John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites


AMG Review :   The title John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites might lead some to believe that this is a collection of public-domain items that go back to the Deep South of the 19th century. However, while this 1964 session does contain a song titled “Dance of Death,” most of the material (including that tune) was written by Fahey himself in the early 1960s. So an intriguing title is simply that: an intriguing title. Nonetheless, Fahey’s music does have strong southern roots. Unaccompanied, the acoustic guitarist/instrumentalist demonstrates his love of African-American blues as well as the Anglo-American country, folk, and hillbilly music of Appalachia. This is essentially a folk album, but a folk album with strong country and blues leanings; in fact, numbers like “Worried Blues” and “Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent” incorporate the slide guitar technique that came from Mississippi Delta blues. Not that Fahey limits himself to American influences — Appalachian music is a descendent of British, Scottish, and Irish music, and Fahey is hardly unaware of its European heritage. Further, Indian raga is an influence on the Fahey piece “On the Banks of the Owchita.” Reissued on CD in 1999 with four bonus tracks (including an interpretation of “Steel Guitar Rag”), this album makes it clear that even back in 1964 Fahey was quite original. –by Alex Henderson


John Fahey – The Dance of Death Tracklist

1 – “Wine and Roses” — 0:00
2 – “How Long” — 3:27
3 – “On the Banks of the Owchita” — 6:24
4 – “Worried Blues” — 10:16
5 – “What the Sun Said” — 12:40
6 – “Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent” — 22:52
7 – “Poor Boy” (Fahey, Bukka White) — 25:27
8 – “Variations on the Coocoo” (arr: Fahey, Clarence Ashley) –28:46
9 – “The Last Steam Engine Train” — 32:47
10 – “Give Me Corn Bread When I’m Hungry” — 35:06
11 – “Dance of Death” — 38:18
1999 reissue bonus tracks:
12 – “Tulip (AKA When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose)” (Arr: Fahey, Jack Mahoney, Percy Wenrich) — 45:58
13 – “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” (Arr: Fahey, Harry Dacre) — 48:42
14 – “The Siege of Sevastopol” (Arr: Haley) — 50:02
15 – “Steel Guitar Rag” (Traditional) — 51:25
Release Date: 1965
Duration: 52:38
Genre: Folk – Blues – International
Styles: Progressive Folk – Finger-Picked Guitar – Folk-Blues – Traditional Folk – Acoustic Blues

John Fahey - The Dance of Death

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