By Takoma was doing well enough financially to justify the recording of John Fahey 's first and second albums for the burgeoning stereo market. Thus Vol.
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Read More 4MLP. Play Share Share. Read More. John Fahey. Folk and Traditional Music. The album contained a version of Blind Blake's "West Coast Blues", which despite being rerecorded in was not included on the album. To fill the gap, the new version of "Transcendental Waterfall" was extended to over 10 minutes long, a glimpse of things to come. By Fahey had released a number of albums and was very successful. It was decided that his first two albums be released in stereo ; they were both rerecorded, resulting in a third version of Blind Joe Death , with a new, shorter version of "The Transcendental Waterfall" and a new song, "I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My Lord".
Later in , these recordings were edited to create a stereo effect and released on stereo LPs with new artwork. The music critic Richie Unterberger wrote liner notes for reissues of two of Fahey's later albums. In his Allmusic review of the release of Blind Joe Death Unterberger wrote, "The album's mystique probably owes more to the record's rarity and utter oddity in the context of its era than the music, in which Fahey's experimental blues-folk acoustic fusion is just beginning to take shape.
It remains a very interesting record from a historical perspective, however, as few if any other guitarists were attempting to interpret blues and folk idioms in such an idiosyncratic fashion in the late '50s and early '60s. The version received five stars in both editions of the Rolling Stone Record Guide. In its review of the reissue, Musician magazine stated, "nobody had more emotional range or profound melodic gift than John Fahey Fahey's taste for the weirdly dissonant when dealing with foul emotions and his fascination with tone to the occasional exclusion of almost everything else is on fuller display here.
Q magazine gave the reissue three stars, calling Fahey "a superlative acoustic guitar technician capable of blending elements of country, blues and ragtime into a style that in its spare, dark, haunting beauty was uniquely his own.
In a interview with VH1 discussing the influence and legacy of Fahey, Barry Hansen , a longtime friend and collaborator, said of Fahey's early career, "He basically started the whole idea of playing new music on traditional acoustic steel-string guitar. He was the original underground artist. With his guitar and his spellbound witness, he synthesized all the strains in American music and found a new happiness for all of us. With John, we have a voice only he could have given us; without him, no one will sound the same.
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