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John Fahey

Legend of Blind Joe Death

Folk one of the great acoustic guitar records of all time no contest spellbinding tunes great fingerpicking mesmerising emotional never ever just pretty that's the music here's some history in 1959 the 19 year old egomaniac john fahey decided to make an album of solo acoustic bluesbased guitar pieces and knowing that the world was just not interested in any such thing why doesn't he sing didn't even bother to try to interest a real record company so he borrowed 300 dollars and got 100 copies of his album pressed up all by himself one side said john fahey the other side blind joe death sort of implying that there were two guitarists the other being an old blues guy but that was just a little joke there was only fahey it took 3 years to sell the 100 records and then instead of repressing the album he figured he could play better so in 1964 he rerecorded most of it then in 1967 he did it all over again so there are three versions this marvellous release gives you most of 1964 and 1967 why have two versions of the same album presented here why not just the latest and presumably best version if you get to listen to it you'll hear why it's all in the differences with this release fahey fans thought they'd died and gone to heaven

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