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Requia and other compositions for guitar solo CD

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  • Audio CD (27 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000024YYR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem For John Hurt
  2. Requeim For Russell Blaine Cooper
  3. When The Catfish Is In Bloom
  4. Requiem For Molly
  5. Requiem For Molly
  6. Requiem For Molly
  7. Requiem For Molly
  8. Fight On Christians, Fight On

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John Fahey's extended experimentations decades later with avant-garde's music elite is foreshadowed on 1967's adventurous Requia. These moody, contemplative instrumental works (all featuring Fahey at his guitar-playing peak) resonate with passion, artistry, and-- most of all--soul. "When the Catfish Is in Bloom" gradually crescendoes with Fahey's increasing, breakneck tempo, which--around the six-minute mark--becomes a blur of impossible fingerpicking that is both awe-inspiring and swinging. In the first part of "Requiem for Molly", the listener is bombarded by sound samples and tape loops, with Fahey slowly finding his chords. But the guitarist doesn't just noodle; he lets the composition slowly unfold, with humorous found-sound samples abounding and enough familiar guitar themes creeping up to keep you on guard. By part three, Fahey reaches his most melancholy moment, letting out a methodical rendition of "California Dreaming" on top of lion roars and human screams. Though Fahey's playing influenced an entire generation of talented young guitar pickers, including Leo Kottke, his conceptual prowess goes unmatched here. A truly seminal recording. --Jason Verlinde

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Along with "The Yellow Princess" this 1967 record is the only other album John Fahey made for the Vanguard label. Anyone already charmed by John Fahey will not be able to resist this unusual record. Just over half of it is John Fahey playing his own wonderful compositions on his acoustic guitar, and that in itself makes for utterly compelling listening. At least two tracks here are re-recorded versions of music that was previously issued on his own Takoma label, and one other was later re-recorded when he signed up with the Reprise label. The unusual aspect of this record is the inclusion of four tracks (all back to back) titled "Requiem To Molly (Parts 1 -4)". This is a extended recorded montage and is not something you would expect on hear on a John Fahey album - but it was 1967, and experimentation with all sorts of sound was, for some, the order of the day. The sleeve/booklet describes this montage of sound as "special effects" recorded by John Fahey, Sam Charters and Barry Hansen.
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