editorial Reviews

2 ON 1DISC 11. AIN T GWINE WHISTLE DIXIE (ANY MO )2. TAKE A GIANT STEP3. "GIVE YOUR WOMAN WHAT SHE WANTS "4. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL5. YOU RE GONNA NEED SOMEBODY ON YOUR BOND6. SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD7. FARTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD (YOU WILL ACCOMPANY ME)8. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF HER9. BACON FAT10. LININ TRACK11. COUNTRY BLUES 112. WILD OX MOAN13. LIGHT RAIN BLUES14. A LITTLE SOULFUL TUNE15. CANDY MAN16. CLUCK OLD HEN17. COLORED ARISTOCRACY18. BLIND BOY RAG19. STAGGER LEE20. CAJUN TUNE21. FISHING BLUES22. ANNIE S LOVER

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Taj Mahal is one of our favorite Blues musicians.
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The album opens with Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie Anymore and just builds on that wonderful tune.
A. Calabrese
Somewhere in my collection of records the album is waiting to be digitized and burnt to a CD.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Hoslett on 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
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 By Garth Henkins on 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 tunes...you 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 By . VINE VOICE on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Calabrese on June 13, 2006
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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 By Peter Chordas on 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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