Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

by John Fahey
     
 

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The title The Dance of Death and 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 inSee more details below

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The title The Dance of Death and 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
Label:
Takoma
UPC:
0025218890922
catalogNumber:
8909
Rank:
23368

Tracks

  1. Wine and Roses  - John Fahey
  2. How Long  - John Fahey
  3. On the Banks of the Owchita  - John Fahey
  4. Worried Blues  - John Fahey
  5. What the Sun Said  - John Fahey
  6. Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent  - John Fahey
  7. Poor Boy  - John Fahey
  8. Variations on the Coocoo  - John Fahey
  9. The Last Steam Engine Train  - John Fahey
  10. Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry  - John Fahey
  11. Dance of Death  - John Fahey
  12. Tulip (AKA When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose)  - John Fahey
  13. Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)  - John Fahey
  14. The Siege of Sevastopol  - John Fahey
  15. Steel Guitar Rag  - John Fahey

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