John Fahey The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites
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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Takoma

Entertainment Reviews:

The Wire - 3/00, p.56
"...Strange, flowering, fulsome melodic pieces in open guitar tunings..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/99, p.130
"...strongly rooted in the traditions of the vibrates with an intensity generated by the truly original."


  • Buy for $0.991.Wine and Roses
  • Buy for $0.992.How Long
  • Buy for $0.993.On the Banks of the Owchita
  • Buy for $0.994.Worried Blues
  • 5.What the Sun Said
  • Buy for $0.996.Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent
  • Buy for $0.997.Poor Boy
  • Buy for $0.998.Variations on the Coocoo
  • Buy for $0.999.The Last Steam Engine Train
  • Buy for $0.9910.Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry
  • Buy for $0.9911.Dance of Death
  • Buy for $0.9912.Tulip (AKA When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)
  • Buy for $0.9914.The Siege of Sevastopol
  • Buy for $0.9915.Steel Guitar Rag

Product Description:

Solo performer: John Fahey (acoustic guitar).
Producer: Ed Denson.
Reissue producer: Bill Belmont.
Recorded at Adelphi Studios, Silver Spring, Maryland on August 22, 1964. Includes liner notes by Lee Gardner.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: John Fahey (guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Lee Gardner.
Recording information: Adelphi Studios, Silver Spring, MD (08/22/1964).
Listening to this classic 1967 LP, the keen-eared might note that the melody to "On The Banks Of The Wichita" was lifted directly from Ravi Shankar's 1962 "Theme From Pather Panchali." (Which is fine because it's a great melody.) John Fahey's method was always to take themes--sections--movements from the great store of American roots music (folk, blues, Tin Pan alley, even classical) and meld them together in an avant-garde genre of his own making. DANCE OF DEATH (1967) is a representative title in the superior run of albums Fahey recorded (and re-recorded) for his own Takoma label throughout the 60s, and speaks to Fahey's reputation for experimentation and eclecticism.

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  • Sales Rank: 111,294
  • UPC: 025218890922
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