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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 (29 Nov. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B0006B0YPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. THE YELLOW PRINCESS
2. VIEW (EAST FROM THE TOP OF RIGGS ROAD: B AND O TRESTLE
3. LION
4. MARCH! FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING
5. THE SINGING BRIDGE OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
6. DANCE OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE INVISIBLE CITY OF BLADENSBURG
7. CHARLES A LEE: IN MEMORIAM
8. IRISH SETTER
9. COMMEMORATIVE TRANSFIGURATION AND COMMUNION AT MAGRUDER PARK

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Fahey’s second and final album for Vanguard was recorded in 1968. Unusually for Fahey, three of the nine tracks feature additional musicians – Mark Andes and Jay Ferguson, late of Spirit, and Kevin Kelley, a one-time drummer with the Byrds.

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NB The Catalogue Number is: VMD79293

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie P on 4 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are two editions available of this CD and the difference is very notable.

There is the (original) 9 track Vanguard release, and a far superior 12 track Vanguard Masters edition, which is in superbly mastered sound and includes a well presented 16 page booklet.

The three additional tracks added onto the excellent Vanguard Masters issue were recorded earlier in 1965, when John Fahey was recording demos for Elektra Records.

Three of the tracks from those Elektra sessions have now surfaced as bonus tracks here, making up the newer 12 track CD edition of The Yellow Princess.

The three extra tracks have a total running time of just under 25 minutes, and the music is all just as essential as that on the Vanguard original 9 track, so it's more than worthwhile making sure you don't miss out on the previously unissued Elektra recordings, and getting hold of the superb Vanguard Masters CD edition is the way to do that!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wheel on 21 Jun. 2009
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Although I have had this album for years, and before it was reissued -some of the songs on compilations, it still amazes me every time that I listen to it through. Fahey was the original & greatest of the steel-string guitar composers (there was also a lot more to him than this), and even by his standards this is a notable release. I recently saw some tabs on the internet for a number of the songs & was surprised that I could play them. They are often very simple, but, and here is the important fact, they are incredibly inventive. Their simplicity is in fact their strength:- why play 10 notes, when you can play 3? Much thought went into the composing of these songs, you can tell that they were written by someone who loves the guitar. Not one note is wasted. As someone who is driven to turn off any 'big name' guitarists whose stock in trade is countless tedious solo's, to hear genuinely moving guitar playing such as on here is a joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Jones on 19 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
On record at least John Fahey wasn't much of a man for collaboration. If he was still with us of course the likes of Bono would be falling over themselves to contribute a backing vocal to something, but Fahey knew both his own mind and where he was musically coming from, and such indulgences were never part of the deal.

All of this makes TYP something of an oddity because Fahey's joined by a group on some tracks, but fans-in-waiting can be assured that their presence does nothing to dilute his musical vision. The first three tracks are him alone anyway, and on what was his eighth album he mines the same seam of deep Americana as he did on the previous seven.

When `March! For Martin Luther King' comes around he's keeping the company of bass and drums however, and unsurprisingly in march-time. The following `The Singing Bridge Of Memphis, Tennessee' is the sound of a man wanting to take it further out than a lot of the `heads' were probably able to cope with -this was 1968 after all- complete with sound effects and whistling. It probably marks Fahey's first attempt on record to dumbfound those who thought they knew him, or perhaps to alienate the audience he might have got for himself.

`Irish Setter' finds him back on his own again in one of those instrumental animal portraits he came up with, and he plays an awful lot of guitar in `painting' this one. One of the many things that kept Fahey out on his own was the way in which he combined all the technique in the world and then some with the ability never to sound like a mere technician, and this is one of countless examples of how he managed it.

