Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home

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Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
Giant Step.jpg
Studio album by
GenreBlues, country blues, Delta blues, Cajun
ProducerDavid Rubinson
Taj Mahal chronology
The Natch'l Blues
Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
The Real Thing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stoneunfavourable [2]

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".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Giant Step

  1. "Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie No More" (Taj Mahal, Jesse Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell)
  2. "Take a Giant Step" (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
  3. "Give Your Woman What She Wants" (Taj Mahal, Joel Hirschhorn)
  4. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Don Level, Bob Love)
  5. "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" (Blind Willie Johnson)
  6. "Six Days on the Road" (Carl Montgomery, Earl Green)
  7. "Farther on Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me)" (Taj Mahal, Jesse Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell)
  8. "Keep Your Hands Off Her" (Huddie Ledbetter)
  9. "Bacon Fat" (Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson)

De Ole Folks at Home

  1. "Linin' Track" (Huddie Ledbetter)
  2. "Country Blues No. 1" (Traditional; arranged by Taj Mahal)
  3. "Wild Ox Moan" (Vera Hall, Ruby Pickens Tartt)
  4. "Light Rain Blues" (Taj Mahal)
  5. "Little Soulful Tune" (Taj Mahal)
  6. "Candy Man" (Rev. Gary Davis)
  7. "Cluck Old Hen" (Traditional; arranged by Taj Mahal)
  8. "Colored Aristocracy" (Traditional; arranged by Taj Mahal)
  9. "Blind Boy Rag" (Taj Mahal)
  10. "Stagger Lee" (Harold Logan, Lloyd Price)
  11. "Cajun Tune" (Taj Mahal)
  12. "Fishin' Blues" (Henry Thomas, Taj Mahal)
  13. "Annie's Lover" (Traditional; arranged by Taj Mahal)


Giant Step

  • Taj Mahal - vocals, harmonica, banjo, Mississippi national steel-bodied guitar
  • Jesse Ed Davis - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ
  • Gary Gilmore - electric bass
  • Chuck "Brother" Blackwell - drums

De Ole Folks at Home

  • Taj Mahal - vocals, harmonica, guitar, banjo
  • Brian Ross-Myring, Chris Hinshaw, Jerry Hochman - engineer
  • Virginia Team - cover design
  • Jesse Ed Davis - typography/hand lettering


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Giant Step at AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Ward, Ed (7 February 1970). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (51): 40.
  3. ^ "The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own". Retrieved September 14, 2015.