Complete Blind Joe Death John Fahey


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In 1958, John Fahey's debut album Blind Joe Death became the first release from his own (and co-founder Ed Denson's) tiny Takoma label. With that release, Fahey set in motion a new era of independent guitar recording activity. The influence of Blind Joe Death extends way beyond its minimal pressing run of 100 LPs. Fahey brought a new kind of sophisticated primitivism to an international audience. His huge, closely-miked, steel-strung guitar sound reinterpreted such basic folk and blues techniques as stops, pull-offs and slides inside a musical structure that owed more to jazz than to folk music. His unique array of open tunings - not just open G and D but also C, D minor, G minor and C drone - and his paced, never-in-a-hurry approach to playing (some uncharitable souls might say 'dirge-like') sound like no other guitarist. Fahey wryly commented to guitarist Dale Miller "I can make syncopation sound like death". Fahey has since recorded for such labels as Vanguard, Reprise and Varrick

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