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John Fahey - Volume 1 / Blind Joe Death [LP]

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The Original Groundbreaking 1964 Album That Redefined Acoustic Blues Guitar
>>Newly Reissued On Vinyl!<<

ONE OF ACOUSTIC MUSIC’S TRUE INNOVATORS, John Fahey was a crucial figure in expanding the boundaries of acoustic guitar. He was a cult figure who drew his inspiration from blues, Native American music, Indian raga, experimental dissonance and pop.

Blind Joe Death is the first album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey. There are three different versions of the album, and the original self-released edition of fewer than 100 copies is extremely rare. It was one of the first albums recorded and produced by an independent artist.

The recording of steel string acoustic guitar solos was ''incredibly avant-garde'' in 1959. It was released on Takoma Records, Fahey's own creation, and not marketed. It made no impression on the American record-buying public.

Its popularity, significance in guitar music, and critical reception has steadily increased over the years. The 1967 release received five stars in the second edition of the Rolling Stone Record Guide.

Music historian Richie Unterberger characterized the impact of Blind Joe Death, noting it as being ''a very interesting record from a historical few if any other guitarists were attempting to interpret blues and folk idioms in such an idiosyncratic fashion in the late '50s and early '60s.'' Richard Cook of the NewStatesman wrote ''Only 100 copies were pressed. Incredibly, it was still enough of a milestone to secure him an almost worldwide reputation.''

* All-new vinyl reissue - Back in print for the first time in decades!
* This album is the perfect example of the classic John Fahey/Takoma era
* A necessary album to have for fans of classic blues and an essential addition for all acoustic music collections

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A1 On Doing An Evil Deed Blues 5:11
A2 St. Louis Blues 4:56
A3 Poor Boy Long Ways From Home 3:14
A4 Uncloudy Day 3:26
A5 John Henry 3:23
A6 In Christ There Is No East Or West 2:24
B1 The Transcendental Waterfall 10:39
B2 Desperate Man Blues 4:08
B3 Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday Blues 3:35
B4 Sligo River Blues 3:08
B5 I'm Gonna Do All I Can For My Lord 1:27

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