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Days Have Gone By [Original recording remastered]

John Fahey Audio CD
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John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitivism, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist ... Read more in Amazon's John Fahey Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00005NHHP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The revolt of the Dyke Brigade
2. Impressions of Susan
3. Joe Kirby blues
4. Night train of Valhalla
5. The Portland cement factory at Monolith, California
6. A raga called Pat - Part One
7. A raga called Pat - Part Two
8. My shepherd will supply my needs
9. My grandfathers clock
10. Days have gone by
11. We would be building

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5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the great Takomas 11 Oct 2001
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Released in America in the same year as Sgt Pepper, and finally - finally! - released in the UK, the last of the great Takoma albums by Fahey to make it on to cd, and of course it's worth the wait. here's the dancing, intoxicating Impressions of Susan. Here's maybe his greatest composition The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California - steely, menacing, like a train that won't stop. Here's the stunning meditation My Shepherd will Supply My Needs - even people who don't like Fahey like this one, all 8 minutes. The first Raga is splendid, the second is a sound collage experiment which is...uh, experimental. It's a great album by Fahey in his prime (aged 28).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some More Classic Fahey 13 Jun 2012
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This album contains some of Fahey's finest moments. The first five tracks, by accident or design I don't know, for me make up a succinct suite, each one leading neatly into the next despite being quite different. One of them, 'Joe Kirby's Blues', is a classic Fahey blues number, utterly desolate but uplifting at the same time. The first part of 'A Raga Called Pat' is an excellent exploratory number, but the next part (which used to start side two of the LP) is a baffling sound collage that doesn't work. The following guitar pieces are nice but not outstanding. It's altogether a bit patchy, but there's enough superb Fahey guitar here to merit four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fahey's best recording 14 Dec 2003
By Dr Tathata - Published on
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I love this album. It is one of my favorite recordings of all time. When I had the lp, which I acquired from a little record store in Takoma Park two doors down from the gas station were Fahey used to pump gas as a teenager and sell his own pressed copies of his first recording, Blind Joe Death--I literally wore it out. By that time, his recordings were out of print, and I had to wait decades for a re-release on CD. Oh happy day! He achieved his creative zenith with this recording, and moved off in different directions, never as compelling as his earlier work. Night Train to Valhalla, The Portland Cement Factory, and others are so fully realized that it is as if he is speaking a long forgotten language, his guitar lines forming complete sentences. I last saw him perform in 1977, at the Cellar Door, and he came on stage wordlessly, sat, assumed a posture not unlike a Picasso painting, and played guitar for the next two hours without ever pausing or stopping. Hypnotic. Trance inducing. His Raga named Pat saga continues, as well. A fascinating concept to draw out a piece of music, like a Triptych, across many recordings. A must have. At the time this recording was released, one could never have imagined the sad manner in which his story would end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is Fahey at his very best. 19 Dec 2001
By Chris - Published on
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After having heard most every other Fahey recording out there, including the epic "America", "Volume IV", "The Voice of the Turtle", and his first record, I thought I had heard the very best of John Fahey's output. "Days Have Gone By", in my view, surpasses all of those, and it's Fahey's most personal and most beautiful work. This record, first issued on Takoma in 1967, is unique in Fahey's repetoire for its gorgeous use of reverb, as well as for the subtle harmonic details evoked from Fahey's guitar. On "Days Have Gone By", Fahey created a landscape of sounds simultaneously intimate and vast, incorporating at points train calls and various abstract sampled sounds (sort of akin to what he did on "Requia", but more understated), and at others dipping into the eastern-tinged playing more familiar to "Fare Forward Voyagers". At the bottom of all of this is, of course, Fahey's fantastic blend of classical technique and love of blues/folk/mountain music, played not so much with the pyrotechnical fervor that can be found on some of Fahey's recordings as with the subdued charm of a guitarist quietly possessed. This may be thought of as "otherworldly" music to some, but I think of "Days Have Gone By" as a kind of testament to the beauty and mystery of this life, and I'm delighted to see it's been reissued for everybody to experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 16 Dec 2003
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This is my favorite album of all time. I have never heard more beautiful or haunting music. I heard this album for the first time when I was five, and I must have heard it a thousand times since then, but it continues to be fascinating. My dad once said that this is the music you would hear after the world ended. And he's right. Fahey's music sounds organic, like it came from the earth, not from the hands or mind of a person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening for all Fahey fans 8 July 2008
By Robert R. Werner - Published on
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Days Have Gone By, Volume 6, is essential to anyone interested in Fahey's music. Released in the mid-60's, Days presents Fahey at the top of his game, each song a perfectly crafted representation of the fingerpicking guitar style he invented and then repeatedly refined over his career.

This one is a personal favorite of many of his fans, this reviewer included. Based on the themes of country blues, ragtime, hillbilly, classical, etc., Fahey managed to come up with something totally unique, and owned the style as all great musicians do.

I should also add the recording itself adds to an overall feeling of mystery and exploration, as though this is music heard a long time ago and far away. There is a recurring theme of travel and movement, as though Fahey's journey's were not only physical, exploring various American landscapes (note the train sound effects in A Raga Called Pat), but also reflective of a restless mind seeking some type of enlightenment.

This is deep, dark, powerful music best heard late at night, with total connection between the artist and listener.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the great Fahey 60's works - Fans will like it 21 Aug 2001
By rash67 - Published on
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Finally, the last of the great Fahey Takoma albums from the 60's has been released! (I can retire my old scratchy LP). Fahey fans will be astounded again by this very consistently good ablum. That having been said, be warned it is less folky and melodic and more experimental, in a gentle sense, than, say his "Dance of Death".

When John did this, he was deeply involved in the experimental music of the day (John Cage, Beatles etc). This one is highly listenable, standout "hits" - if that word can be used about Faheys recordings, are "The Revolt of the Dyke Brigade" - a slide guitar piece, one of his best, and the darkish expresssionist "Portland Cement Factory at Monolith".

The "Raga called Pat" is a precursor of New Age Music, nature sounds, recorded sometimes too close, for comedic effect, with guitar in the background. In the title track, Fahey plays while a group of drunks comment on the music.

And as a contrast - a hymn - followed by a two guitar version of the happy "My Grandfathers Clock" with Fahey's amazing patented clockwork thumb bass going in one direction while the melody, syncopated with the other fingers, hops all around the beat!

Enjoyable - finally available - Performance gets 4 1/2 stars, slightly murky recording gets 3, under my tough grading system. See my updated list of Fahey Favorites now that all the good stuff is available!
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