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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music but.............., 14 Nov 2011
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This review is from: John Fahey - 1978 Live Tv Concert [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
John Fahey's playing never ceases to amaze. Here he's at his most accessible (sometimes he used to wander into self-indulgence) and the music is a joy. To get close up shots of his finger-work is really illuminating and his guitar and dobro pieces are a match for anybody before or since, and vastly superior to most. This is the main influence behind Leo Kottke and (so it's said) Ry Cooder's slide playing. John Fahey just plays on this disc: no chat (or not much) and no flash performance style. It's like he was passing the auditorium and they asked him in.

What lets this down is the editing and packaging. Two stars at best. There are no menu or chapters and no song announcements on screen (unlike other Rockpalast shows). You load the disc and it plays from start to finish. A beginner with Roxio or Nero could have done a better job. The packaging contains the basic facts - artist, location, date and track list - which I guess is enough, but I can get that from the web.

The most important thing is that the music is available and at a reasonable price, but it would be great if those responsible for putting it together had more of a professional touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so-so quality, 25 Dec 2012
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While the intensity of the performance is top class, the recording quality (both audio and video) is nothing to write home about. Includes a tiny interview as an extra, but it's entirely forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great to see him in concert, 17 Nov 2012
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It is a tribute to Rockpalast that apart from some pretty ghastly 'heavy rock' shows from the 1970's they managed to capture on video some of the more interesting (if not obscure) performers. This is great footage of JF - both picture and sound quality are good and he provides a useful sampling of his prodigious output. This is however an extremely low-key concert and he takes several minutes just to find his chair and get started. For fans of finger style guitar only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Fahey, 18 Mar 2012
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This is a superb recording of John Fahey in Concert taking from the German Rockpalast television show. The sound is excellent as is the camera work. This is John Fahey in his prime playing some of his well known guitar pieces such as, On The Sunny Side of the Ocean, Poor Boy Long Ways from Home, Beverly and many more.The recording is the whole show with John taking an encore and a very short interview at the end. An essential addition to any John Fahey collection but also for those who enjoy great guitar playing from one of the masters.
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