on 11 December 2006
For the benefit of the unitiated, John Fahey recorded most of this either in the field or on his immediate return to civilisation in 1959-60!
Most of it was based on tunes he'd heard in his youth and the same sort of music he heard in America's deep South. Some traditional tunes are here, though the majority is his own work.
Steel, acoustic and 12-string guitars join banjo in the instruments John Fahey uses here. Everything sounds the same-and that's a good thing for once.
Why? Simply because everything sounds as good as the rest of it. Top quality playing throughout and an amazing variety of land, sound and folk scapes are drifted past you.
I first chanced on it with that green Transatlantic LP cover in 1968. It's never left my personal top 20 all-time best albums & doubtless never will.
It's time you either renewed acquaitance with an old friend, or find out just how good this is. Believe me, it's indispenable!
on 20 December 2008
this LP has been with me since the late 60s,and its beautful, pastoral blend of trad/folk/blues even almost classical at times is never anything less than magnificent.i think its the best john fahey LP and i love most all of them.it was background music at my wedding and when i finally turn up my toes,i want it played at my funeral.sometimes i think its my favourite album of all time,and believe me thats some claim from a music obsessive like me.