Take a Giant Step (song)

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"Take a Giant Step"
Monkees Take a Giant Step.jpg
US single label
Single by The Monkees
from the album The Monkees
A-side "Last Train to Clarksville"
Released 16 August 1966
Format 7"
Recorded 9 July 1966
RCA Victor Studios, Studio C
Hollywood, CA
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:31
Label Colgems #1001
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Monkees singles chronology
"Take a Giant Step"
(1966)
"I'm a Believer"
(1966)
"Last Train to Clarksville"
(1966)
"I'm a Believer"
(1966)

"Take a Giant Step" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and released by the American band The Monkees in 1966. It was also covered in 1969 by singer Taj Mahal.

History[edit]

The song was released as the B-side to the band's single "Last Train to Clarksville" and also as the closing track on side 1 of their debut album The Monkees.[1] Micky Dolenz sang the lead vocal.[1]

The song is presented as a plea to a heartbroken girl to move on from her past romantic disappointments, and to "learn to live again at last", by "taking a giant step outside your mind". Critic Eric Lefcowitz describes the song as "proto-psychedelic."[2]

The song was later covered by singer Taj Mahal, in a significantly rearranged version, and included as the title track to his 1969 double album release Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home.[3] It was also covered by Taj Mahal's band Rising Sons on their 1992 self-titled album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planer, L. "Take a Giant Step". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ Lefcowitz, E. (2011). Monkee Business. Retrofuture. pp. 43, 52. ISBN 9780943249018. 
  3. ^ Planer, L. "Giant Step". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-02.