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 South....it vibrates with an intensity generated by the truly original."
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.