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John Fahey

The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death

Label: Takoma

Format: CD

Genre: Folk

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Another of Fahey’s most highly regarded records, ‘The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death’ was recorded in 1965 and shows Fahey on absolutely blistering form. The guitarist Leo Kottke has named this record as his favourite in Faheys 35 album back catalogue, so there must be something quite special about it right? Well there certainly is, this is his finest blues album, moulding the sound to his taste, fitting in ragtime and Indian classical music in there somewhere to come out with a breathtaking mix. It’s Fahey’s technical skill that astounds so much though, his fingerpicking is still unmatched for me, and his sound is something that will be copied for years to come. If you are in any way drawn to the world of nu-folk then you need to hear where it came from, and it came from John Fahey. Crucial.
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Cat. number: CDTAK 7015
Year: 1997