John Fahey

John Fahey - The Voice of the Turtle (1968) {Takoma CDTAK 1019 rel 1996}

John Fahey - The Voice of the Turtle (1968) {Takoma CDTAK 1019 rel 1996}
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© 1968, 1996 Fantasy / Takoma Records | CDTAK 1019
Folk / Blues / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

Like some of John Fahey's other projects in the '60s, this was actually recorded and assembled over a few years, and primarily composed of duets with various other artists (including overdubs with his own pseudonym, "Blind Joe Death"). One of his more obscure early efforts, Voice of the Turtle is both listenable and wildly eclectic, going from scratchy emulations of early blues 78s and country fiddle tunes to haunting guitar-flute combinations and eerie ragas. "A Raga Called Pat, Part III" and "Part IV" is a particularly ambitious piece, its disquieting swooping slide and brief bits of electronic white noise reverb veering into experimental psychedelia. Most of this is pretty traditional and acoustic in tone, however, though it has the undercurrent of dark, uneasy tension that gives much of Fahey's '60s material its intriguing combination of meditation and restlessness.
John Fahey - The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions (1966) {Takoma TAKCD-6508-2 rel 2000}

John Fahey - The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions (1966) {Takoma TAKCD-6508-2 rel 2000}
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© 1966, 2000 Takoma Records / Fantasy | TAKCD-6508-2
Folk / Blues / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

Few guitarists, even ones leaning toward the eccentric, would dream of pasting together a 19-minute instrumental out of various improvisations. But John Fahey is on his own planet, and he assured that fingerstyle guitar would never be the same when he issued The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party on his own Takoma label in 1966. The album features Fahey's more experimental explorations on the guitar between 1962 and 1966, ranging from solo guitar on "Guitar Excursions Into the Unknown" to the eerie organ accompaniment on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) (1973) {Takoma CDTAK 7035 rel 2007}

John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) (1973) {Takoma CDTAK 7035 rel 2007}
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© 1973, 2007 Takoma / Concord Music | CDTAK 7035
Folk / Blues / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

This early-'70s effort by the great fingerpicking solo guitarist actually defies what has come to be known as the "Swami Satchidananda rule for guitarists." Without naming any names, it has been observed in the past that when a guitarist decides to make a recording in tribute to the Swami – who was quite the subject of idolatry in this time period among certain performers – the results are usually among the worst in that artist's discography. Not so for Fahey, who didn't strike most of his fans as the type who would want to have a guru, anyway.
John Fahey - Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes (1963, 1967) {Takoma TAKCD-8908-2 rel 1998}

John Fahey - Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes (1963, 1967) {Takoma TAKCD-8908-2 rel 1998}
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© 1963, 1967, 1998 Takoma / Fantasy | TAKCD-8908-2
Folk / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

Fahey recorded two versions of this album, one in 1963, the other in 1967; this deluxe reissue gives you both! This was his second album, and the first to get any kind of distribution (the re-record benefits from better fidelity); with compositions like When the Springtime Comes Again; Some Summer Day , and the epic America , it's essential.
John Fahey - The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (1964) {Takoma TAKCD-8909-2 rel 1999}

John Fahey - The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (1964) {Takoma TAKCD-8909-2 rel 1999}
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© 1964, 1999 Takoma / Fantasy | TAKCD-8909-2
Folk / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

The title The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites might lead some to believe that this is a collection of public-domain items that go back to the Deep South of the 19th century. However, while this 1964 session does contain a song titled "Dance of Death," most of the material (including that tune) was written by Fahey himself in the early '60s. So an intriguing title is simply that: an intriguing title. Nonetheless, Fahey's music does have strong southern roots. Unaccompanied, the acoustic guitarist/instrumentalist demonstrates his love of African-American blues as well as the Anglo-American country, folk, and hillbilly music of Appalachia.

John Fahey - Days Have Gone By (1967) {Takoma CDTAK 6509}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at June 23, 2017
John Fahey - Days Have Gone By (1967) {Takoma CDTAK 6509}

John Fahey - Days Have Gone By (1967) {Takoma CDTAK 6509}
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© 1967, 2001 Takoma / Fantasy | CDTAK 6509
Folk / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

Sam Graham once referred to Fahey as the "curmudgeon of the acoustic guitar," while producer Samuel Charters noted that Fahey "was the only artist I ever worked with whose sales went down after he made public appearances." This tumultuous spirit, in turn, made tumultuous music on albums like Days Have Gone By, filled with odd harmonics, discord, and rare beauty. The esoteric titles like "Night Train of Valhalla" stand beside more abrasive ones like "The Revolt of the Dyke Brigade."

John Fahey - Guitar Anthology  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by IrGens at May 21, 2017
John Fahey - Guitar Anthology

John Fahey - Guitar Anthology by John Fahey
English | April 1, 2016 | ISBN: 1495036030 | EPUB | 114 pages | 24.9 MB
John Fahey - The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (1965) {Takoma-Fantasy CDTAK 7015 rel 1997}

John Fahey - The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (1965) {Takoma-Fantasy CDTAK 7015 rel 1997}
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© 1965, 1997 Takoma / Fantasy | CDTAK 7015
Folk / Contemporary Folk / Finger-Picked Guitar / Folk Jazz / Folk-Blues / Progressive Folk

A strange man, John Fahey, with an unusual set of guitar styles. This album, originally released on Riverboat Records and later reissued by Fahey's own Takoma label, has a lot of rough edges in terms of the recording but a tremendous amount of power when it comes to the music. Fahey was at the top of his game, alternately playful and dark, so there's never a dull moment. There is always something new to be heard on each playing.

John Fahey - The Legend of Blind Joe Death (1996)  Music

Posted by TmanHome at Aug. 7, 2015
John Fahey - The Legend of Blind Joe Death (1996)

John Fahey - The Legend of Blind Joe Death (1996)
Folk, Avant-garde | MP3 320 kbps CBR | Scans | 75 min | 175 MB
Label: Takoma | Rel: 1996

The saga of Blind Joe Death is an extremely confusing one, for those listeners who haven't been following Fahey's career from the beginning. In short: Fahey originally recorded Blind Joe Death in 1959, in an extremely rare, self-released edition of less than 100 copies. Though few heard it, his debut album was a groundbreaker on the acoustic folk scene in its unusually experimental approach to blues and folk styles, though its innovations sound relatively tame when compared to the best of Fahey's subsequent work. Fahey reissued the album in 1964 on Takoma, re-recording some of the cuts, and dropping one selection ("West Coast Blues"). In 1967, when the album was issued for the stereo market, Fahey re-recorded the entire album from scratch, resulting in performances of the exact same new material, but with improved fidelity and technique.
John Fahey - Return of the Repressed: The John Fahey Anthology (1994)

John Fahey - Return of the Repressed: The John Fahey Anthology (1994)
Blues, Folk, Country | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 148 min | 340 MB
Label: Rhino | Rel: 1994

Back in the 1960s, when fingerpicking folk guitarists were a dime a dozen, John Fahey stood out for several reasons. For one thing, his sense of humor was sophisticated and unfashionably cynical for the period (this is the guy, remember, who simultaneously celebrated the blues tradition and ridiculed his own blues pretensions by adopting the nom de plume of "Blind Joe Death"). But most of all, he possessed absolutely astounding chops, and made no attempt to hide his superior guitar skills despite a pop music climate which was much kinder to earnest amateurism than to hard-earned virtuosity. Since that period, though, his profile has stayed pretty low.