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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing stuff!
A previous reviewer claims that a newcomer to Fahey's work would find little of interest her. Personally, I couldn't disagree more. I'm not familiar with Fahey's more famous acoustic work, but if it's half as good as this then it won't stay that way for long.
Quite simply this is awesome stuff. Simple yet affecting. Abrasive yet soothing. Fahey's ability to coax out...
Published on 10 Mar 2004

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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rest in Peace? No chance.
The blurb outside the cellophane read: "...Fahey coming full circle, finally at peace with past and present." Of course, the thing about Fahey was that he was never and could never be at peace. Red Cross brings to mind Billie Holiday's last or second to last LP, where you listen in horror as much as in appreciation. Red Cross is Fahey's final provocation, surely totally...
Published on 19 Jan 2004 by Loughran Kimberley


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing stuff!, 10 Mar 2004
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A previous reviewer claims that a newcomer to Fahey's work would find little of interest her. Personally, I couldn't disagree more. I'm not familiar with Fahey's more famous acoustic work, but if it's half as good as this then it won't stay that way for long.
Quite simply this is awesome stuff. Simple yet affecting. Abrasive yet soothing. Fahey's ability to coax out captivating sounds that conjure up images of darkness alongside those that sparkle and shine is no mean feat.
Comparisons are never easy, and this deserves to be in a league of it's own, but David Pajo's guitar work with early Papa M (Aerial M) seems close in places. Yet this is truly original stuff. A enthralling and engrossing effort - despite the 18 minutes of silence before track eight (no more irritating than having to press search for a hidden track) - you could lose yourself in Fahey's final effort. And that is no bad thing.
RIP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spacey & Ancient Vibes of John Fahey's "Red Cross, Disciple Of Christ Today", 17 April 2012
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I've yet to hear a John Fahey record that disappointed.

His final recording, "Red Cross, Disciple Of Christ Today" continues that trend for me.

The more I have listened to this record, with it's spacey and ancient vibes the more I like it.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A record for the wee hours of the night, 13 Jan 2012
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Red Cross is contemplating and captivating music from a tired soul - fingerpicking fanatics won't get many kicks out of this. This record is full of solitary, mesmerizing confessions which will only reveal their beauty if you take your time to listen. Most definitely Fahey's most personal, and for me one of his most essential albums.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rest in Peace? No chance., 19 Jan 2004
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Loughran Kimberley "greenfrog43" (Stockholm, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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The blurb outside the cellophane read: "...Fahey coming full circle, finally at peace with past and present." Of course, the thing about Fahey was that he was never and could never be at peace. Red Cross brings to mind Billie Holiday's last or second to last LP, where you listen in horror as much as in appreciation. Red Cross is Fahey's final provocation, surely totally unlistenable (a 24-min track with only 6 mins of music???!!) to a newcomer, and only just acceptable for those of us who listened to, and bought, Fahey's music for decades.
It's a fitting end. But as music, almost laughably far-out and knee-jerk provocative. Pity the blurb had to lie.
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