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JOHN FAHEY - The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death LP
180 gram purple vinyl.
"John Fahey was one of the most enigmatic figures of 20th century popular music. He wrote a thesis on Charley Patton when nobody knew who he was, he set up two incredible record labels with valuable legacies (Takoma and Reverant) and influenced an entire subculture of guitar players/composers. He was at once a folkie, a hippie, a Delta blues man, a raga-infused guitar god, a Dvorak and Ives-drawing demon, a twisted drunk, a romantic, a dry-boned comedian, a noisemaker and a provoker, among other things. Throughout his rich discography, you can hear all these qualities come through. I feel genuine envy for those coming to this man's work for the first time. Prepare to be hypnotised." - Axel Carrington
Classic fifth album from the mid-1960s and is one of his most influential. The first time I heard John Fahey play I thought there were at least two guitars playing at the same time. He’s pretty amazing, but Fahey is great not because he’s a virtuoso who runs scales to show off but because he plays with an incredible amount of feeling. His music radiates intelligence. Fahey is rooted in the blues so the music can seem repetitive, but anyone familiar with the form can hear the twists he puts into his arrangements. He makes a tired form sound fresh. Anyone who thinks it goes on for 40 minutes without changing is ape eared. There are some very beautiful songs on the album, but it’s not "Folgers commercial background music" except in some alternate, fantastic new universe or, perhaps, the old, weird America. This is music with the power to change your mood and transport you to other times and places. It is background music only to those whose imagination is dead. This is Fahey at the top of his game. Enjoy. This is one of the best collections of acoustic folk/blues tunes ever committed to tape.