From 1986, AFTER ALL was the follow-up to Bobby Bland's MEMBERS ONLY, which started his long relationship with the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco Records. While not as celebrated as its predecessor, AFTER ALL finds Bland in fine voice throughout.
He works his way through a set comprised primarily of originals by Malaco regular writers such as George Jackson, Robert A. Johnson, and Larry Addison. Recorded at Malaco's own studios as well as at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, producers Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson embellish the songs tastefully--the strings on the title song, arranged by Harrison Calloway, underscore as well as sway. The closing version of "I Stand Accused" is a powerful example of Bland's confident ease with his impassioned and impressive voice.