The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Takoma
  • UPC: 025218890922
  • Catalog Number: 8909
  • Sales rank: 33,114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fahey Primary Artist, Guitar
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Cliffie Stone Composer
John Fahey Producer
Bill Belmont Producer, Reissue Producer
Ed Denson Producer
Gene Rosenthal Engineer
Joe Tarantino Mastering, Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Lee Gardner Liner Notes
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