John Fahey is widely recognized as one of the most influential acoustic guitarists of his generation. His early-60's Takoma records have inspired countless disciples and imitators, but Fahey’s uniquely original imagination and his mastery of traditional styles put him in a class by himself. The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites was Fahey’s third Takoma record and one of his best. The flights of fancy of the original pieces are contrasted with traditional tunes from country blues and old-time Appalachian sources, and the two strains come together on tracks like "Variations on the Coocoo." Fahey’s dark sound, quirky humor, and moody slide work are all in evidence on this release, which also includes four bonus tracks from the original 1964 session, released here for the first time.