I’ve owned 100’s of blues records going back to the early 70’s when I was a Kid. Currently, in 2015, I don’t own many by strict definition. Like a number of genres I truly love, I simply don’t feel the need to horde the blues. One piece of wax I’d never part with though, is a critically maligned joint called After The Rain by Muddy Waters (his sixth LP, cut at Chess in 1969). This was the follow up to the famous and thoroughly dumped on Electric Mud (wicked) also through the Chess Records stable. Excessive raunch and fuzz guitars shaped up both LPs, and were considered “disrespectful” to the original masters of the blues. What’s good for the former is good for the latter I guess; works for me, didn’t sell worth a tinkers’ at the time.
BOTTOM OF THE SEA by MUDDY WATERS from After the Rain
Part of the psych-funk charm of After The Rain lays with the Godlike prowess of two of the most devastating guitar talents in Chi-town, Phil Upchurch and Pete Cosey; go ahead, do some research, I dare ya. Literally five minutes ago, as a young dude in my shop was hanging onto a copy of Dead Meadow’s Howls From The Hills, he turned around to me as “Bottom Of The Sea” was red lining on the system and asked if I had a copy of “this” for sale? Nope, ”pretty rare” I replied. The dude bought the copy of Electric Mud I just got back in stock last week. What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander. I love you McKinley Morganfield, you are with the Gods. – JOHN
I AM THE BLUES by MUDDY WATERS from After the Rain
(John Westhaver is the owner/operator of one of the world’s finest record shops; Birdman Sound. This is the place you go to find the stuff you can’t find anywhere else. This shop feels more curated by music guides who want to widen your musical horizons, than sell you shit that will just collect dust on your shelf or clog up your smartphone. Pretty much exclusively vinyl, Birdman Sound has been helping us stay connected with the bands the mall stores just don’t give a fuck about, and he’s been at it for 25 years now. Check out Birdman Sound here. John also plays with a fantastic free-flowing psych-rock band known as The Band Whose Name is a Symbol (TBWNIS) who have recording and released 8 vinyl only LPs in 6 years. This is a seriously good friggin’ band and you should check out their stuff here.)