360-page hardback biography with CD, includes 290 sepia photographs CD features rare and electrifying audio recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia accompanied by a fiery sermon preached by Brother Claude Ely.
Christiaan Virant, creator of the legendary Buddha Machine, finally escapes his box of loops with this nine-track CD of contemplative, classically-inspired tunes.
Weaving instruments from East and West into a web of pulsing, moody music, Virant delivers a highly-listenable disk that rewards repeated visits to his ambient wonderland. Moving between China and Europe has allowed Virant a continuous access and appreciation of musical developments across the continents.
Whilst still deeply Zen in mood and tone, the tunes here interweave minimal textures through drone and drift. Beats move in soft boom or trippy pulsing glide rather than the rigourous edgy engine of techno.
Classical-trained Virant pays due homage to structure, drama and effect whilst completely understanding that, as Lou Reed once so accurately remarked, "repetition is antiglop".
Devotees of the Buddha Machine will treasure the connects and departures. Steve Barker, BBC radio host and columnist for Wire magazine.
Tracklisting: 1. Title Sequence 2. River Pearl 3. Monkey Mind 4. Fistful Of Buddha 5. Grey Zone 6. Metropolis Waltz 7. Do Better 8. Cricket 9. Yuan Yi
One DVD, 55 minute feature film, 40 minutes of bonus footage, 30 minute featurette on Joe’s life, Audio commentary by Joe, Two Country Classics radio shows, 8 page booklet, Clear amaray case.
Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, cajun and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.
“Check out the DVD Desperate Man Blues. Joe’s an eccentric record collector who’s preserved all sorts of magical corners of music – although he says things like ‘There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'” — Elvis Costello
“It’s nice to have a DVD of this great documentary on Joe Bussard, plus another featurette, King of All Record Collectors, and other bonus stuff. Bussard is a stone gas, grooving around his basement amidst one of the finest collections of pre-war 78s ever assembled. A few nice archival shots of Fahey, too. And the stories are hilarious.” — Byron Coley and Thurston Moore, #4 on their Top 80 of 2006
● 115 tracks on 5 CDs ● 88 page Hardback Book ● Extensive Notes and Essays ● Never-before-seen Photographs ● A co-release between Dust-to-Digital and Revenant
Oversized, hardback book with Gatefold Portfolio housing 5 CDs inside Slipcase.
More than 10 years in the making, this box set features the earliest recordings and the first book ever written about one of the most influential guitarists from the 1960s and ‘70s, John Fahey.
The five CDs feature 115 tracks, most of which are available on CD for the first time. The audio was remastered from Joe Bussard’s reel-to-reel tapes to achieve pristine sound quality. As for the accompanying book, the list of scholars who contributed essays includes Eddie Dean, Claudio Guerrierri, Glenn Jones, Malcolm Kirton, Mike Stewart and John’s childhood friend R. Anthony Lee. Byron Coley contributed a poem about John, and Douglas Blazek’s 1967 interview with Fahey is published for the first time.
Released 10 years after John Fahey’s death, this set puts one of the final puzzle pieces of Fahey’s career in place. Everyone can now hear where this guitar legend got his start – a smoky basement in Frederick, Maryland. Co-produced by Dean Blackwood of Revenant, Glenn Jones, and Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital, this set is released with the support of Joe Bussard and the John Fahey Estate.
The set is dedicated to John’s mother, Jane C. Hayes and the late musician Jack Rose.
“...the folk guitar-playing equivalent of William Burroughs or Bukowski. (Fahey) had a real edge to him.” --- Pete Townshend
“His music has that great feeling like in short fiction. It's unpredictable but inevitable. You're surprised but you realize that's how it had to happen, even though the elements are unpredictable. Every note was perfectly placed but unpredictable.” – Dean Blackwood, co-producer of Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You
"John was an essentialist, and the only thing essential to him was his art—his writing and his music—and everything else was just a distraction." – Dean Blackwood, co-producer of Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You
“Fahey was the first to demonstrate that the finger-picking techniques of traditional country and blues steel-string guitar could be used to express a world of non-traditional musical ideas -- harmonies and melodies you'd associate with Bartok, Charles Ives, or maybe the music of India." -- Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen)
"as monumental and singular a musical talent as any this country has produced." – Byron Coley
“Playing a six-string acoustic guitar, Mr. Fahey used country-blues fingerpicking and hymnlike melodies in stately pieces with classical structures. Wordless and unhurried, his music became a contemplation and an elegy, a stoic invocation of American roots, nameless musicians and ancestral memories. Behind its serene surface, the music was both stubborn and haunted.
...From the beginning, he was an iconoclast and a maverick.” -- Jon Pareles, The New York Times
“It is Mr. Fahey's moment as he rides back into view as an avant-garde father figure, whom the guitarist Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has acknowledged as a ''secret influence.''…Mr. Fahey's music is conceptually slippery: it belongs to no genre. Musicians within folk, neo-acoustic blues, New Age and now, strangely enough, post-everything avant-garde rock have claimed him as an inspiration...he may be best understood in the same category of self-inventing American composers as Charles Ives and Brian Wilson. --Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
“As much as any single person, Fahey advanced a persuasive case that the blues, jazz, and hillbilly performers of the '20s and '30s created the most vital and enduring American music of the past century… Though it began as somewhat of a lark, the Blind Thomas material reveals Fahey the musician already in full bloom, ransacking old blues and country songs for ideas to flesh out his excursions and meditations.” – Eddie Dean
"What attracted me to Fahey's music was that it was solitary — very austere but very emotional." – James Blackshaw.
