Taj Mahal – Giant Steps / De Old Folks At Home (Remastered) (1969/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Taj Mahal – Giant Steps / De Old Folks At Home (Remastered) (1969/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:32 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Blues
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Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home is the third studio album by American blues artist Taj Mahal. A double album, the first disc (Giant Step) is electric, while the second (De Ole Folks at Home) is acoustic. Esquire magazine included this album at number 27 on its list of “The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own”.

In less than 24 months, Taj Mahal (guitars/vocals/banjo/harmonica) had issued the equivalent of four respective long-players. The electric Giant Step (1968) was released alongside the acoustic and decidedly rural De Ole Folks at Home (1968). The nine cuts on Giant Step feature support from the instrumental trio of Jesse Ed Davis (guitar/keyboards), Gary Gilmore (bass), and Chuck Blackwell (drums). They back Taj Mahal on a wide selection of covers ranging from Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Take a Giant Step” to the upbeat and soulful reading of the Huddie Ledbetter blues staple “Keep Your Hands Off Her.” The arrangements are unique and offer the artist’s distinctive approach. Nowhere is this more evident than the practically jovial midtempo “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” or the freewheeling abandon brought to the 18-wheeler anthem “Six Days on the Road”.” Similarly, it recalls the version of “Ain’t That a Lot of Love” from Taj Mahal’s preceding LP Natch’l Blues (1968). Additionally, Blind Willie Johnson’s “You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond” stands out with a strong and soaring gospel-flavored arrangement. The project concludes with “Bacon Fat,” a number attributed here via Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson of the Band. That said, it may be better-known from the man they called Mr. Rhythm, Andre Williams, whose scattered down-home spoken interludes punctuate his February 1957 Top Ten R&B hit — which incidentally was created under the working title “Diddle, Diddle Womp, Womp.” Parties searching for an apt introduction when discovering Taj Mahal’s voluminous catalog are encouraged to consider Giant Step as a highly recommended reference point. – Lindsay Planer


1. Taj Mahal – Ain’t Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo’)
2. Taj Mahal – Take a Giant Step (1969 Version)
3. Taj Mahal – Give Your Woman What She Wants (From the Motion Picture “The April Fools”)
4. Taj Mahal – Good Morning Little School Girl
5. Taj Mahal – You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
6. Taj Mahal – Six Days On the Road
7. Taj Mahal – Farther On Down the Road
8. Taj Mahal – Keep Your Hands Off Her
9. Taj Mahal – Bacon Fat
10. Taj Mahal – Linin’ Track
11. Taj Mahal – Country Blues #1
12. Taj Mahal – Wild Ox Moan
13. Taj Mahal – Light Rain Blues
14. Taj Mahal – A Little Soulful Tune
15. Taj Mahal – Candy Man
16. Taj Mahal – Cluck Old Hen
17. Taj Mahal – Colored Aristocracy
18. Taj Mahal – Blind Boy Rag
19. Taj Mahal – Stagger Lee
20. Taj Mahal – Cajun Tune
21. Taj Mahal – Fishin’ Blues
22. Taj Mahal – Annie’s Lover