||Let Go||John Fahey||6:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Black Mommy||John Fahey||8:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dvorak||John Fahey||4:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise||John Fahey||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Medley: Deep River/Old Man River||John Fahey||4:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lights Out||John Fahey||2:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pretty Afternoon||John Fahey||3:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sunset on Prince George's County||John Fahey||4:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Layla||John Fahey||5:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Old Country Rock||John Fahey||1:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Anyone who has read liner notes on John Fahey albums knows they are not necessarily to be taken as strict truth, but in the case of Let Go, it seems likely that the man was talking straight. Most of the back cover of the LP is a caustic, satirical diatribe against "Volkmusik" fans who try to pigeonhole Fahey as a folk artist. Almost the first words are "No folk music on this record, not even anything that sounds like or suggests folk music." Fahey almost delivers on that promise on this album of Brazilian jazz, blues, old-time medleys, and other miscellany. In the hands of a guitarist with a less individual style this could have been a chameleon act or a hopeless mishmash, but Fahey pulls it off nicely. Producer and session guitarist Terry Robb duets with him on about half the cuts, and there are sparse but effective bits of percussion and bass that flesh out a vastly superior remake of "River Medle,y which originally appeared on Of Rivers and Religion. Other highlights include the peaceful "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise and the energetic two-guitar remake of "Layla." On the latter, Fahey plays Clapton's bridge note-for-note, but makes it completely his own thanks to his distinctive phrasing. If everything else on this album was trash, that cut would make it worth buying, but thankfully that isn't the case. Let Go may not be the definitive John Fahey album, but it is a very good one from end to end.
Yes, the "repressed" did, indeed, Let Go - heorics of the hermetic Albert Pinkham Ryder of the American music grinders ... a feat of individualistic faith of self, faith of music. Here's to the premier string thumper of Amerika. Thank you John. Glad I had the opportunity to see you so long ago now in East Lansing - you are still with us....
John Fahey is one of the most underrated american musicians - most guitar players do not know his name - this is a shame for such a legend and a treasure...
this is perhaps the finest instrumental to articulate the rending of the male heart by unrequited love and the heart-aching reliving, reliving the dying light of its memory.
Born: February 28, 1939 in Takoma Park, MD
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s