Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years, 1958-1965

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Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years, 1958-1965 is a massive John Fahey document that was a full decade in the making by Dean Blackwood of Revenant, guitarist Glenn Jones, and Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital. Released a full decade after Fahey's death, it contains 115 tracks compiling the guitarist's complete 78-rpm recordings for Joe Bussard's Fonotone label -- solo, as Blind Thomas, the Mississippi Swampers, etc. -- remastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes. These are Fahey's earliest recordings, the vast majority of which are previously unreleased on CD. The 12"-by-12" collection also contains an 88-page hardback book with essays and track annotations by Jones and contributions from Eddie ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years, 1958-1965 is a massive John Fahey document that was a full decade in the making by Dean Blackwood of Revenant, guitarist Glenn Jones, and Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital. Released a full decade after Fahey's death, it contains 115 tracks compiling the guitarist's complete 78-rpm recordings for Joe Bussard's Fonotone label -- solo, as Blind Thomas, the Mississippi Swampers, etc. -- remastered from the original reel-to-reel tapes. These are Fahey's earliest recordings, the vast majority of which are previously unreleased on CD. The 12"-by-12" collection also contains an 88-page hardback book with essays and track annotations by Jones and contributions from Eddie Dean, Claudio Guerrieri, Malcolm Kirton, Mike Stewart, and R. Anthony Lee, as well as a previously unpublished 1967 interview by Douglas Blazek.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • UPC: 880226002121
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 27,728

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interview: John Fahey on Fonotone Records and Joe Bussard (2:59)
  2. 2 Franklin Blues (3:15)
  3. 3 Smoketown Strut (3:14)
  4. 4 Steel Guitar Rag (3:24)
  5. 5 Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues (3:31)
  6. 6 Buck Dancer's Choice (1) (3:19)
  7. 7 Medley: Pretty Polly/Shortnin' Bread (3:40)
  8. 8 Barbara Namkin Blues (3:13)
  9. 9 In Christ There Is No East or West (3:57)
  10. 10 Stak 'O Lee Blues (Louis Collins) (3:24)
  11. 11 The Transcendental Waterfall (1) (3:01)
  12. 12 John Henry (1) (3:09)
  13. 13 Over the Hill Blues (1) (3:57)
  14. 14 St. Louis Blues (4:06)
  15. 15 On Doing an Evil Deed Blues (3:29)
  16. 16 Reinumeration Blues (Brenda's Blues) (1) (2:08)
  17. 17 The Transcendental Waterfall (2) (5:09)
  18. 18 Mississippi Boweavil Blues - Blind Thomas (2:46)
  19. 19 Green River Blues - Blind Thomas (2:59)
  20. 20 Over the Hill Blues (2) (2:44)
  21. 21 Libba's Rag (3:08)
  22. 22 Chris's Rag (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 St. Louis Tickle (3:12)
  2. 2 Pat Sullivan's Blues (3:24)
  3. 3 Blind Blues (aka Martin's Esso Blues) (2:41)
  4. 4 Poor Boy Blues (3:36)
  5. 5 Long Time Town Blues - Blind Thomas (3:29)
  6. 6 Gulf Port Island Blues - Blind Thomas (3:32)
  7. 7 Blind Thomas Blues, Pt. 1 - Blind Thomas (3:20)
  8. 8 Blind Thomas Blues, Pt. 2 - Blind Thomas (3:24)
  9. 9 New Newport News Blues #2 - Blind Thomas (2:56)
  10. 10 Wanda Russell's Blues - Blind Thomas (3:20)
  11. 11 Going Away to Leave You Blues - Blind Thomas (3:13)
  12. 12 Lay My Burden Down - Blind Thomas (2:28)
  13. 13 Hill High Blues - Blind Thomas (3:06)
  14. 14 John Henry (2) - Blind Thomas (2:54)
  15. 15 Paint Brush Blues - Blind Thomas (3:18)
  16. 16 Blind Thomas Blues, Pt. 3 - Blind Thomas (3:11)
  17. 17 Blind Thomas Blues, Pt. 4 - Blind Thomas (3:29)
  18. 18 You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond - Blind Thomas (3:00)
  19. 19 Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed - Blind Thomas (3:11)
  20. 20 Banty Rooster Blues - Blind Thomas (3:13)
  21. 21 Tom Rushen Blues - Blind Thomas (3:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Yallaboosha River Blues - Blind Thomas (3:43)
  2. 2 You Gonna Miss Me - Blind Thomas (3:20)
