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Of Rivers And Religion & After The Ball

John Fahey & His Orchestra
25 Jun 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2003 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Markeing
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  • Total Length: 1:07:56
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  • ASIN: B001F18YMY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,729 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 19 Sep 2010
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John Fahey knew his stuff. He knew how to wear both his musicianship and his learning lightly and that's something not a lot of people get the knack for. He was also in love with the music that fired him up, but that isn't something we need to dwell on, not when his recorded legacy speaks for itself, and tells us of that love.

These two albums were recorded in 1972 and 1973 by which time he'd been putting out records for about a decade. The first of them is arguably his greatest achievement, not least because it strikes such a fine balance. As was often not the case he's joined by other musicians on that title, but go to `Dixie Pig Bar B-Q Blues' and if you listen closely you might be able to make out the crickets in the thicket and the corn mash being poured into a shot-glass as the evening sun dapples the leaves. It is, in short, music for goose bumps.

Also played by an ensemble `Texas & Pacific Blues' is indeed, as Sid Griffin points out in the booklet notes, the sound of a band in a Louisiana speakeasy circa 1933. It's also a soundtrack for the smiles of the heart.

Fahey's thing for animals crops up again on `Horses' on the latter title, and sure enough he musically captures the young horse taking its first carefully certain steps.

In the company of Peter Jameson on second guitar Fahey shows just what a deft player he was on `Bucktown Stomp' which perhaps inevitably is also the work of men so enamoured with America's musical heritage that not doing it properly would be tantamount to sacrilege.

So it runs deep, this set, deep enough for you to want to own it. If you do you'll at least get some insight into how it can be done, while the other delights it has to offer are too numerous to mention here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Catchpole on 9 Oct 2013
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If the idea of John Fahey not performing alone is anathema to you, think again as he is joined by an array of musicians from the 60's and earlier. There are still some solo recordings on here and these are of customary brilliance, but you get the bonus of and old-tyme Dixieland feel to other tracks. You also get two albums on one CD so it's full value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andrew on 17 Nov 2012
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This is a release of some of JF's more obscure recordings (are there any that aren't obscure). As someone who knows him primarily as a finger style solo guitarist it is good also to hear him in an extended format. Worth adding to any collection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Classic Fahey 6 Mar 2007
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on
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Classic Fahey with his orchestra. A nice mix of folk guitar and old-time southern jazzy numbers, and two LPs on one disc brings the time up to a respectable one hour. Fahey evergreens like Steamboat Gwine Round De Bend, Ol' Man River, Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt, Hawaiian Two Step, Beverley and Candyman should have you in ecstasy. The guitar playing is sensational and unique to say the least, and the kind of intoxicating rural atmosphere on these albums could only be conjured up by Fahey - there is no equal.
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Fahey's Bid for a Mainstream Audience 21 Feb 2013
By Steve Vrana - Published on
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Over a career that extended more than three decades, John Fahey was nothing if not unpredictable. Prior to his major label release on Warner Bros. Records, Fahey had released no fewer than a dozen albums for Vanguard Records and his own Takoma label exhibiting a singular guitar style.

With the release of OF RIVERS AND RELIGION (1972) and AFTER THE BALL (1973), it's unclear whether Fahey was searching for a broader audience or simply taking advantage of a bigger recording budget when he recorded these two gems. His previous albums (and virtually every album since) were largely solo affairs. However, these two albums are credited to John Fahey and His Orchestra. Both albums featured Chris Darrow on guitar and other stringed instruments, Joel Druckman on double bass, Allen Reuse on banjo and other stringed instruments, Jack Feierman on trumpet, Joe Darensbourgh on clarinet, as well as various other musicians.

However, don't confuse this use of additional musicians as a major change in direction for Fahey. As Nat Hentoff says in his original liner notes for OF RIVERS AND RELIGION: "Some people play an instrument; others speak through it. John Fahey is one of the latter." From beginning to end, these recordings showcase Fahey's own brand of American Primitive Guitar.

Whether it's Fahey's haunting slide work on "Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend," the Dixieland stylings of "Texas and Pacific Blues," the infectious "Horses," or the sprightly "Hawaiian Two-Step," this is an artist that used the recording studio as his canvas and his guitar as his brush. The pictures he paints are nothing less than stunning. While neither album charted, these two albums are must-have purchases for any fan of this influential guitarist.

It's nice to have these both available on a single CD. The info on the back of the CD indicates this is a Warner Music Group Company release made in Germany. When I first tracked these down in the early eighties, they were long out of print and I had to enlist the help of a record search service that I discovered in a copy of Goldmine Magazine. The vinyl copies I got were in mint condition, but the sound on the CD re-issue is excellent.

In addition to replicating the original album covers on the front and back of the CD booklet as well as Hentoff's liner notes, there is a wonderful essay by former Longer Ryders frontman Sid Griffin. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED [Running Time - 68:35]
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A Slice of Americana 8 Feb 2013
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After wearing out my vinyl copy of "After The Ball" I was thrilled to receive the CD version coupled with its predesessor "Of Rivers and Religion" The styles of both albums are very similar owing to the presence of many of the same musicians on both albums and the groove that Fahey and his producer were gliding through in that time period. The guitar playing and sound is near perfect for the recording period and the arrangements for the band in the "bigger" tunes is a true aural blast from the past. But it is the personality that John Fahey infuses into each tune via his guitar in those precise slow to middling tempos that predominate both albums that will bring a smile to the soul of any lover of good sounds and music. And if you need the lift that a quicker paced, lighter touch from the guitar and stringed back-up then go straight to "Hawaiian Two Step" to fill the blues with a touch of sunshine.
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