The seminal debut of the great John Fahey
– posing here as Blind Joe Death – an acoustic guitarist whose bluesy undercurrents showcase Fahey
's love of early recorded music! The style is pure Fahey
throughout – those magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked strings of his guitar – echoing older blues and folk modes, but never in a way that's stereotypical – and which is already woven through with the kind of sonorities that continued to make Fahey
such an important artist over the years. Think of the set as a skewed version of American history – filtered through one mind and one set of hands – and you'll be well on the way to understanding the power of this music. The set features songs penned by Fahey
, and redone versions of older numbers – and tracks include "West Coast Blues", "St. Louis Blues", "I'm A Poor Boy Far Away From Home", "John
Hardy", "Transcendental Waterfall", "Desperate Man Blues", "Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door", and "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues".
(70s orange & purple label pressing. Cover has some splitting on spine and top seam, ring & edge wear, piece of tape on top seam, name in pen on the back, corner bend.)