Taj Mahal
The Rising Sons ♦ Ry Cooder ♦ Jesse Ed Davis 

Note: Mahal & Cooder started this folk/blues group, way ahead of its time.
Tracks for an unreleased album were finally issued in the 90s.

Candy Man / The Devil's Got My Woman
Davis (2:00) / James (3:04)
Columbia 43534, 2/66

Taj Mahal-guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
Ry Cooder-dobro, guitar, mandolin, bottleneck guitar, vocals
Jesse Lee Kincaid-guitar, vocals
Gary Marker-bass
Kevin Kelley-percussion, drums
Produced by: Terry Melcher


I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate¹ / Let The Good Times Roll¹
Piron (2:33) / Lee (2:24)
Columbia 44051, 3/67

E Z Rider³ / Leaving Trunk³
arr Davis (2:41) / Estes (2:47)
Columbia 44405, 12/67


Taj Mahal
Columbia CS-9579
Back Cover

Side One
Leaving Trunk Estes 4:49
Statesboro Blues McTell 2:58
Checkin' Up On My Baby Williamson 4:54
Everybody's Got To Change Sometime Estes 2:56
EZ Rider Mahal 3:03
Side Two
Dust My Broom Johnson 2:37
Diving Duck Blues Estes 2:40
The Celebrated Walkin' Blues Trad 8:52
Taj Mahal-guitar, harp, slide guitar, vocals
Jesse Ed Davis-lead guitar
Gary Gilmore-bass
Sanford Konikoff-drums
Charles Blackwell-drums
Ry Cooder-rhythm, slide guitar
Produced by: David Rubinson


Everybody's Got To Change Sometime³ / Statesboro Blues
Estes (2:48) / arr Mahal (2:59)
Columbia 44476, 3/68

You Don't Miss Your Water ('Till Your Well Runs Dry) / Going Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue
Bell (4:24) / Mahal (3:34)
Columbia 44696, 11/68

Rock 'N' Roll Circus: never aired (filmed 12/11/68)
Taj & group join The Stones & Friends to record TV special—never aired (now on DVD).

The Natch'l Blues
Columbia CS-9698
12/23/68 BB
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UK Cover

Side One
Good Morning Miss Brown Mahal 3:13
Corrina Davis-Mahal 3:00
I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll Mahal 3:16
Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue Mahal 3:34
Done Change My Way Of Living Mahal 7:04
Side Two
She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride) Mahal-Rachell 3:28
The Cuckoo Trad 4:10
You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til You Well Runs Dry) Bell 4:23
Ain't That A Lot Of Love Banks-Parker 4:00
Taj Mahal-guitar, steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals
Jesse Ed Davis-guitar
Gary Gilmore-bass
Chuck Blackwell-drums
Earl Palmer-drums
Al Kooper-piano, organ
Produced by: David Rubinson


Six Days On The Road / Light Rain Blues
Greene-Montgomery (2:59) / Mahal (3:18)
Columbia 45991, 9/69


Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home
Columbia GP-18
11/69 BB
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Giant Step
Side One
Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie Anymo' Davis-Mahal 1:03
Take A Giant Step Goffin-King 4:16
Give Your Woman What She Wants Hirschhorn-Mahal 2:28
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Williamson 3:43
You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond Johnson 4:54
Side Two
Six Days On The Road Greene-Montgomery 2:59
Farther On Down the Road (You Will Accompany Me) Mahal 4:37
Keep Your Hands Off Her Ledbetter-Turner 2:14
Bacon Fat Hudson-Robertson 6:37
De Ole Folks At Home
Side One
Linin' Track Ledbetter 1:38
Country Blues #1 arr Mahal 2:35
Wild Ox Moan Hall-Tartt 2:43
Light Rain Blues Mahal 3:20
A Little Soulful Tune Mahal 2:40
Candy Man Davis 2:53
Cluck Old Hen arr Mahal 2:30
Side Two
Colored Aristocracy arr Mahal 2:00
Blind Boy Rag Mahal 4:08
Stagger Lee Logan-Price 3:19
Cajun Tune Mahal 1:54
Fishin' Blues Thomas-Williams 3:04
Annie's Lover arr Mahal 3:28
Taj Mahal-guitar, steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals
on Giant Step only, with:
Jesse Ed Davis-guitar, organ, piano
Gary Gilmore-bass
Chuck Blackwell-drums
Produced by: David Rubinson


Performance Ry Cooder
Goin' To Brownsville / Available Space
Estes (3:24) / Cooder (2:11)
Reprise 0910, 5/70

Alimony / Pigmeat
Higginbotham-Jones-Young (2:55) / Leadbelly (3:05)
Reprise 0940, 8/70


