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The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites [Remastered]
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Album: The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites [Remastered]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wine And Roses Album Version More Info... 3:25
2)    How Long Album Version More Info... 2:53
3)    On The Banks Of The Owichita Album Version More Info... 3:49
4)    Worried Blues Album Version More Info... 2:21
5)    What The Sun Said Album Version More Info... 10:08
6)    Revelation On the Banks Of The Pawtuxent Album Version More Info... 2:32
7)    Poor Boy Album Version More Info... 3:17
8)    Variations On The Coocoo Album Version More Info... 3:57
9)    The Last Steam Engine Train Album Version More Info... 2:15
10)    Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry Album Version More Info... 3:09
11)    Dance Of Death Album Version More Info... 7:36
12)    Tulip (Aka When You Wore A Tulip And I Wore A Big Red Rose) More Info... 2:41
13)    Daisy (Aka A Bicycle Built For Two) Album Version More Info... 1:17
14)    The Siege Of Sevastopol Album Version More Info... 1:19
15)    Steel Guitar Rag Album Version More Info... 2:10
 
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Performer Notes
  • Solo performer: John Fahey (acoustic guitar).
  • Producer: Ed Denson.
  • Reissue producer: Bill Belmont.
  • Recorded at Adelphi Studios, Silver Spring, Maryland on August 22, 1964. Includes liner notes by Lee Gardner.
  • Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
  • Personnel: John Fahey (guitar).
  • Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
  • Liner Note Author: Lee Gardner.
  • Recording information: Adelphi Studios, Silver Spring, MD (08/22/1964).
  • Listening to this classic 1967 LP, the keen-eared might note that the melody to "On The Banks Of The Wichita" was lifted directly from Ravi Shankar's 1962 "Theme From Pather Panchali." (Which is fine because it's a great melody.) John Fahey's method was always to take themes--sections--movements from the great store of American roots music (folk, blues, Tin Pan alley, even classical) and meld them together in an avant-garde genre of his own making. DANCE OF DEATH (1967) is a representative title in the superior run of albums Fahey recorded (and re-recorded) for his own Takoma label throughout the 60s, and speaks to Fahey's reputation for experimentation and eclecticism.
Professional Reviews
The Wire (3/00, p.56) - "...Strange, flowering, fulsome melodic pieces in open guitar tunings..."

Mojo (Publisher) (12/99, p.130) - "...strongly rooted in the traditions of the South....it vibrates with an intensity generated by the truly original."
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