John Fahey – Discography

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John Aloysius Fahey ( February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been enormously influential and has been described as the foundation of the genre of American primitive guitar, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate 20th-century classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian influences into his work.

Fahey spent many of his later years in poverty and poor health, but enjoyed a minor career resurgence in the late 1990s, with a turn towards the avant-garde. He also created a series of abstract paintings in his final years. Fahey died in 2001 from complications from heart surgery. In 2003, he was ranked 35th on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.

Albums:
1963 Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes (1998)
1964 The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (2009 Remastered, TAKCD-8909-2)
1965 Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes (Volume 2) (Vinyl-rip)
1965 The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (1997 Remastered, CDTAK 7015)
1966 Vol. 4. The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party And Other Excursions (2000 Remastered, CDTAK 6508)
1967 Days Have Gone By (2001 Remastered, CDTAK 6509)
1968 Requia & Other Compositions For Guitar Solo (1998)
1968 The New Possibility; John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album (1987 TakomaTAK 7020 US) (Vinyl)
1968 The New Possibility. John Fahey’s Christmas Album Vols. I and II (1993 Remastered, Takoma CDTAK 8912)
1968 The New Possibility. John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas (1986)
1968 The Voice of the Turtle (1996 Remaster, TAKCD-6501-2)
1968 The Yellow Princess (2006)
1968 The Yellow Princess (Vinyl-rip, 2008)
1969 Live in Santa Barbara (Bootleg)
1971 America (1998)
1973 After The Ball (2001) s
1973 Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier’s Choice) (2007)
1974 The Essential John Fahey (1993)
1975 Old Fashioned Love (1990)
1977 The Best Of John Fahey 1959 – 1977 (Takoma Records TAKCD 7058)
1979 Visits Washington D.C (2008)
1980 Live in Tasmania (2004 Remaster, TAKCD-6513-2)
1980 Yes! Jesus Loves Me (Guitar Hymns) (2007)
1982 Christmas Guitar. Volume One (1994)
1983 Railroad I (2007)
1985 Rain Forest, Oceans, And Other Themes (1988)
1986 Christmas Guitar
1987 I Remember Blind Joe Death
1987 John Fahey, Peter Lang, Leo Kottke
1989 God, Time and Causality
1991 The John Fahey Christmas Album
1992 Old Girlfriends And Other Horrible Memories
1994 Return of the Repressed – The John Fahey Anthology
1996 The Legend of Blind Joe Death (Remaster)
1997 City of Refuge
1997 The Epiphany Of Glenn Jones (& Cul de Sac)
1997 The Mill Pond
1997 Womblife
1998 Georgia stomps, Atlanta struts & other contemporary dance favorites
2000 Hitomi
2003 Red Cross
2004 The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick
2005 On Air
2011 Your Past Comes Back. To Haunt You. The Fonotone Years (1958-1965) (5CD)
2013 Christmas Soli

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