4 Men with Beards
180 Gram Vinyl Record
Acoustic guitarist John Fahey (1939-2001) was impossible to classify. His eclectic music included traditional-sounding folk pieces, Indian ragas, blues, and unpredictable modern works, not fitting securely into any specific category but somehow always sounding personal. In 1967, Fahey's first two album were re-recorded for the burgeoning stereo market which resulted in this version of Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes.
Death Chants is John Fahey's second album, following the brilliantly apocryphal Blind Joe Death. As massive as that earlier work was, it represented only a tentative first step towards the fields of hodologic splendor that our hero would go on to create. Death Chants represents a much more fully realized syncretism of the modernist and primitive poles between which Fahey wobbled. It is also the first album he deigned to release entirely under his own name and the one with which he truly began to cast a shadow across the blandly-lit landscape of the world's subconscious.
|1. Sunflower River Blues|
|2. When The Springtime Comes Again|
|3. Stomping Tonight On The Pennsylvania/Alabama Border|
|4. Some Summer Day|
|5. On The Beach At Wakiki|
|6. Spanish Dance|
|5. John Henry Variations|
|6. The Downfall Of Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill|
|7. Take A Look At That Baby|
|8. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Phillip XIV Of Spain|
|10. Episcopal Hymn|