Disc One: 1. Interview with John Fahey on Fonotone Records and Joe Bussard 2. Franklin Blues 3. Smoketown Strut 4. Steel Guitar Rag 5. Takoma Park Pool Hall Blues 6. Buck Dancer’s Choice 7. Medley: Pretty Polly / Shortnin’ Bread 8. Barbara Namkin Blues 9. In Christ There Is No East or West 10. Stak 'o Lee Blues [Louis Collins] 11. The Transcendental Waterfall 12. John Henry 13. Over The Hill Blues 14. St. Louis Blues 15. On Doing an Evil Deed Blues 16. Reinumeration Blues 17. The Transcendental Waterfall 18. Mississippi Boweavil Blues 19. Green River Blues 20. Over the Hill Blues 21. Libba’s Rag 22. Chris’s Rag
Disc Two: 1. St. Louis Tickle 2. Pat Sullivan’s Blues 3. Blind Blues [Martin’s Esso Blues] 4. Poor Boy Blues 5. Long Time Town Blues 6. Gulf Port Island Blues 7. Blind Thomas Blues Part 1 8. Blind Thomas Blues Part 2 9. New Newport News Blues #2 10. Wanda Russell’s Blues 11. Going Away to Leave You Blues 12. Lay My Burden Down 13. Hill High Blues 14. John Henry 15. Paint Brush Blues 16. Blind Thomas Blues Part 3 17. Blind Thomas Blues Part 4 18. You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond 19. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin’ Bed 20. Banty Rooster Blues 21. Tom Rushen Blues
Disc Three: 1. Yallaboosha River Blues 2. You Gonna Miss Me 3. Wissenschaftlich River Blues Part 1 4. Wissenschaftlich River Blues Part 2 5. Zekiah Swamp Blues 6. Nobody’s Business 7. Going Crabbing Talking Blues Part 1 8. Going Crabbing Talking Blues Part 2 9. You Better Get Right So God Can Use You 10. Weissman Blues 11. Dasein River Blues 12. Racemic Tartrate River Blues Part 1 13. Racemic Tartrate River Blues Part 2 14. Smoky Ordinary Blues [Dance of the Inhabitants] 15. I Shall Not Be Moved 16. Old Country Rock 17. Little Hat Blues 18. Guitar Solo Title Unknown [Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent] 19. Guitar Solo Title Unknown [Night Train to Valhalla] 20. Some Summer Day 21. The Langley Two-Step 22. Dream of the Origin of the French Broad River
Disc Four: 1. Saint John’s Hornpipe 2. Sail Away Ladies 3. Dreaming Under the B & O Trestle 4. 900 Miles 5. Prince George’s Dance 6. Improvisation for Flute and Guitar 7. Dorothy / Calvert Street Blues [Brenda’s Blues] 8. Brenda’s Blues 9. Buck Dancer’s Choice 10. Night Train to Valhalla 11. In the Pines 12. Pretty Polly 13. Take This Hammer 14. Yazoo Basin Blues 15. Stomping Tonight on the (Old) Pennsylvania / Alabama Border 16. Smoky Ordinary Blues [Dance of the Inhabitants] 17. Revelation on the Banks of the Pawtuxent 18. Bean Vine Blues [Pea Vine Blues] 19. Green Blues 20. Stone Pony
Disc Five: 1. Dorothy / Calvert Street Blues [Brenda’s Blues] 2. Days Have Gone By 3. Some Summer Day 4. Texas & Pacific Blues [My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It] 5. John Henry Blues 6. Brenda’s Blues 7. St. Patrick’s Hymn 8. Bicycle Built for Two 9. The Blues You Saved For Me 10. House Carpenter 11. How Long 12. The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California 13. You Take The E Train [The Last Steam Engine Train] 14. I Sing a Song of the Saints of God 15. How Long 16. O Jesus I Have Promised 17. Untitled 18. Medley: Untitled / O Jesus I Have Promised 19. I Am a Rake and Rambling Boy 20. Medley: Goodbye Old Paint / Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Doggies 21. Goodbye Old Paint 22. Simple Gifts 23. Untitled 24. Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie 25. Goodbye Old Paint 26. Western Medley 27. Durgan Park 28. The Bitter Lemon 29. Old Southern Medley (Fragment) 30. Bottleneck Blues
More than a half-century ago, a young country preacher from backwoods Alabama came to the big city and made his name leading one of Atlanta’s largest Baptist congregations. In a great Southern metropolis renowned for its preachers, Rev. Johnny L. Jones stood out for his unique delivery that combined solid theological grounding and moody, explosive flights into a high-turbulence zone between song and speech, earning him a reputation as the Fireball Preacher and more famously, The Hurricane. Jesus Christ from A to Z(PT-4001) was compiled from more than 50 years of reel-to-reel tapes of live church recordings.