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Album: America
# Song Title   Time
1)    Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker More Info...
2)    Amazing Grace More Info...
3)    Song #3 More Info...
4)    Special Rider Blues More Info...
5)    Dvorak More Info...
6)    Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker 2 More Info...
7)    Finale More Info...
8)    America More Info...
9)    Dalhart, Texas, 1967 More Info...
10)    Knoxville Blues More Info...
11)    Mark 1:15 More Info...
12)    Voice Of The Turtle More Info...
13)    The Waltz That Carried Us Away And Then A Mosquito Came And Ate Up My Sweetheart More Info...
 

Album: America
# Song Title   Time
1)    Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker More Info...
2)    Amazing Grace More Info...
3)    Song #3 More Info...
4)    Special Rider Blues More Info...
5)    Dvorak More Info...
6)    Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker 2 More Info...
7)    Finale More Info...
8)    America More Info...
9)    Dalhart, Texas, 1967 More Info...
10)    Knoxville Blues More Info...
11)    Mark 1:15 More Info...
12)    Voice Of The Turtle More Info...
13)    The Waltz That Carried Us Away And Then A Mosquito Came And Ate Up My Sweetheart More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Solo performer: John Fahey (acoustic guitar).
  • Reissue producer: Bill Belmont.
  • Recorded at Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, California on January 31, 1971. Includes liner notes by Charles M. Young and Bill Belmont.
  • Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California in 1998.
  • Personnel: John Fahey (guitar).
  • Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
  • Liner Note Author: Charles M. Young.
  • Recording information: Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA (01/31/1971).
  • Arranger: John Fahey.
  • Listen to John Fahey's America and hear an honest-to-goodness pioneer of solo acoustic steel-string guitar. With a truly distinctive approach, Fahey creates dusty, sweetly evocative worlds of American folk and blues that make the soul throb. His fingerpicking on alternating and drone bass lines, coupled with chorded melodies, continues to provide inspiration to acoustic players.
  • America opens with the bittersweet "Jesus Is a Dying Bedmaker," a spirited folk painting of elation dressed in suffering. Fahey's halting articulation at the outset of the tune eventually gives way to an uptempo gust of glad resolve. Here and elsewhere lies Fahey's remarkable talent for squeezing a wondrous amount of expressiveness out of simple musical materials. Skip James' "Special Rider Blues" crawls along like a 12-string sloth, its call-and-response melodic lines full of languor and images of a breezeless afternoon in Mississippi. "Dvorak" is a sensitive arrangement of the third movement of Dvorak's eighth symphony, a perfect offering of classical composition with a natural folk sensibility. "Steel string wailing" spoken here. ~ Rovi Staff
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (5/22/98, p.71) - "...this set of chamber blues projects a sweeping panorama, combining epic originals with fractal readings of Skip James, Dvorak, and even 'Amazing Grace.' A new cornerstone in a towering oeuvre." - Rating: A
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