Fahey never played better than here, on "America". He'd been doing it for over ten years, and this is his eleventh album. His control of every syncopated nuance, each intended silence, his melodic precision and emotional range are still quite startling. This is probably not the best place to start with Fahey - try "The Yellow Princess" or "Death Chants" - but fans cherish every note. It was originally recorded as a double album but released as a single album, so this cd re-release provided the opportunity to restore the missing half, which contains the magnificent "Dalhart Texas 1967". Such fingerpicking you never did hear! So yes, it's great, but I do have one problem. The long "Mark 1:15" introduced the concept of the recycled song, in which Fahey remakes one of his snappy old tunes into something a lot longer and looser - a "tone poem", you could call it. In ensuing years Fahey fans had to put up with more than a few of these remakes. Myself I would have preferred a new tune every time. But I'm just a slave driver. I shouldn't complain. If you like Fahey you'll be buying "America" whatever it says here.