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The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (Remastered)

John Fahey

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Album Review

A strange man, John Fahey, with an unusual set of guitar styles. This album, originally released on Riverboat Records and later reissued by Fahey's own Takoma label, has a lot of rough edges in terms of the recording but a tremendous amount of power when it comes to the music. Fahey was at the top of his game, alternately playful and dark, so there's never a dull moment. There is always something new to be heard on each playing.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Startling

This is where something started. Every little picking fool with any sense of geometry owes it all to this record. Exquisite numerological patterning. High fashion for dead people.

The master at Work - Respect the Dead

When this man said, "I am American Guitar," he was right. Hands down. He created this style that I have come to love so much. These songs are amazing.

Title

If I could describe to you in words what this album has done to my life I would not be a human. This album evokes emotions and thoughts that should not be rendered. Just feel it, don’t try to think about it. John Fahey achieved Nirvana.

Biography

Born: February 28, 1939 in Takoma Park, MD

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of acoustic music's true innovators and eccentrics, John Fahey was a crucial figure in expanding the boundaries of the acoustic guitar over the last few decades. His music was so eclectic that it's arguable whether he should be defined as a "folk" artist. In a career that saw him issue several dozen albums, he drew from blues, Native American music, Indian ragas, experimental dissonance, and pop. His good friend Dr. Demento has noted that Fahey "was the first to demonstrate that the finger-picking...
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