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America

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01
Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker
4:20  
02
Amazing Grace
2:18  
03
Song #3
1:48  
04
Special Rider Blues
3:03  
05
Dvorak
3:42  
06
Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker 2
3:24  
07
Finale
3:12  
08
America
7:41  
09
Dalhart, Texas, 1967
10:58  
10
Knoxville Blues
3:08  
11
Mark 1:15
14:18  
12
Voice Of The Turtle
15:27  
13
The Waltz That Carried Us Away and Then A Mosquito Came and Ate Up MySweetheart
5:47  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 79:06

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zaireeka

Better than the rest, this one is really great.

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John Fahey, more than anyone else I have ever listened to, makes the kind of music that makes me glad that I exist and sad that one day I won't. I find his guitar playing to be a spiritual experience, and I am not an overtly spiritual person by any means. Mark 1:15.

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By John Morthland, Contributor

You can't say Revenant Records doesn't do right by its artists. Consider Exhibit A, the label's spectacular Grammy-winning box set, Screamin 'and Hollerin 'the Blues - The Worlds Of Charley Patton. There's a copy sitting on the corner of my desk right now - taking up more space than the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, I might add. The box's binder, the kind that used to hold the 78 rpm records that made up an "album,"… more »

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Preachin’ the Blues

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

"Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church/ You know I wanna be a Baptist preacher, just so I won't have to work" — Son House, "Preachin 'the Blues" Blues singers recorded dozens of superb gospel sides during the commercial recording heyday of the '20s and '30s, and later during the folk and blues revival of the late '50s and early '60s. Many blues singers had gospel songs in their repertoire, but… more »

They Say All Music Guide

In some respects this was Fahey at his most ambitious; two of the four songs (“Mark 1:15″ and “Voice of the Turtle”) clock in at around the 15-minute mark, and one of the others is entitled “The Waltz That Carried Us Away and Then a Mosquito Came and Ate Up My Sweetheart.” It’s actually typical of his work of the period, however: inventive acoustic guitar instrumentals that draw from folk and blues, with a sedate presentation that has a relaxing effect. The CD reissue, however, transforms it into an entirely different work. America was originally envisioned as a double LP, but around half of the material remained unreleased when it was cut down to a single disc; the CD restores the other nine songs that would have been included on the original program, pushing the length of the album to 79 minutes. The additional tracks are pretty similar in feel to the ones chosen for the original release, though perhaps more eclectic, including a Skip James cover, the third movement of Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony, and “Amazing Grace.” The song “America” (oddly omitted from the original America album) is a rare example of Fahey on the 12-string, and includes some pleasing passages of muted notes. – Richie Unterberger

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