After the Ball (album)
|After the Ball|
|Studio album by John Fahey|
|Recorded||1971–1973 at United/Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA|
|Producer||John Fahey, Denny Bruce|
|John Fahey chronology|
After the Ball is an album by American folk musician John Fahey, released in 1973. It was his second and last recording on the Reprise label and like its predecessor, Of Rivers and Religion, it sold poorly.
Following in the same mold as Fahey's debut with Reprise, Of Rivers and Religion, accompanists were used on most of the material. Denny Bruce was once again co-producer and many of the musicians were the same. Jack Feierman again wrote the ensemble arrangements. Like Of Rivers and Religion, the Dixieland-style jazz danceband numbers were unlike anything else Fahey had done before. Following the fulfillment of the two-album contract and lackluster sales, Fahey was released from Reprise and went back to recording for his own Takoma label.
Speaking of both Of Rivers and Religion and After the Ball in a 1998 interview for The Wire, Fahey recalled, "I don't understand why they got bad reviews. It's like every time I wanted to do something other than play guitar I got castigated."
"Bucktown Stomp" is an adaptation of "Smoketown Strut" by blues guitar player Sylvester Weaver. The version of "Candy Man" here is based on the Reverend Gary Davis' version. Fahey later re-recorded "Hawaiian Two-Step" as "Spanish Two-Step".
|Robert Christgau||A− |
In his Allmusic review, critic Jeff Schwachter wrote "...the album suffers from too many mood swings. Individually, however, the tunes are strong and the arrangements very accessible and light." and "The album cover and even the selected tunes and titles are cuttingly funny, but the songs themselves are played warmly and delivered with care, heartfelt arrangements, and a slightly satirical sentimentality."
Music critic Robert Christgau stated "I'd rather listen to this collection of standards and acoustic blues and rag inventions than any rock record this side of the Allmans and the New York Dolls. Conditionally guaranteed."
In a review of the reissue, music critic Thom Jurek called it "...a more up-tempo affair steeped in the Delta blues and in wildly varying New Orleans and bluegrass music."
- "Horses" (Fahey) – 2:07
- "New Orleans Shuffle" (Bill Whitmore) – 3:17
- "Beverly" (Fahey) – 4:48
- "Om Shanthi Norris" (Fahey) – 5:49
- "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" (Billy Taylor, Dick Dallas, Fahey) – 2:35
- "When You Wore a Tulip (And I Wore a Big Red Rose)" (Percy Wenrich, Jack Mahoney) – 2:33
- "Hawaiian Two-Step" (Fahey) – 2:39
- "Bucktown Stomp" (Fahey) – 2:14
- "Candy Man" (Reverend Gary Davis) – 1:26
- "After the Ball" (Charles K. Harris, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 3:39
- John Fahey – guitar
- Chris Darrow – guitar, fiddle
- Joel Druckman – double bass
- Dick Cary – piano, horn
- Joe Darensbourg – clarinet
- Jack Feierman – trumpet
- Peter Jameson – guitar
- John Rotella – saxophone
- Allen Reuse – banjo, mandolin, ukulele
- Britt Woodman – trombone
- John Fahey – producer
- Denny Bruce – producer
- Jack Feierman – arranger
- Doug Decker – engineer
- Richie Unterberger – reissue liner notes
- Sherman Weisburg – photography
- Unterberger, Richie. "Of Rivers and Religion 2001 reissue liner notes". Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved March 2009.
- Pouncey, Edwin (August 1998). "Blood on the Frets". The Wire (174). Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- Schwachter, Jeff. "After the Ball > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2009.
- Christgau, Robert. "After the Ball > Review". Retrieved March 4, 2010.
- Jurek, Thom. "Of Rivers and Religion/After the Ball > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2009.