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John Fahey — Visits Washington D.C

John Fahey — Visits Washington D.C (2008)

       John Fahey — Visits Washington D.C (2008)
♣   Za svého života vydal 36 studiových, 5 live alb, postupem času 16 kompilací a po ulehnutí ke spánku vyšlo i 5 tribute alb. Za kompilaci se dá považovat i album P/1970 Zabriskie Point: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Z dnešního pohledu se zdá být až neuvěřitelným, že první album — “Blind Joe Death”, vydal už v roce 1959. Úplně první skladba v jeho životě — "West Coast Blues", byla převzata od autora Blind Blake, narozeného v roce 1896. Toto dnešní album vyšlo v devíti vydáních ve třech zemích: USA, UK a Kanadě. One of acoustic guitar's prime innovators (and eccentrics), he mixed traditionalist forms (folk, blues, country) with a decidedly modernist sensibility.
♣   John Fahey Visits Washington D.C. is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1979.Birth name: John Aloysius Fahey
Born: February 28, 1939
Origin: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: February 22, 2001
Genre: New Acoustic / Singer–Songwriter / Avant–garde
Album release: 1979 / 2008
Record Label: Takoma UK / Ace Records.
Duration:     43:19
Tracks:
01. Medley: Silver Bell / Cheyenne      4:33
02. Ann Arbor / Death By Reputation      8:12
03. The Discovery of the Sylvia Scott      7:42
04. Guitar Lamento      5:51
05. Melody McBad      10:07
06. The Grand Finale      6:56
Written by:
♣   Fahey, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe "Medley: Silver Bell/Cheyenne"
♣   Fahey, Leo Kottke "Ann Arbor/Death by Reputation"
♣   Fahey "The Discovery of the Sylvia Scott" / "Melody McBad" / "The Grand Finale"
♣   Bola Sete Guitar LamentoPersonnel:
♣   John Fahey — guitar
♣   Richard Ruskin — guitar (on "Medley")
Production notes:
♣   John Fahey — liner notes
♣   Tom Davis — engineer
♣   Rob Shread — mastering
♣   Michael Boshears — remixing, mastering
♣   Dee Westlund — art direction
♣   Murry Whiteman — design
♣   John Van Hamersveld — design, illustrations
♣   Kris Needs — liner notes♣   John Fahey Visits Washington D.C. was Fahey's first album in four years. The same year, he sold Takoma, the independent record label he had started in 1959, to Chrysalis Records. Chrysalis eventually sold the rights to the albums, and Takoma was in limbo until bought by Fantasy Records in 1995. He cited the strain of running the label and its lack of direction as reasons for selling it to the UK–based company. Other sources refer to Fahey's uninterest in the business side of running Takoma, the company's debt, and the current poor business climate of the record industry.
♣   He covers two songs by other guitarists — "Guitar Lamento" is by Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete from his album Ocean and "Death by Reputation" by Leo Kottke from his eponymous 1977 album.
It was rumored that an entire album known as the Nuthouse sessions was rejected, leading to the release of John Fahey Visits Washington D.C. instead.Reception:
♣   Music critic Richie Unterberger praised the album, noting the “stellar picking and an eclectic range of influences... Some of his characteristic moodiness emerges in passages from 'Ann Arbor' and 'Melody McBad'.”
♣   From his review for the UK–based Record Collector, critic Sid Smith gave the album 4 stars, stating “... although the landscape may look and sound familiar, nothing is quite what it seems. 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" that remind us how Fahey’s use of space and haunting repetition created glorious epic moods tempered with a bleak intensity that still resonates.”_____________________________________________________________

John Fahey — Visits Washington D.C

 

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