Brilliant work from the young John Fahey – a record that instantly captures its time-bending feel with
its title, and which more than delivers on its promise with
the music! The songs here are hardly real "plantation favorites", but Fahey evokes this antebellum sensibility with
his sound – pre-blues, pre-folk modes that are actually his own new inventions on the guitar at the time – a cosmic intertwining of tradition and individual vision that was first set fire with
records like this, then continued to inspire for decades to come. Fahey plays solo throughout – save for one duet with
William Barth – and titles include "Wine & Roses", "How Long", "On The Banks Of The Owchita", 'Worried Blues", "What The Sun Said", "Revelation On The Banks Of The Pawtuxent", "Poor Boy", "Variations On The Coocoo", "The Last Steam Engine Train", "Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry", and "Dance Of Death".
(Great pressing – with heavy cover and paste-on image, like the original Takoma version!)