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How To Ruin a Needed Re-Release,
This review is from: America (Audio CD)
This could have been a four-star or even a five-star review. One of John Fahey's better albums at last put on a CD, and with additional tracks that were omitted from the single LP. But the total time came to a shade over the 80-minute maximum. So what did the compilers do? Omit a short piece that has been recorded on another album, or leave off one of the two versions of 'Jesus is a Dying Bedmaker'? Or -- the best solution -- issue it as a double CD?
No, the compilers in their wisdom brutally chopped three minutes out of the middle of 'Mark I:15', completely destroying the dynamic of a brilliant piece of music. Would one hack a few inches out of the middle of a Rembrandt if the frame was a bit too narrow for the canvas? Of course not. So why treat Fahey with such disrespect?
America should be reissued again with 'Mark I:15' in full. Then I'll buy it.