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MAHAL– GIANT STEP / DE OLD
FOLKS AT HOME - ORIGINAL 1969 COLUMBIA RECORDS STEREO 2-LP SET
(DOUBLE ALBUM) GP-18
[PLEASE NOTE: WHILE THIS DOUBLE ALBUM MAY LOOK LIKE ONE OF THOSE
"TWOFER" REISSUES (TWO ALBUMS ON ONE 2-LP SET), THIS, IN FACT, IS HOW
THE TWO SESSIONS WERE ORIGINALLY RECORDED AND RELEASED; ONE SESSION ON EACH
RECORD OF THIS 2-LP SET]
*** STILL SEALED GUARANTEED
ORIGINAL FIRST PRESSING ***
BELIEVED TO BE PRESSED ON THE ORIGINAL RED
AND WHITE "360 STEREO" COLUMBIA LABEL
THE THICKNESS OF THE
VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER
PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE
ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
ORIGINAL GATEFOLD COVER, MADE OF THICK CARDBOARD (AMERICAN
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
(►PLEASE SEE THE
IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This
is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
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." Enthusiasts should note that while
specious fidelity accompanied seminal pressings of De Ole Folks at Home -- the
previously mentioned "unplugged" counterpart to Giant Step -- the
sound on the CD has been significantly improved. 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.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY LINDSAY PLANER, ALL MUSIC
THIS IS A
(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL
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THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED
AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to
be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our
policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE
READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
The records are apparently pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible
vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually,
the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even
dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital
The records are believed to come in its original stock inner sleeve.
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
COVER IS NEAR MINT, STILL
SEALED AND COVERED IN ITS ORIGINAL ►SHRINK WRAP (A LARGE PIECE OF SHRINK WRAP - ABOUT 20% -
IS MISSING, BUT THE ALBUM IS STILL VISIBLY SEALED AND INTACT)
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has JUST A HINT of ring wear (nothing significant) in
one area not covered by the shrink wrap (nothing significant); On the scale
from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and 10
being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 1.
Cover shows JUST A HINT of yellowing on both sides,
apparently from aging.
Cover has one corner slightly worn / dinged (nothing
NO OTHER IMPERFECTIONS
ON THE COVER:
No split seams
No cut-out (drill) holes.
No cut-out corners
No saw-marks or indents
No dirt/dust rubbing stains (friction marks caused by rubbing against
No tearing: no chips, dents or nicks on the seams
No peel-off marks
No mold or mildew spots
No stickers or labels
No water damage
No razor marks, scratches, pressure marks, lines, streaks, or cuts.
No wax, glue, paint or liquid drops on the cover
No glue traces or wax residue.
No bar codes
No RIAA stamps or stickers.
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