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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 (30 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000023ZX0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunflower River Blues
2. When The Springtime Comes Again
3. Stomping Tonight On The Pennsylvania/Alabama Border
4. Some Summer Day
5. On the Beach at Waikiki
6. Spanish Dance
7. John Henry Variations
8. The Downfall Of The Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill
9. Take A Look At That Baby
10. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Phillip XIV Of Spain
11. America
12. Episcopal Hymn
13. Sunflower River Blues
14. When The Springtime Comes Again
15. Stomping Tonight On The Pennsylvania Border/Alabama Border
16. Some Summer Day
17. On the Beach at Waikiki
18. Spanish Dance
19. John Henry Variations
20. Take A Look At That Baby
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
The late John Fahey's musical style is a little difficult to describe to those unfamiliar with his work. In essence it's solo acoustic guitar, uncomplicated by vocals or other instruments, which draws on a wide range of influences, both American and (to a lesser degree) European. Early blues and folk forms, and the popular song of the beginning of the last century, are brought together with the tonal vocabulary of Bartok and a guitar technique modelled on Mississippi John Hurt's. Probably the best way to understand this is to listen - and 'Death Chants' is an excellent point at which to start.
This is intensely personal music. As with most of Fahey's earlier work, the tracks swing violently between affirmation and despair, between dry reticence and an almost baroque exuberance, sometimes within the same piece. 'John Henry Variations' - one of Fahey's best individual performances - is an infectious reworking of raw country-blues materials that simultaneously crawls with the invisible horrors of the American night. 'Sunflower River Blues' is a magisterial exercise in simple folk forms; 'Some Summer Day' is similarly 'primitive' yet lyrical, while 'Dance of the inhabitants...' is a wierdly hieratic exercise in slide guitar work. The earlier versions (given an added 'period' flavour by being recorded using a nineteenth-century guitar) have a brittle, spiky quality not present in the more lush and relaxed 1967 recordings, but both are equally valuable. The whole record is endlessly fascinating; relaxing to listen to, thanks to its simple forms and melodies, yet hugely insidious - you'll be picking over these tunes in your mind for months, if not years.
If you already like Fahey, you'll like this. If you've never heard of him - give it a listen, it might just change your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kjell Karlsson on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Death Chants Breakdowns and Military Waltzes always had a very special significance for me. Back in the late 60s in Sweden we had just gotten familiar with Embryonic Journey and Rockport Sunday* and there was this whispering rumor about a certain John Fahey who had filled several LPs with that kind of stuff...But those records were not available in Sweden at that time so nobody there had scarcely ever heard them Then suddenly on one of those late night radio shows playing esoteric things that were definitely not on the pop-lists of the day....the DJ announcing:-"and now some pieces by the American guitarist John Fahey.." A few seconds later the foundations of my whole world had been forever changed upon getting hit by the opening chords of the 1967 Sunflower River Blues....
That was some good more than forty years ago...and I am still recovering...

This specific cd being Fahey's record number 2...or with a somewhat differently angled perspective...a combination of number 2 and number 7...or perhaps number 8?...confused???...we will come back to that...

Death Chants was issued in early 1964 in a limited 300 copies edition in plain white cardboard cover with black letter text, just the same as Blind Joe Death some years earlier. 1965 saw a new edition with a just somewhat modified cover, but still as the original white with black text. The music was recorded in Berkeley California autumn 1963 with the exception of Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain which was recorded in St Michaels Church Maryland februari 1962 and also The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill which was recorded together with flautist Nancy McLean at same location march 1962.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul of London on 19 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
A gem of a CD, not only re-releasing a classic LP, but including earlier versions of many of the songs. Several of the numbers here, 'Some Summer Day', 'Stomping Tonight on the Pennsylvania-Alabama Border' -- how about that for a title? -- and 'When the Springtime Comes Again', are exquisite examples of what beautiful music can be played on a solo six-string acoustic guitar. Wonderful.
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