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John Fahey Visits Washington D.C-GUITAR-'79-NEW CD
John Fahey Visits Washington D.C NEW CD

1. Medley: Silver Bell, Cheyenne 2. Ann Arbor/ Death By Reputation 3. The Discovery of the Sylvia Scott 4. Guitar Lamento 5. Melody McBad 6. The Grand Finale outsider...

John Fahey Visits Washington D.C John Fahey Takoma

From his self-financed recording début in 1959 until his death in 2001, John Fahey remained an enigmatic and maverick figure on the margins of American guitar music. Via his Takoma label he documented old rural and once popular picking tunes which had been scattered to the wind like so much chaff, as well as his own often eccentric compositions. A passionate if idiosyncratic musicologist (he championed the young Leo Kottke), the guiding principle with most Fahey releases is that although the landscape may look and sound familiar, nothing is quite what it seems. Certainly reading the self-penned sleeve notes accompanying the original record confirms his skewed take on the world to have more in keeping with William Burroughs than any orthodox Smithsonian view of the world. With this 1979 album he continues to layer popular melodies such as "Goodnight Ladies" and "Camptown Races" with discursive preludes, meandering off into unexpected swirling abstraction that often has more in common with 20th Century serialists than any notional folk picking style. Circuitous, complex lines are unfurled into rare, blooming chords in much the way a magician pulls flowers out of his pocket. However, it¿s the gothic rumbles of "Guitar Lamento" (written by Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete) that remind us how Fahey¿s use of space and haunting repetition created glorious epic moods tempered with a bleak intensity that resonates and shivers still.

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