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444. David and the Giants – David and the Giants

DAVID AND THE GIANTS (1982)

David and the Giants

OK. I’m not supposed to like this record. There is nothing cool, edgy, hip and “artsy” about David Huff and his related brood of merry men. Not a touch of angst in nary a groove and even the name is corny and not nearly self-aware enough. These guys love Jesus and aren’t ashamed of it and that just doesn’t sit well with many a critic.

Many believe that this album was their debut. The truth of the matter is they were not a Christian band when they first formed in the mid-1960’s despite choosing the present moniker for their name after their first incarnation as “Little David and the Giants”. The name changes a few years later as a new drummer was added to the group named Keith Thibedeaux. Thibedeaux is best remembered as the youngster that played “Little Ricky” on the “I Love Lucy” show.

They did have some moderate success before all of them converted to Christianity sometime in the mid-70’s. They released several independent Christian records until Priority Records signed them for this “debut.” Priority was a CBS owned label that signed Christian bands to bridge the gap between genres. Artists included Carman, Mylon Lefevere and a host of other very successful Christian acts in the early 80’s.

This album combined a Southern Rock with Northern soul and corporate pop/rock (Styx, Foreigner), replete with a full horn section and consistent string arrangements. Lyrics were common Christian fair including conservative politics, evangelism and the popular “rapture” content. Like the band Servant at the same time there was a strong emphasis in clear lyrical direction, evangelistic ministry and top-notch live performances.

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Saw them live in a church in Lakeland, Florida during college on a weekend getaway trip.
    The performance of Noah was attention getting back in the day.

  2. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Saw them perform a couple times. One was in a little Pentecostal church out in the middle of nowhere. Probably 100 people altogether…but the power of God showed up like I had never seen before. Every person was at the altar weeping and seeking God at a greater level. It was something I will never forget. These guys were as genuine as it gets.

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Never really cared for David and the Giants but if I’m lucky enough to track this one down I’ll give it a go.

  4. Jon
    March 10, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I probably saw them 6 or 8 times over the years, and my experience was much the same as Dave H’s, at every show. Just genuine guys who loved God and did their best to bring people closer to Him.

  5. Greenchili
    May 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Ahhhh syrupy goodness at it’s finest.. How dare you put this back to back to “Sin” by Poor Old Lu… It’s like a system shock switching between those two ablums.. lol

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