Old Fashioned Love

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All Music Guide - Richard Foss
If anyone doubts the degree to which John Fahey was stereotyped as a folk guitarist, the reception of this album should be instructive. Old Fashioned Love is a wonderful release, a celebration of early 20th century musical styles. Every track is played with charm and wit, from the solo guitar pieces to the full orchestral works. Indeed, on the first half of the CD we hear not just John Fahey the guitarist, but also John Fahey the arranger and orchestra leader. The delicate guitar solos on the classical "In a Persian Market" are framed by lively ensemble work by Fahey's ten-person "orchestra," a group which proves adept at ragtime and blues styles. This was Fahey's second ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
If anyone doubts the degree to which John Fahey was stereotyped as a folk guitarist, the reception of this album should be instructive. Old Fashioned Love is a wonderful release, a celebration of early 20th century musical styles. Every track is played with charm and wit, from the solo guitar pieces to the full orchestral works. Indeed, on the first half of the CD we hear not just John Fahey the guitarist, but also John Fahey the arranger and orchestra leader. The delicate guitar solos on the classical "In a Persian Market" are framed by lively ensemble work by Fahey's ten-person "orchestra," a group which proves adept at ragtime and blues styles. This was Fahey's second album with this band, and the chemistry is obvious -- he later remarked that this was the most sympathetic and understanding group of musicians he had ever worked with. Nevertheless, this is not a complete break with the solo guitar albums, as the last three cuts on the album are 100% pure Fahey. They are, however, not folkie pieces. Two are firmly in the old-time style, and one is a guitar transcription of a Hindu chant. All three are fine, delicately contemplative works that equal anything he was doing in the previous decade. Alas, most of the people who bought John Fahey albums wanted pretty folk guitar tracks, and they weren't interested in anything else regardless of how excellent it sounded. Old Fashioned Love was acclaimed by many critics but was rejected by the folk crowd that Fahey himself was coming to detest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Takoma
  • UPC: 025218651127
  • Catalog Number: 6511
  • Sales rank: 109,529

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fahey Primary Artist, Guitar
Dick Cary Piano
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Britt Woodman Trombone
Bobby Bruce Violin, Vocals
Nick Fatool Drums
Jack Feierman Trumpet, Vocals, Jug
Woody Mann Guitar
Allan Reuss Banjo, Guitar
John Rotella Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Ira Westley Tuba
Technical Credits
James P. Johnson Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
John Fahey Arranger, Composer, Producer
Frank Loesser Composer
Samuel Charters Liner Notes
Doug Decker Producer, Engineer
Jack Feierman Arranger
Jack Palmer Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Cecil Mack Composer
Traditional Composer
Eric Monson Cover Design
Woodrow Mann Composer
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