The Voice of the Turtle

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like some of John Fahey's other projects in the '60s, this was actually recorded and assembled over a few years, and primarily composed of duets with various other artists including overdubs with his own pseudonym, "Blind Joe Death". One of his more obscure early efforts, Voice of the Turtle is both listenable and wildly eclectic, going from scratchy emulations of early blues 78s and country fiddle tunes to haunting guitar-flute combinations and eerie ragas. "A Raga Called Pat, Part III" and "Part IV" is a particularly ambitious piece, its disquieting swooping slide and brief bits of electronic white noise reverb veering into experimental psychedelia. Most of this is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Like some of John Fahey's other projects in the '60s, this was actually recorded and assembled over a few years, and primarily composed of duets with various other artists including overdubs with his own pseudonym, "Blind Joe Death". One of his more obscure early efforts, Voice of the Turtle is both listenable and wildly eclectic, going from scratchy emulations of early blues 78s and country fiddle tunes to haunting guitar-flute combinations and eerie ragas. "A Raga Called Pat, Part III" and "Part IV" is a particularly ambitious piece, its disquieting swooping slide and brief bits of electronic white noise reverb veering into experimental psychedelia. Most of this is pretty traditional and acoustic in tone, however, though it has the undercurrent of dark, uneasy tension that gives much of Fahey's '60s material its intriguing combination of meditation and restlessness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/1996
  • Label: Takoma
  • UPC: 025218650120
  • Catalog Number: 6501
  • Sales rank: 75,978

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fahey Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Mark Levine Track Performer
Hubert Thomas Track Performer
Nancy McLean Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Fahey Arranger
Bob de Sousa Engineer
Joe Terantino Remastering
Hubert Thomas Contributor
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Nancy McLean Contributor
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Tibetan Buddhist Monks Contributor
Blind Joe Death Contributor
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