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Railroad I


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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Takoma
  • ASIN: B000RV0RDC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Edmonds VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
In 1997 a move to a smaller house led to me reducing my collection of vinyl records and "Railroad I" was a casualty. I told myself that it would be available on CD soon but I regretted my decision when it didn't appear. Ten years later and I have the chance to listen once again to this superb collection of virtuoso guitar pieces with a railroad theme.

Some of the tunes here are familiar but most are originals and all receive the Fahey treatment par excellence. He uses his instrument to great effect in creating a sound picture of various railroad scenes - the trains, towns, scenery, people, and even a cat. The tempo and atmosphere range from fast and rhythmic blues to slow, tranquil and contemplative melodies, while the titles are typically bizarre Faheyisms. The booklet includes the original original LP artwork, while Fahey's track notes are also reproduced in readable size with four pages of new commentary notes.

I was not disappointed by this recording as the quality of the sound is terrific and shows what a masterful musician this man was. It is great driving music; stick it in your car CD player and turn the volume up - it will help the miles go by faster. Unreservedly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 5 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
John Fahey is peerless, and not merely because he mined the musical seam of finger-plucked acoustic guitar so single-mindedly. He's peerless also because he's the Godfather of Americana. He knew his American history too, and as a result he knew that in the days before music was everywhere isolated rural communities made their own music out of necessity, or got a Victrola. This, coupled with the sharpest ear for the aural landscape, ensures he was one of the most telling musicians ever to bless us.

His evocation of the train whistle on `Frisco Leaving Birmingham' is thus nothing if not informed. His appreciation of forms explains too why `Summer Cat By My Door' is so picturesque in the way his string manipulations evoke feline movement.

The railroad of the title's there again on `Afternoon Espee Through Salem' Indeed, although there are plenty of mostly long gone names who can do it just as well, no-one's ever bettered Fahey in the ability to musically capture the possibilities and promises of travel. He leaves the listener in no doubt that that train's headed somewhere good.

So there's no excuse for not buying this one immediately, if not sooner. Once you've done this you can stick it on, don the headphones, close the eyes and let the pictures start forming in the mind.

Just don't lose sight of the fact that you're only using an upgraded Victrola.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My favorite John Fahey album/cd 23 Aug. 2008
By Felix G. Villarreal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this "album" in 1984. I still have the album. I then purchased the cd which was promptly stolen and there was a gap in time where the cd was out of print. The older I get the more I love and appreciate this cd. With John Fahey following through on a variety of themes on any one of his volume of albums this particular album is clear and focused. The aural quality of his guitar is clear, sharp and sometimes haunting. The first few phrases of the lead song "Frisco Leaving Birmingham" are a flagship for a journey led by a folk guitar playing melodies distilled from distinctly American influences such as Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly, Bukka White along with other relatively unappreciated blues/folk guitarists. Initially I did not care for some of the slower pieces featuring slide work (notably "Oneanta" and "Afternoon Escape Through Salem") but now I appreciate the moody and contemplative nuance of the songs. Thematically all the songs conjure imagery supporting the name of the album. Unlike some of his other albums there is little experimentation. This is my favorite Fahey album. The picking is from the sure hand of a master who aims for expression instead of speed or virtuosity. I am glad it is once again available in cd format. It is reassuring to see John Fahey is influencing other guitarists and perpetuating what is a distinctly American guitar genre.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Masterpiece 4 Dec. 2008
By D. Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fahey's playing is astonishing as always, but what makes this a great album (I still have the cassette) is the power of the music to evoke the hurtling, massive locomotives, the railyards, the whistles in the deep night, the one-of-a-kind moods and experiences belonging to the now-vanished railroad era from which arose the folksongs that inspired him. He leaves nothing unsaid. A mark of his great originality is that he devoted a whole album (and how many years of developing it?) to this fascinating set of tone poems for guitar. Why on earth is this great music not more widely available?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great album,...thanks 18 Aug. 2007
By Barry P. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one great "lost" Fahey album,.....and you can(and I MUST)thank this company for re-issueing this title at a price I could afford!

Classic finger-picking guitar with that John Fahey sound that so few can touch. The last "Takoma" album too. If you are a fan,.....you really NEED this. No kidding.

Now ,....WHERE'S "Fare Foreward Voyager" on CD? Can it PLEASE be re-issued......PLEASE?????
Not the best John Fahey album. But good. 2 Oct. 2014
By Misterpicker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
By this point in his career, Fahey was mostly reviewing past glories or stringing together themes he had worked on for years into medleys and even ragas. i would rate this below "Fare Forward Voyager" and almost all of the master's earlier work on Takoma. But get it if you must. There's a lot of his quirky slide and many themes you'll recognize from earlier work. Good to have it available. But I'm just sayin.
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