John Fahey Blind Joe Death LP
Only 100 Originally Pressed! Special Repressing of this Extremely Important album from 1959!
John Fahey's first album, Blind Joe Death, is significant in that it was one
of the first albums to be recorded and produced by an 'independent artist'.
The fact that only 100 copies were pressed of that original version is
incredible and makes it extremely rare.
Initially released in 1959 in a very limited edition, one side of the record was credited to a mythical bluesman named Blind Joe Death, while the other side was credited to Fahey himself. The recording of steel string acoustic guitar solos was "incredibly avant-garde" in 1959. It was released on Takoma Records, Fahey's own creation.
Its popularity, significance in guitar music, and critical reception has
steadily increased over the years. The 1967 release received five stars in the
second edition of the Rolling Stone Record Guide.
Music historian Richie Unterberger characterized the impact of Blind Joe Death,
noting it as being "a very interesting record from a historical
perspective...as few if any other guitarists were attempting to interpret blues
and folk idioms in such an idiosyncratic fashion in the late '50s and early
On April 6, 2011, the album was deemed by the Library of Congress to be
"culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" and added to the
United States National Recording Registry for the year 2010.
• Vinyl LP
John Fahey, guitar
1. On Doing An Evil Blues
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
4. Uncloudy Day
5. John Henry
6. In Christ There Is No East Or West
1. The Trascendental Waterfall
2. Desperate Man Blues
3. Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Some Day
4. Sligo River Blues
5. I'm Going To Do All I Can For My Lord