Jesse Ed Davis
Atco SD 33-346
Back Cover

Side One
Reno Street Incident Davis 4:10
Tulsa Country Polland 2:21
Washita Love Child Davis 3:47
Every Night Is Saturday Night Davis 7:11
Side Two
You Belladonna You Davis 6:29
Rock N Roll Gypsies Tillison 4:14
Golden Sun Goddess Davis 4:48
Crazy Love Morrison 3:36
Jesse Ed Davis-guitar, vocals
Eric Clapton, Joel Scott Hill, Gram Parsons-guitar
John Simon, Leon Russell, Larry Knechtel, Larry Pierce, Ben Sidran-keyboards
Billy Rich, Steve Thompson-bass
Alan White, Chuck Blackwell, Steve Mitchell, Bruce Rowland-drums
Sanford Konikoff, Pete Wadington, Alan Yoshida, Patt Daley, Jackie Lomax-percussion
Darrell Leonard, Frank Mayes, John Ware, Jim Gordon, Jerry Jumonville-horn
Nickey Barclay, Gloria Jones, Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Venetta Field, Bob Jones, Maxine Willard Waters-vocals
Produced by: Jesse Ed Davis

Note: Cover painting by Jesse, too!

Ry Cooder
Reprise RS-6402
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Side One
Alimony Higginbotham-Jones-Young 2:53
France Chance Calicott 2:46
One Meatball Singer-Zaret 2:26
Do-Re-Mi Guthrie 3:01
My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine & Dandelion Wine) Newman 1:44
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live? Reed 2:44
Side Two
Available Space Cooder 2:11
Pigmeat Leadbelly 3:05
Police Dog Blues Blake 2:43
Goin' To Brownsville Estes 3:24
Dark Is The Night Johnson 2:47
Ry Cooder-guitar, mandolin, bass, vocals
Van Dyke Parks-keyboards, arranger
Roy Estrada-bass
and the following uncredited musicians:
Chris Ethridge-bass
Max Bennett-bass
Richard Hayward-drums
Milt Holland-percussion
Bobby Bruce-violin
Gloria Jones-vocals
Kirby Johnson-arranger, conductor
Produced by: Lenny Waronker & Van Dyke Parks

Previews of Past Attractions, short film (14m), 1970,
Van Dyke Parks produced this long music video for Ry's first album. Watch on Vimeo.


Diving Duck Blues / Fishin' Blues
Estes, arr Mahal (3:30) / Thomas, arr Mahal (2:45)
Columbia 45419, 6/71

live recordings, from The Real Thing

The Real Thing
Columbia G-30619
6/71 BB
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Inside Cover

Side One
Fishin' Blues Thomas, arr Mahal 2:45
Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') Blackwell-Davis-Gilmore-Mahal 8:17
Sweet Mama Janisse Mahal 3:35
Side Two
Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue Mahal 3:07
Big Kneed Gal Mahal 4:45
You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond Johnson, arr Mahal 6:15
Side Three
Tom And Sally Drake Mahal 3:23
Diving Duck Blues Estes, arr Mahal 3:30
John, Ain't It Hard Mahal 5:10
Side Four
You Ain't No Street Walker Mama,
   Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff
Mahal 18:56
Taj Mahal-guitar, banjo, national steel guitar, harmonica, chromatic harmonica, fife, whistling, vocals
John Hall-guitar
John Simon-piano
Bill Rich-bass
Greg Thomas-drums
Kwasi "Rocky" DziDzournu-congas
The Howard Johnson Tuba Band:
Howard Johnson-tuba, fluegelhorn, sax
Joseph Daley-tuba, trombone
Earle McIntyre-tuba, trombone
Bob Stewart-tuba, fluegelhorn, trumpet
Produced by: David Rubinson

Note: Recorded live at The Fillmore East, 2/13/71

Washita Love Child³ / Reno Street Incident
Davis (2:50) / Davis (4:07)
Atco 6825, 7/71

Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (Pt 1)³ / Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo') (Pt 2)³
Blackwell-Davis-Gilmore-Mahal (3:09) / Blackwell-Davis-Gilmore-Mahal (2:53)
Columbia 45455, 9/71

edited from Real Thing recording

Happy Just To Be Like I Am
Columbia C-30767
11/71 BB
Back Cover

Inside Cover

Side One
Happy Just To Be Like I Am Mahal 3:52
Chevrolet Mahal-Young-Young 2:38
Stealin' Cannon 7:27
Eighteen Hammers Mahal 6:12
Side Two
Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day Mahal 4:16
Oh Susanna Traditional 5:29
West Indian Revelation (AKA West Indian Reservation) Mahal 6:06
Black Spirit Boogie Mahal 6:36
Taj Mahal-banjo, flute, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, fife, steel guitar, penny whistle, vocals
John Simon-piano
Jesse Ed Davis-guitar
David Coleman-guitar
Billy Rich-bass
James Charles Otey-drums
Howard Johnson-tuba, arranger, sax
Joseph Daley-trombone, tuba
Bob Stewart-tuba, flugelhorn
Earl McIntyre-trombone, tuba
Rocky Dzidzornu-percussion
Andy Narell-steel drums
Hoshal Wright-guitar
Produced by: David Rubinson



Official Taj Mahal web site
Ry Cooder web siteHighly recommended! lists most of Ry's session work


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