The Record Collection

John Fahey: Blind Joe Death 1959/1964/1967

Takoma C 1002

Track list:

01 – On Doing An Evil Deed Blues 1959 [4:30], 1963 [5:07], 1967 [3:56]
02 – St. Louis Blues 1959 [], 1963 [4:53], 1967 [3:15]
03 – Poor Boy Long Ways From Home 1959 [3:12], 1967 [2:23]
04 – Uncloudy Day 1959 [3:23], 1967 [2:22]
05 – John Henry 1959 [3:20], 1967 [2:05]
06 – In Christ There Is No East Or West 1959 [2:40], 1963 [2:21], 1967 [2:43]
07 – The Transcendental Waterfall 1959 [6:25], 1967 [10:35]
08 – Desperate Man Blues 1959 [4:02], 1963 [4:05], 1967 [3:58]
09 – Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday Blues 1959 [3:32], 1967 [4:36]
10 – Sligo River Blues 1959 [@4:00], 1963 [3:05], 1967 [2:33]
11 – West Coast Blues 1959 [3:06], 1963 [1:25]
or
11 – I’m Gonna Do All I Can For My Lord 1967 [1:24] (Added to BJD in 1967, and subsequent editions)

Personnel:

John Fahey/Blind Joe Death – Guitar

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Blind Joe Death 1959/1964/1967

Original issue recorded at St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Adelphi, Maryland (Apirl 5, 1959) by Pat Sullivan.

Packaged with Death Chants, Breakdowns, and Military Waltzes as John Fahey – The Early Sessions

Re-issued as The Legend of Blind Joe Death on CD 1996
—johnfahey.com

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Takoma C 1002 First Edition (distinguishable by the lack of issue numbers on either the label or the jacket)

From listening to these selections it is apparent that by April 1959 Fahey had absorbed direct influence from the works of Elizabeth Cotton, Two Poor Boys, Sam McGee, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Sylvester Weaver and Walter Beasley, Mississippi John Hurt or Frank Hutchison, and the Carter Family; not to mention the Episcopal Hymnal.

His amazing capacity for assimilation and synthesis thus became evident early in his recording career.

It is all the more amazing for the obscurity of the work of those artists before the inception of the Origin Jazz Library.

It is clear that John owes a debt to the Harry Smith Anthology, that miracle which justifies, by itself, the existence of Folkways.
—johnfahey.com

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Blind Joe Death (liner notes) (pdf 35KB)

Blind Joe Death (notes on songs) (pdf 109KB)

Blind Joe Death (The legend of BJD) (pdf 11KB)

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