The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death

John Fahey

The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death
  • CAT # TAKCD-6504-25

    1. Beautiful Linda Getchell 1:50
    2. Orinda-Moraga 3:55
    3. I Am The Resurrection 2:53
    4. On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean 4:00
    5. Tell Her To Come Back Home 2:40
    6. My Station Will Be Changed After While 2:02
    7. 101 Is A Hard Road To Travel 2:17
    8. How Green Was My Valley 2:15
    9. Bicycle Built For Two 1:16
    10. The Death Of The Clayton Peacock 2:52
    11. Brenda's Blues 1:45
    12. Old Southern Medley 6:08
    13. Come Back Baby 2:20
    14. Poor Boy 2:25
    15. Saint Patrick's Hymn

It's hard to say which is the greatest and most influential recording by the man who invented the modern concept of the guitarist/composer and the industry behind it after all John Fahey has made about 35 records over a 40-year career. But quite a few fans, including guitarist Leo Kottke, mention this mid-1960s recording as their favorite. Not only was The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death, originally issued by tiny Riverboat Records, beautifully packaged with the weird alchemist and all the tiny hand-drawn skulls on the cover, it included a lengthy hand-lettered booklet of Fahey's typical hilarious, sophomoric, and paranoid ramblings and some of Fahey's strongest playing and most interesting compositions and interpretations. As on his other early records Fahey managed to combine country blues, ragtime, string band sounds, Indian classical music, and novelty tunes into his own unique, influential, and integrated style.

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