John Fahey Vol. 5: The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death on Colored LP
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Acoustic guitarist John Fahey was impossible to classify. His eclectic music included traditional-sounding folk pieces, Indian ragas, blues, and unpredictable modern works, not fitting securely into any specific category but somehow always sounding personal. The founder of the Takoma label (named after his hometown of Takoma Park, MD), Fahey performed instrumentals that, because of his use of space and atmosphere, hinted at New Age a couple of decades before that genre was born, but his music generally contained much more variety and expressed quite a few different moods, often unpredictably. The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death is Fahey's classic fifth album from the mid-1960s and is one of his most influential. This album covers an amazing variety of styles, moods, and influences here, and John's compositional and playing style is as unique as ever.