When I discovered this CD I was already a big fan of Taj Mahal, counting his album The Natch'l Blues as a must have in my collection, so I bought the Rising Sons album more as a set completer than anything else. When I first listened to it I found myself a bit distracted by the rather rudimentary recording quality and I didn't really concentrate on the songs. It was very nearly put to the back of the cupboard to remain as a museum piece but for some reason I resisted that temptation and played it occasionally. I found that the more I played it the more it's own charm shone through and the more I liked some of the tracks. It is an odd album in some ways because there are some out and out blues tracks (the ones that I prefer) but also a few misplaced tracks that sound more like Beatles rip offs than anything else. In that respect the album doesn't hang together that well but for me, at least, there is enough of merit to justify it's inclusion in my collection.
I can't say it is a must have, in terms of what it gives musically, but for any Taj Mahal fan it is an interesting add on once the rest of the collection is in place. I will say it is an interesting listen.