To the extent that I have practised these techniques, they really seem to work. By Fahey was at the height of his compositional and playing power, and pieces like "The Yellow Princess" and "When the Catfish is in Bloom" are truly stunning. Even the less flamboyant - say, "Charles A Lee" - have a mesmerising beauty. There is not one wasted second on this brilliant cd which consists of 2 albums "Yellow Princess" and "Requia" minus a long guitar-plus-sound-effects piece called "Requiem for Molly" which you're better off without.
Listen to the ringing intro to "The Yellow Princess", or its helterskelter finale; melt away to the simple tune which wraps up "Russell Blaine Cooper"; delight in the whole thing.
Guitar perfection. Buy The Essential John Fahey. John Fahey is a visionary, an iconoclast, and a plain old American weirdo. He's also a brilliant acoustic guitarist, whose earnestness is matched only by his oblique sense of humor. Mary's" and "In the Bleak Midwinter"--are pretty straightforward though.
Some tend toward the academic, but all are quite beautiful in their own reserved way, making this the perfect unintrusive album for a quiet Christmas gathering or an evening by the hearth.
The notoriously squirrely Fahey might be the last guy you'd invite over for eggnog, but you'd be foolish not to let his exquisite music into your home. Buy John Fahey Christmas Guitar. They took centuries old technology and redefined its capabilities by applying innovation, vision and courage. A must have for fingerstyle guitar enthusiasts? Certainly, but more importantly, a must have for anyone who has no idea what fingerstyle guitar is.
These are the guitar-tists that changed the guitar-picker paradigm and defined the fingerstyle genre. Valley, Melbourne, Australia. Though his abiding affection for music glad or sad is obvious here, be not deceived that he has joined the nostalgia craze.
Any overly sentimental hand he extends has a buzzer in it. Buy Old Fashioned Love. Taken up with mostly standards, Fahey digs into hymns and sacred material much like he would on any other album; it just so happens that he happens to do this with the holiday tracks that all parties secular and non have been privy to their whole lives "Oh Christmas Tree," "White Christmas," et al. If you were able to judge the album by side two alone, this would be up there with America or Fare Forward Voyagers.
This single-CD best-of has a fair amount of material in common with Rhino's 2-CD "Return Of The Repressed" collection, but is a more compact and cohesive reading of the first half of Fahey's career. Stunning acoustic guitar work with the undying creativity that Fahey infused into all his work. If you haven't heard Fahey's work before, this is an excellent starting point; exploration into his original, full albums is also highly recommended.
Buy The Best of John Fahey — Circuitous, complex lines are unfurled into rare, blooming chords in much the way a magician pulls flowers out of his pocket. John Fahey Visits Washington D. This is on that you're pretty much on your own to track down. Good luck! Vinyl copies, the occasional CD, cassettes, go for it. Buy Yes! Jesus Loves Me. Ruskin , an excellent player taught by Reverend Gary Davis who also recorded a few albums for Takoma, tackles these traditional songs with aplomb.
But this is definitely Fahey 's show. Taken up with mostly standards, Fahey digs into hymns and sacred material much like he would on any other album; it just so happens that he happens to do this with the holiday tracks that all parties secular and non have been privy to their whole lives "Oh Christmas Tree," "White Christmas," et al.
This familiarity may have provided Fahey with his most popular recordings, but as with most of his material, there is something uneasy underneath the surface. This is best exemplified by "Christmas Fantasy," a track which takes up the entire second side and gives plenty of reason to search out this record. In fact, Fahey himself claimed this as one of his favorite recordings of himself.
Here, he dips into his characteristic, methodical plucking that flows from uneven to dizzying before lapsing into more melodic segments. Russian Christmas Overture 5. White Christmas 6.
Carol of the Bells 7. Side B 8. Christmas Fantasy Part One 9. Christmas Fantasy Part Two. John Fahey's second Christmas album may not immediately pack the artistic wallop that his reputation lays upon, but there is enough deviation and skillful interpretation within these two sides of vinyl to solidify any claims to greatness. If you were able to judge the album by side two alone, this would be up there with America or Fare Forward Voyagers.
Richard Ruskin helps out on most of the tracks. Jackie P , Sep 5, Location: Calgary, AB, Canada. I missed the Fonotone box at the end, but I have that as well. I think he is an amazing guitarist and songwriter, and his writings are great as well.
Critically acclaimed, but severely unsung and unheard. The lack of vocals didn't help him with the teenagers. You must log in or sign up to reply here.
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