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10 Feb 2017

Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder"Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder" 1992 CD US Blues Rock

Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder  " Rising Sons  Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder" 1992 CD US Blues Rock
Their lone single and unreleased album form the core of this 22-track reissue, which features imaginative rearrangements of standards like “Corrine, Corrina,” an obscure Dylan cover (“Walkin’ Down the Line”), rocking originals, a confident performance of Goffin/King’s “Take a Giant Step” (later Mahal’s signature tune), and nifty guitar interplay between Mahal and Cooder throughout. Overall, it sounds a lot more like it belongs in 1967-1968 than 1965-1966. This archival release has value above and beyond historical interest……

No one knew quite what to make of this L.A. band in the mid-'60s, who unbelievably included Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Kevin Kelley (later in the Byrds), and even Ed Cassidy (briefly) in the same lineup. They only managed one single on Columbia before breaking up in 1966, but they also got to lay down an album's worth of unreleased material, which was finally issued over 25 years later. Their languid, bluesy, folksy sort of sound anticipated future recordings by outfits like Moby Grape, Buffalo Springfield, the Grateful Dead, and even the country-rock Byrds........

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.”.....

Rising Sons
*Taj Mahal - Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano
*Ry Cooder - Vocals, 6-string, 12-string, Slide, Bottleneck Guitars, Mandolin
*Jesse Lee Kincaid - Vocals, Guitar
*Gary Marker - Bass
*Kevin Kelley - Drums, Percussion

Statesboro Blues 2:23
If The River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues) 2:41
By And By (Poor Me) 3:31
Candy Man 2:04
2:10 Train 4:09
Let The Good Times Roll 2:43
.44 Blues 3:22
11th Street Overcrossing 2:12
Corrin, Corrina 2:55
Tulsa County 2:42
Walkin' Down The Line 2:13
The Girl With Green Eyes 2:14
Sunny's Dream 3:01
Spanish Lace Blues 2:12
The Devil's Got My Woman 3:05
Take A Giant Step 2:54
Flyin' So High 3:05
Dust My Broom 3:03
Last Fair Deal Gone Down 2:38
Baby, What You Want Me To Do? 2:54
Statesboro Blues (Version 2) 2:24
I Got A Little 2:07 

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