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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Introspective, stylistically primitive yet exploratory, these solo guitar pieces possess an organic quality and a conversational tone that is almost confessional.
It's hard not to think of them as 'live' performances because many of them were probably recorded in first or second takes. One would imagine little difference between these recordings and John Fahey in concert. Quite simply, the audience changed the nature of the recording from dialogue to performance. Recorded at Hobart University in when Fahey was touring Australia, this was touted as the first recording by an international artist to be made in Tasmania.
The enthusiasm of the audience explains that cultural hunger and Fahey responds to their attention with a sheets-of-sound style guitar performance of, at times, astonishing attack.
I suspect the concert was recorded much in the order it runs on the album. Fahey's quips and banter with the audience on 'Fahey Establishes Rapport With The Tasmanians' is a verbal reminder of the wit and intelligence that informed his music. As the groove develops, he remodels The Approaching Of The Disco Void and the Australian anthem Waltzing Matilda but the best moments come as the concert works towards its climax. A thoughtful version of "Waltzing Matilda" was a predictable crowd-pleaser, but so were more, er, esoteric pieces like "The Approaching of the Disco Void.
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