- Gatefold Album Cover, incl Sister Jane

The self-titled "Taï Phong" is the first/debut album by the French / Vietnamese Progressive Rock band, it was released in 1975. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front Cover Photo Of TAI PHONG - Self-Titled

Taï Phong's Self-Titled Debut: A Glimpse into France's Progressive Rock Scene

In the heart of 1970s France, a progressive rock scene was burgeoning, drawing inspiration from British giants like Genesis and King Crimson. Amidst this creative ferment, the self-titled debut album by Taï Phong emerged in 1975, leaving a distinct mark on the musical landscape.

A Fusion of Cultures and Sounds

Taï Phong, meaning "Great Wind" in Vietnamese, reflected the band's multicultural roots. Founded by Vietnamese brothers Khanh Maï and Taï Sinh, the band's lineup also included Jean-Jacques Goldman, who would later become a French music icon. This cultural blend translated into a unique musical fusion. The album seamlessly integrated elements of progressive rock, folk, and even hints of traditional Vietnamese music.

Musical Exploration

The album showcased Taï Phong's penchant for musical exploration. Tracks like "Sister Jane" displayed complex arrangements, shifting time signatures, and extended instrumental passages, all hallmarks of the progressive rock genre. Yet, the band also incorporated acoustic instrumentation and melodic vocals, creating a balance between technicality and accessibility. This approach resonated with both prog rock aficionados and a wider audience.

Controversies and Challenges

Despite the album's artistic merit, it wasn't without its challenges. The band faced skepticism from some quarters of the French music industry, who were perhaps unaccustomed to their eclectic sound and multicultural background. Additionally, the progressive rock genre itself was undergoing shifts in popularity, with punk and new wave movements gaining momentum.

Production and Recording

The album was produced by Jean Musy, a seasoned producer known for his work with French artists. It was recorded at the Château d'Hérouville, a historic studio that had hosted numerous legendary musicians. This combination of experience and ambiance likely contributed to the album's polished sound and cohesive atmosphere.

Commercial Reception

While not an immediate chart-topping success, the album gradually gained recognition and a cult following. Its unique blend of styles and the band's energetic live performances helped them secure a loyal fan base. Over time, the album has been reevaluated and recognized as a significant contribution to French progressive rock.

Featured Song: Sister Jane Explained

In the realm of 1970s progressive rock, Taï Phong's "Sister Jane" stands as a captivating odyssey, showcasing the band's musical prowess and penchant for storytelling. Released on their self-titled debut album in 1975, the song weaves a tapestry of intricate instrumentation, shifting moods, and enigmatic lyrics.

Musical Composition

"Sister Jane" is a prime example of Taï Phong's ability to blend diverse musical elements. The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar arpeggio, setting a melancholic tone. Soon, the rhythm section kicks in, propelling the song forward with a driving beat. The lead guitar weaves in and out, delivering soaring melodies and fiery solos.

The song's structure is marked by dynamic shifts. It transitions seamlessly from introspective verses to explosive choruses, showcasing the band's command of dynamics and arrangement. The use of keyboards adds texture and depth, creating an atmospheric backdrop for the vocals.

Lyrical Ambiguity

The lyrics of "Sister Jane" are shrouded in ambiguity, leaving room for interpretation. The song tells a tale of a mysterious woman named Jane, who seems to embody both allure and danger. The lyrics paint vivid images of nighttime encounters, forbidden desires, and a sense of impending doom. The narrator's relationship with Jane is complex, oscillating between fascination and fear.


The song has been subject to various interpretations. Some see it as a cautionary tale about the dangers of obsession and the allure of the forbidden. Others interpret it as a metaphor for the darker aspects of human nature. The song's open-endedness allows listeners to connect with it on a personal level, drawing their own conclusions about the meaning behind the lyrics.

Listen to "Sister Jane":
Thai Phong's History
Band Description:

The band name Taï Phong means "Great Wind" in Vietnamese. It was chosen by the two founding members of the band, Khanh Maï and Taï Sinh, who were brothers of Vietnamese origin. They formed the band in France in 1975, and were later joined by other musicians, including Jean-Jacques Goldman.

Khanh Maï: He was the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band. He played a significant role in shaping their sound, and was known for his expressive playing and dynamic vocals. Khanh Maï remained the most constant member throughout Taï Phong's various iterations, and even led reunions and later albums.

Taï Sinh: He played bass, guitar, keyboards, and also contributed vocals. His versatility added a lot to the band's musical texture.

Together, the brothers formed the core of Taï Phong, and their shared musical vision laid the foundation for the band's success. They were soon joined by other musicians, including Jean-Jacques Goldman, who would become a major figure in French music.

Jean-Jacques Goldman's career is nothing short of legendary in the French-speaking world. He is considered one of the most successful and influential French musicians of all time. Here's a summary:

Early Days and Taï Phong (1975-1979): Goldman started as a member of the progressive rock band Taï Phong, where he played guitar and keyboards, and occasionally sang. His time in Taï Phong helped him hone his songwriting skills and musicality.

Solo Success (1980s): He embarked on a solo career in the early 1980s, releasing albums like "Démodé" and "Non homologué." These albums were a huge success, with songs like "Quand la musique est bonne" and "Je te donne" becoming massive hits and establishing Goldman as a major star.

Music Genre:

French Progressive Rock

Album  Production information:

The album: "TAI PHONG - S/T Self-Titled Sister Jane FOC" was produced by: Jean Mareska

Record Label Information:

WB Warner Bros Records 56 124

Album Packaging:

Gatefold/FOC (Fold Open Cover) Album Cover Design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram 

Year and Country:

1975 Made in France
Track Listing of: "TAI PHONG - S/T Self-Titled Sister Jane FOC"

The Songs/tracks on "TAI PHONG - S/T Self-Titled Sister Jane FOC" are

  1. For Years and Years (Cathy)
  2. Out of the NIght
  3. FIelds of Gold
  4. Going Away
  5. Sister Jane
  6. Crest

TAI PHONG - Self-Titled High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of TAI PHONG - Self-Titled
Front Cover Photo Of TAI PHONG - Self-Titled


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover TAI PHONG - Self-Titled
Photo of album back cover TAI PHONG - Self-Titled


Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve TAI PHONG - Self-Titled
Photo One Of The Original Custom Inner Sleeve TAI PHONG - Self-Titled


Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve TAI PHONG - Self-Titled
Photo Two of the original custom inner sleeve  TAI PHONG - Self-Titled


Close up of record's label TAI PHONG - Self-Titled Side One:
Close up of record's label TAI PHONG - Self-Titled Side One

Record Label Details: WB Records 56 124 ℗ 1975 Warner Bros Records, SACEM