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HALL OF FAMEon January 1, 2000
John Fahey may be most recognized for helping launch fellow finger-style guitarist Leo Kottke's career (check out the CD re-issue of John Fahey/Peter Lang/Leo Kottke), but over the course of 40 years and dozens of albums for several labels (which unfortunately go in and out of print) Fahey has produced an impressive body of work.
While many of them are superb and all are if nothing else interesting, The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (you gotta love this guy's album titles!) is one of his best.
Fahey absorbed his folk and rural blues influences into what he called "American primitive guitar." It's as good as description as any. Whatever you call his music, after listening to it Fahey will become the standard by which all other guitarists are compared.
His unaccompanied accoustic guitar work--though not flashy--is always engaging and haunting.
If this whets your appetite sufficiently, check out Rhino's well-chosen two-disc anthology Return of the Repressed which includes 42 songs from 20 albums. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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