Although this album isn't perhaps the best example of his work it's still one of those which bears repeated listening for guitar students and countless others.
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Good recording. Interesting experimental playing by this master of the guitar.JJ
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
No Better Introduction To Fahey's Music 21 Mar. 2006
By Michael K. Kivinen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If I could own only one John Fahey album, it would be "The Yellow Princess," so this reissue is a real treat. This is at least the third time Vanguard has issued this album on CD-"The Essential John Fahey" and "Best of the Vanguard Years" couple it with tracks from Fahey's "Requia"-but this 2006 release restores the original cover art and Fahey's surreal, confounding liner notes. The addition of three previously unreleased tracks from 1965 would suffice to justify purchasing this version, even if you already owned an earlier edition. These include a rare example of his 12-string work, an early version of "Fare Forward Voyagers," and a lengthy slide guitar improvisation. For the uninitiated, I can think of no better introduction to Fahey's music than "The Yellow Princess." All the primary strains of his work are represented here: pre-WWII country blues guitar stylings; Indian raga; Episcopal hymns ("Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park" quotes "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones") and even musique concrete ("Singing Bridge of Memphis, Tennessee"). There is a more whimsical, evocative quality to the last-named track than one finds in Fahey's at times dissonant, abrasive later material. Reviewers elsewhere have remarked that "The Yellow Princess" features some of his best guitar work, and that the sonic quality of the recording is as if one is listening from inside the instrument. My friend Clark quotes John Fahey as having said something like, "I'm not the greatest guitarist, but I am the deepest." Let the "Yellow Princess" show you what he meant.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
more essential early Fahey 9 Mar. 2001
By stickymcbiscuit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Yellow Princess" has a lot in common with Fahey's other early stuff, especially "Death Chants, Breakdown, and Military Waltzes." Similar inspired mix of full-on fingerpicking, slow blues, dissonance and found sound. The title track can be found on a number of anthologies, but the rest of the record is excellent as well. There's drum and bass backing on a few cuts, an unusual set-up for Fahey but one that works well.
Suprising this is only available as an import, according to Amazon. You'd think Vanguard would get with the program and reissue this excellent CD, especially now that he's kicked the bucket. Let's hope so.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Yellow Princess 30 Aug. 2008
By Nathaniel E. Yielding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember I was cleaning my apartment when I put this CD in the player. I am very jittery and can't stand still for long periods of time so it means something when I say that I dropped whatever I was cleaning and sat in the midle of my living room and listened to this record in it's entirety. Now, one could hypothesize that the only reason I had such a religious experience with the Yellow Princess is because it was my FIRST John Fahey listening experience and that explanation holds water. There is no way to tell if I would have the same experience had I listened to Breakdowns, Waltzes, and Military Waltzes, Blind Joe Death, or America, or any of the dozens of recordings Fahey has put out first. I will say that none of those aforementioned albums do the same thing that The Yellow Princess does. There is an overall realxed mood of the album that transports the listener to the esoteria of Fahey's mind. Especially if you read the charming linear notes. I love the way he labels his songs as well. He's not afraid to use directions and place names and combine spirtuality with whatever he finds to be meaningful and moving in his life, instead of only what religion would tell him to. In short, this is an amazing album that is guaranteed to satisfy.
(4.5) A must for Fahey fans 13 Mar. 2013
By The Great Penguin Adventure - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've only been listening to John Fahey for a few years, but since I started it has really expanded my musical awareness. Most of the things I discover are wonderful all on their own, but they also bring me back to Fahey. So, here I am, purchasing an album for 3 songs. The sort of thing that I would do only for a handful of artists.

I must admit that I can detect no real difference between this presentation of the first 9 tracks and that on the Best of the Vanguard Years disc that I've listened to so many times, but that is based on only a single listen. That's alright with me, since I purchased this for the liner notes and the 3 bonus tracks.

And the purchase is well worth it. Steel Guitar Medley has sprung right to the top of my list of favorite Fahey tracks. This version of Fare Forward Voyagers is an example of the reason I enjoy Fahey so much and would nearly justify the purchase on its own. I have less to say about The John Fahey Sampler: I would be alright with this track being 28 minutes long.

Fahey's original liner notes are a prize for offering some insight into the man behind the music, and they have an effect on my mind that is much like his music.

If I were going to recommend Fahey to someone who had none, I'd be tempted to start here.

***The 4.5 rather than a 5 is a reflection of the overlap between this release and others. I don't find a lack of value here, but some might.
The Yellow Princess + 3 Elektra demos 10 Feb. 2012
By Jackie P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are two editions available of this CD and the difference is very notable.

There is the (original) 9 track Vanguard release, and a far superior 12 track Vanguard Masters edition, which is in superbly mastered sound and includes a well presented 16 page booklet.

The three additional tracks added onto the excellent Vanguard Masters issue were recorded earlier in 1965, when John Fahey was recording demos for Elektra Records.

Three of the tracks from those Elektra sessions have now surfaced as bonus tracks here, making up the newer 12 track CD edition of The Yellow Princess.

The three extra tracks have a total running time of just under 25 minutes, and the music is all just as essential as that on the Vanguard original 9 track, so it's more than worthwhile making sure you don't miss out on the previously unissued Elektra recordings, and getting hold of the superb Vanguard Masters CD edition is the way to do that!
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