This Elemental Music release presents After the Rain, Muddy Waters’ sixth studio album and a follow-up to the previous Electric Mud. Both albums feature the talented Otis Spann on piano and Phil Upchurch on guitar. However, unlike Electric Mud, After the Rain contains mostly original compositions by Waters, and the songs, while still distorted, are less overtly psychedelic. Released in May 1969 by Cadet Concept Records (Chess sub-label for experimental rock and more adventurous music) this masterpiece is full of raw Chicago blues, with psychedelic, fuzzy guitars and groovy bass lines, combined with the gruff, heartfelt tones of Muddy Waters.
01. I AM THE BLUES
02. RAMBLIN’ MIND
03. ROLLIN’ AND TUMBLIN’
04. BOTTOM OF THE SEA
05. HONEY BEE
06. BLUES AND TROUBLE
07. HURTING’ SOUL
08. SCREAMIN’ AND CRYIN’
Muddy Waters: Vocals, Lead Guitar on: Side 1-Track 3, Side 2-Tracks 1, 2 & 4, Phil Upchurch: Guitar, Morris Jennings: Drums, Otis Spann: Piano, Louis Satterfield: Bass, Pete Cosey: Guitar, Charles Stepney: Organ, Paul Oscher: Harmonica.
Recorded:Ter Mar Studios, January, 1969
Engineer: Stu Black Re-mix production: T.T. Swan Produced by Marshall Chess, Charles Stepney, Gene Barge Album design: Hurvis, Binzer & Churchill, Inc. Photographs: Victor Skrebneski.