Band members               Related acts

- Darrell Devlin - vocals, drums, percussion

- Bob Gay - bass

- W. David Mohr - vocals, keyboards, woodwinds, trumpet

- Harry Vavela - vocals, lead guitar



- none known 





Genre: psych

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  After the Storm

Company: GNP Crescendo

Catalog: GNPS 2049

Year: 1968

Country/State: L.A., California

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: original inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4221

Price: $80.00

Cost: $20.00


It's albums like this that make collecting such a kick for us.  This set's not what you'd term a mega collectable, nor does it carry a through-the-roof price tag.  That said, carrying an affordable price, it's one of our favorite recent discoveries !!!  


So what do we know about this quartet?  Not much.  The line-up consisted of 

drummer Darrell Devlin, bass player Bob Gay, keyboardist W. David Mohr  and lead guitarist Harry Vavela.  At least one reference work says they were from Los Angeles. Beats us ....


1968's "After the Storm" is somewhat of a rarity in that it's a self-produced debut.  Not surprisingly most labels are reluctant to allow a new band to handle their own production duties, so GNP Crescendo must have had considerable confidence in these guys.  Largely written by keyboardist Mohr, the album's fairly diverse with the band taking on a variety of genres (sometimes within the same song).  "Love Allusions" and "4 Leaf Clover" are fairly conventional pop pieces.  Sounding somewhat out of place on the album, the title track instrumental boasts an exceptionally pretty (if pseudo-MOR-ish) melody.  They're cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You" stands as one of the lamest versions we've ever encountered.  At least to our ears the group's at their best when pursuing a heavier sound.  Along those lines, propelled by Vavela's fuzz-drenched leads, album highlights include the bluesy and lyrically weird "The Ballad of Captain Bob and the Good Ship Venus" and the thoroughly stoned "Does You Head Need Straightening?".   Add in plenty of sound effects (it sounds like they had fun cutting the album), and there's enough entertainment value to make the album worthwhile.  This seems to be the quartet's only recording, though the liner notes make reference to a planned follow-on entitled "The Music Maker".  Guess that was little more than wishful thinking on their part ...

"After the Storm" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Debby's Party (instrumental)   (Debby's Friends) - 

2.) The Ballad of Captain Bob and the Good Ship Venus   (Bob Gay - Darrell Devlin)

3.) Love Allusions   (W. David Mohr) - 

4.) Milk and Honey Lovin'   (W. David Mohr) - 

5.) I Just Want To Make Love To You   (Willie Dixon) - 

6.) 4 Leaf Clover   (W. David Mohr) - 

7.) Prelude To the "Music Makers Concerto"   (W. David Mohr) - 


(side 2)

1.) Does You Head Need Straightening?   (W. David Mohr) - 

2.) Midnight Candle   (W. David Mohr) - 

3.) Mary Lou   (W. David Mohr) - 

4.) Everything's Cool   (W. David Mohr) - 

5.) After the Storm (instrumental)   (W. David Mohr) - 



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