John Fahey Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes [CD]

Rating 5.0
8 ratings
List Price: $11.98
SALE PRICE: $10.43
You Save: $1.55 (13% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Item:  TKA 89082

CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Takoma

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - 4-5/99, p.68
"...Fahey blends traditional foot-stomping blues picking with precise and elegant explorations....as blissfully trippy as anything could have been back in 1963."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Sunflower River Blues
  • Buy for $0.992.When the Springtime Comes Again
  • Buy for $0.993.Stomping Tonight on the Pennsylvania-Alabama Border
  • Buy for $0.994.Some Summer Day
  • Buy for $0.995.On the Beach Waikiki
  • Buy for $0.996.Spanish Dance
  • Buy for $0.997.John Henry Variations
  • Buy for $0.998.Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill, The - (flute)
  • Buy for $0.999.Take a Look at That Baby
  • Buy for $0.9910.Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Philip XIV
  • Buy for $0.9911.America
  • Buy for $0.9912.Episcopal Hymn
  • Buy for $1.2913.Sunflower River Blues
  • Buy for $1.2914.When the Springtime Comes Again
  • Buy for $0.9915.Stomping Tonight on the Pennsylvania-Alabama Border
  • Buy for $1.2916.Some Summer Day
  • Buy for $0.9917.On the Beach Waikiki
  • Buy for $1.2918.Spanish Dance
  • Buy for $0.9919.John Henry Variations
  • Buy for $0.9920.Take a Look at That Baby
  • Buy for $0.9921.America
  • Buy for $0.9922.Episcopal Hymn

Product Description:

This reissue contains both the 1963 and re-recorded 1967 editions of DEATH CHANTS, BREAKDOWNS & MILITARY WALTZES.
Personnel: John Fahey (acoustic guitar); Nancy McClean (flute).
Tracks 1-12 originally released in 1963 on Takoma (1003). Tracks 13-22 originally released in 1967 on Takoma (1003). Includes liner notes by Byron Coley and Chester C. Petranick (John Fahey).
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Tracks 1-12 are in mono.
Personnel: John Fahey (guitar); Nancy McLean (flute).
Recording information: 1963.
Fahey recorded two entirely different versions of this record: one issued in 1963 and one mostly of re-recordings in 1967. The CD reissue of Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes does Fahey fans a massive favor by combining both versions onto one disc. Preceded only by the super-rare original version of Blind Joe Death, the 1963 LP of Death Chants was the first Fahey album to gain reasonably wide distribution. It's a work that beautifully displays both Fahey's virtuosity on folk and blues guitar and a distinct composing voice that draws much from folk and blues traditions, but is not quite part of either school. Fahey's gift for making music that's tranquil and evocative, but also with enough odd angularity and minor melody to give it depth and ambiguity, is evident right from the start, and heard to best advantage on "When the Springtime Comes Again," "Some Summer Day," and the epic "America." Even on the pieces with more straight blues connections, Fahey achieves a full and reverberant quality that sets it off not just from the average country blues revivalists of the period, but from vintage country blues itself. He takes a journey into the avant-garde with "The Downfall of the Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill," a creepy duet with flute player Nancy McLean. On the re-recorded versions that comprised most of the 1967 version of Death Chants, the fidelity is clearer, and having improved his technique Fahey probably felt more satisfied with these renditions. But as often happens on remakes, it must be said that the originals have an intangibly more affecting, more mysterious quality that does not come through as strongly on the more carefully executed rehauls. ~ Richie Unterberger
RadioIO Offer

Music Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 5.0
Based on 8 ratings.
Be the first Music Lover to write an online review of this product!

Similar Products:

Genre:
Music Categories:
Email Icon
Get Email Alerts for John Fahey

Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 55,412
  • UPC: 025218890823
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

Top ranking titles in the Blues genre:

Top ranking CD: