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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest from the greatest, 21 Jun 2009
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Wheel (Greater London,U.K.) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 12 Track CD Edition is the one to go for!, 4 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Yellow Princess (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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5.0 out of 5 stars The presence of others., 19 Sep 2010
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N. Jones "Nic The Pen" (Oxford, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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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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