John Fahey and many of his contemporaries and fans consider this disc to be his finest work. It contains both the 1963 and 1967 versions of Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes, each of which was originally released as Takoma 1003. The striking differences between the two point up the dramatic stylistic approaches Fahey was exploring during those few short years.
For the ’67 album, ten of the twelve tracks were re-recorded at Sierra Sound in Berkeley. The two titles not re-recorded ("The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill" and "Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain") are included here only once, as they are the original ’63 versions. Also included is the re-recorded "Some Summer Day," which had been omitted from the late-1970s reissue of Death Chants (from the Chrysalis era, TAK-7003).