After All - After All

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Akarma Records
Catalog Number: GF161LP
Format: LP
Total Time: 39:50:00

Four people from Tallahassee, Florida decided to grab an opportunity for a one shot deal for a limited time in the studio to see if they could produce an album. It was a thrown together impromptu outing that turned into a viable LP of post psychedelic art-rock. As off the cuff as this entire project started out, they ended up pushing the musical envelope and creating a full blown early progressive rock masterpiece. Perhaps the sense of urgency produced an atmosphere of spontaneity that helped them along. After All was originally released in 1969 by Athena Records.

Bill Moon on vocals sounded just like David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears fame. All folks that are into early BST, Chicago, and early progressive rock will find this to be a fascinating collection of songs covering an amalgam of rock, classical, jazz, and free form cross-bred style of rock music.

This is very mellow music, although it doesn't lack intensity or focus. I am totally amazed at how a group of musicians that hardly ever played together could have made something like this happen successfully. Its one of those times in life that holds all the magic and luck in your favor, and then you capitalize. Anyone who may be in search of the beginnings of prog-rock and the pioneers of that genre, they need to take a good look at his group. This isn't a gatefold LP, but a sheet is enclosed with band information and a cover shot of the album. I really like this format when the gatefold is not offered. Akarma always does a nice job with their presentations. The sound is excellent on this LP, every nuance and subtleness found in the music can be discovered by your discerning ears. This is enjoyable for audiophiles and the casual rock fan in equal measure. This is great collectable music ... and it's all on virgin 180-gram vinyl.

Side One: Intangible She (7:16) / Blue Satin (3:46) / Nothing Left to Do (7:07)

Side Two: And I Will Follow (4:51) / Let It Fly (4:32) / Now What Are You Looking For (3:05) / A Face That Doesn't Matter (4:31) / Waiting (4:23)

Linda Hargrove - lyricist
Bill Moon - bass, vocals
Mark Ellerbee - drums, vocals
Alan Gold - organ, keyboards
Charles Short - guitar

After All (1970/2000)

Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock

Origin US

Added: April 7th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Hits: 1886
Language: english


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