John Fahey's recordings spanned four decades and a stylistic range from traditional blues fingerpicking to avant-garde "industrial guitar." But even in a such a widely varied context, Old Fashioned Love was a unique recording. One side consisted of three intricately wrought duos with Woody Mann, a then-precocious youngster who in later years went on to forge his own considerable reputation as a fingerstyle master. Side two was dominated by arrangements for an ensemble of L.A.-based jazz musicians that included such luminaries as Britt Woodman, Joe Darensbourg, and Nick Fatool. Hearing these sophisticates join in on the chorus to "Boodle Am Shake" is delicious fun that only John Fahey could have conceived. The program is rounded out by two solos in Fahey's best "American primitive" style. Sam Charters has contributed entertaining and insightful new notes for this long-awaited reissue.
with Bobby Bruce, Dick Cary, Joe Darensbourg, Nick Fatool, Jack Feierman, Woody Mann, Allan Reuss, John Rotella, Ira Westley, Britt Woodman