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Album Review

One of the finest and most underrated blues acoustic guitarists to come out of California, John Fahey was a master of fingerpicking, modal blues, and gospel explorations. He also had the ability to reinterpret Elizabethan ballads and other English folk material. All of this talent is represented in this excellent anthology. On cuts such as "Poor Boy a Long Way from Home" and "St. Louis Blues," Fahey is virtually a reincarnation of Son House and Mississippi John Hurt. Medieval-oriented tracks like "Revolt of the Dyke Brigade" show Fahey's incredible mastery of modal tunings and complex chord structures, all of which come out sounding deceptively simpler than they really are. A real guitar player's record, this is excellent to learn by, and even more fun to listen to.

Customer Reviews

This Man is My Hero

This man has made me as a guitar player, to say the least. The way he flows through his songs smoothly is amazing. I also owe much of my guitar style to him as well. This music is very relaxing for me with deep bass and continuos beat. His songs are casual, but very powerful, and I always get a specific feeling out of each one even though they are simple. This is amazing music in its purest form: one person, one instrument.


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The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977

When I discovered fingerstyle guitar in the late 70's one of the first books that I came upon was a companion book to this record. I've learned most of the songs and they continue to be among my most favorite to play. Listening to this music is like seeing into the mind of a true master. None of these songs are particularly difficult to play but to hear them played and played well is an astonishing experience. This is how solo guitar should be played. I recommend this record with no reservations.


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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