John Fahey is simply one of the most original and expressive guitarists ever. He created the "American Primitive Guitar" genre with his first Takoma Records release in 1959. Fahey's guitar music is actually far from primitive; it is rich and complex, glowing with a deep emotional resonance. Timeless and alternative, John was influenced by the rural country blues traditions of the American South. He also added influences from Indian music and Western 20th-century classical composers like Bartók and Messiaen. This brand-new compilation concentrates on Fahey's best work from his later years at Takoma, presenting many tracks never before available on CD. Also included are three tunes from his long-lost and unreleased Takoma album Azalea City Memories, as well as a long work, "The Fahey Sampler," rare and unheard for many years.