Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder

Perhaps one of the most intriguing and unknown collaborations of the mid-60’s, Rising Sons was supposed to be the ‘next big thing’ to hit the music scene.  Composed of blues legend Taj Mahal and roots guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder, Rising Sons should have been an explosive introduction for these two legendary musicians.  Despite being known for their rollicking club performances throughout the Los Angeles club scene, the band’s initial Columbia debut flopped.  Rising Sons was never seen or heard from again in this form and was subsequently buried deep in the Columbia archive in 1966.

The music on the album is a unique blend of brawny swamp blues, loose folk arrangements, and Beatles-esque pop sensibilities.  If you are interested in hearing where legendary jam acts such as The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band drew their inspirations from, look no further.  The collection of songs presented here suggest to be the missing link between Beatlemania and the heavy electric blues explosion of 1969.  This timing just wasn’t right on this amazing release and missed huge commercial success just by a matter of months.  Fortunately, Taj and Ry continued (and still continue) to make music, and we are lucky enough to hear where they got their start.  AllMusicGuide claims, “This archival release has value above and beyond historical interest.”

Don’t forget to take the jump and enjoy!

Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
01. Statesboro Blues
02. If The River Was Whiskey (Divin’ Duck Blues)
03. By And By (Poor Me)
04. Candy Man
05. 2:10 Train
06. Let The Good Times Roll
07. .44 Blues
08. 11th Street Overcrossing
09. Corrina, Corrina
10. Tulsa County
11. Walkin’ Down The Line
12. The Girl With Green Eyes
13. Sunny’s Dream
14. Spanish Lace Blues
15. The Devil’s Got My Woman
16. Take A Giant Step
17. Flyin’ So High
18. Dust My Broom
19. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
20. Baby, What You Want Me To Do?
21. Statesboro Blues (Version 2)
22. I Got A Little


~ by cdowell4 on May 3, 2010.

One Response to “Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder”

  1. My favorite song on this whole album is “Candy Man”. It has been an anthem for me.

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