  3. 3 Wissenschaftlich River Blues, Pt. 1 - Blind Thomas (3:17)
  4. 4 Wissenschaftlich River Blues, Pt. 2 - Blind Thomas (3:28)
  5. 5 Zekiah Swamp Blues - Blind Thomas (3:25)
  6. 6 Nobody's Business - Blind Thomas (3:12)
  7. 7 Going Crabbing Talking Blues, Pt. 1 - Blind Thomas (3:09)
  8. 8 Going Crabbing Talking Blues, Pt. 2 - Blind Thomas (3:15)
  9. 9 You Better Get Right So God Can Use You - Blind Thomas (3:27)
  10. 10 Weissman Blues - Blind Thomas (3:06)
  11. 11 Dasein River Blues - Blind Thomas (3:12)
  12. 12 Racemic Tartrate River Blues, Pt. 1 - Blind Thomas (3:11)
  13. 13 Racemic Tartrate River Blues, Pt. 2 - Blind Thomas (3:13)
  14. 14 Smoky Ordinary Blues (1) (Dance of the Inhabitants (1)) (3:01)
  15. 15 I Shall Not Be Moved - Blind Thomas (3:06)
  16. 16 Old Country Rock - Blind Thomas (3:11)
  17. 17 Little Hat Blues - Blind Thomas (3:19)
  18. 18 Guitar Solo Title Unknown (1) (Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent (2:57)
  19. 19 Guitar Solo Title Unknown (2) (Night Train to Valhalla (1)) (3:27)
  20. 20 Some Summer Day (2) (5:44)
  21. 21 The Langley Two-Step (1:37)
  22. 22 Dream of the Origin of the French Broad River (2:53)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Saint John's Hornpipe - Nancy McLean (1:12)
  2. 2 Sail Away Ladies - Nancy McLean (1:16)
  3. 3 Dreaming Under the B & O Trestle - Nancy McLean (3:19)
  4. 4 900 Miles - Nancy McLean (4:36)
  5. 5 Prince George's Dance - Nancy McLean (2:59)
  6. 6 Improvisation for Flute and Guitar - Nancy McLean (3:33)
  7. 7 Dorothy/Calvert Street Blues (1) (Brenda's Blues (2)) (1:40)
  8. 8 Brenda's Blues (3) (0:46)
  9. 9 Buck Dancer's Choice (2) (1:29)
  10. 10 Night Train to Valhalla (2) (4:22)
  11. 11 In the Pines - Vandiver & Fahey (2:49)
  12. 12 Pretty Polly - Vandiver & Fahey (3:31)
  13. 13 Take This Hammer - Vandiver & Fahey (4:09)
  14. 14 Yazoo Basin Blues (6:38)
  15. 15 Stomping Tonight On the (Old) Pennsylvania/Alabama Border (3:47)
  16. 16 Smoky Ordinary Blues (2) (Dance of the Inhabitants (2)) (2:22)
  17. 17 Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent (2) (3:17)
  18. 18 Bean Vine Blues (Pea Vine Blues) (2:18)
  19. 19 Green Blues - Mississippi Swampers (2:46)
  20. 20 Stone Pony - Mississippi Swampers (2:49)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Dorothy/Calvert Street Blues (2) (Brenda's Blues (4)) (0:57)
  2. 2 Days Have Gone By (3:11)
  3. 3 Some Summer Day (2) (3:47)
  4. 4 Texas & Pacific Blues (My Bucket's Got a Hole in It) - John Fahey's Shuffle Band (2:09)
  5. 5 John Henry Blues - John Fahey's Shuffle Band (2:37)
  6. 6 Brenda's Blues (5) (1:49)
  7. 7 St. Patrick's Hymn (1:52)
  8. 8 Bicycle Built for Two (1:24)
  9. 9 The Blues You Saved for Me (1:35)
  10. 10 House Carpenter (1:30)
  11. 11 How Long (1) (2:25)
  12. 12 The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California (4:32)
  13. 13 You Take the E Train (The Last Steam Engine Train) (2:33)
  14. 14 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God (3:14)
  15. 15 How Long (2) (2:11)
  16. 16 O Jesus I Have Promised (1) (3:06)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (1) (1:09)
  18. 18 Medley: (2)/O Jesus I Have Promised (2) (3:24)
  19. 19 I Am a Rake and Rambling Boy (1:46)
  20. 20 Medley: Goodbye Old Paint (1)/Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Doggie (1:25)
  21. 21 Goodbye Old Paint (2) (1:00)
  22. 22 Simple Gifts (0:53)
  23. 23 [Untitled] (3) (1:37)
  24. 24 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (1:41)
  25. 25 Goodbye Old Paint (3) (1:16)
  26. 26 Western Medley (6:01)
  27. 27 Durgan Park (2:06)
  28. 28 The Bitter Lemon (2:46)
  29. 29 Old Southern Medley (0:12)
  30. 30 Bottleneck Blues (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fahey Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Eddie Dean Liner Notes, Contribution
Anthony Lee Contribution
Byron Coley Liner Notes, Contribution
Melissa Stephenson Contribution
R. Anthony Lee Liner Notes
Glenn Jones Liner Notes, Contribution
Douglas Blazek Liner Notes, Contribution
Malcolm Kirton Liner Notes, Contribution
Claudio Guerrieri Liner Notes, Contribution
Chris Downes Contribution
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