The Best Of John Fahey 1959-1977

John Fahey

The Best Of John Fahey 1959 1977 MP3
  • CAT # TAKCD-8915-25

    1. Sunflower River Blues 3:19
    2. St. Louis Blues 3:16
    3. Poor Boy Long Ways From Home 2:18
    4. When The Springtime Comes Again 4:53
    5. Some Summer Day 3:25
    6. Spanish Dance 2:05
    7. Take A Look At That Baby 1:25
    8. I'm Going To Do All I Can For My Lord 1:24
    9. The Last Steam Engine Train 2:14
    10. In Christ There Is No East Or West 2:43
    11. Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry 3:08
    12. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace 3:16
    13. Revolt Of The Dyke Brigade 3:00
    14. On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean 4:00
    15. Spanish Two-Step 2:19
    16. America 7:40
    17. Fare Forward Voyagers 23:35
    18. Desperate Man Blues 3:58

By the simple act of starting his own record label, Takoma Records, in 1958, John Fahey gave birth to a new musical genre and became the first guitarist-composer. Though his playing is based on ragtime-blues fingerpicking, with the liberal use of riffs from the playing of such blues greats as Charley Patton and Skip James, his methods of composition owe more to modern classical music than the blues. Fahey described this approach as something like "Bartók with syncopation." There is a distinct individuality to the music-it's somehow laden with existential angst, though there's a strong element of religious feeling, too, along with nostalgia for a simpler past. For the original LP, Fahey chose his personal favorites, his definitive performances, many composed while he was still a teenager. For this CD reissue, two of John's long-form guitar pieces--"America" and "Fare Forward Voyagers"-- have been added, as well as his classic "Desperate Man Blues."

Find out more about John Fahey


Guitarist John Fahey's concept of Christmas music was a little different from the norm. The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli… More
Sorry, but no detailed description of this release is currently available. Please click more info for this product’s tracklisting, and other information on this title currently online.
The late John Fahey is simply one of the greatest steel guitarists of the 20th century. As a composer, musicologist, and performer he had few… More
By the time he'd recorded his sixth collection of "American Primitive" guitar instrumentals in 1967, John Fahey was in command of an… More
John Fahey’s first three records were strongly traditional in orientation, though his strong feeling for drama and original arranging touch… More
John Fahey is widely recognized as one of the most influential acoustic guitarists of his generation. His early-60's Takoma records have inspired… More
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… More
In 1971 John Fahey recorded America, one of the most striking albums of his career. But sometime between the time it was recorded and the… More
John Fahey is simply one of the most original and expressive guitarists ever. He created the "American Primitive Guitar" genre with his… More
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… More
There are very few guitarists who have actually invented a genre of guitar playing. Charlie Christian and Chuck Berry are a couple of examples… More
The voice of the turtle is the voice of John Fahey, the guitarist from Takoma Park, Maryland who, in the words of Leo Kottke, "invented the… More