John Fahey – God,Time And Causality (1989)

FrontCover1John Fahey’s the missing link between Delta blues and new age acoustic enlightenment, with a broad stylistic range that also touches on indian ragas, the modal sound of Gregorian chants, dusty flamenco shadings and classical forms as well as Hawaiian and bottleneck pickings. The steel string superman has been at it for over 30 years now since starting Takoma records back in `59, and has continually enriched his style to incorporate a deeper sense of his Delta blues roots, taking his compositions beyond the standard pop framework to create breathtakingly picturesque mood-scapes ranging from somber and dark to finger-pickin’ ecstasy. God, Time And Causality is an all-instrumental record with several extended medleys (three over 11 minutes) that give the listener a front seat taxi ride through the unpaved backroads, shanty villages and enchanted forests that Fahey summons on his acoustic guitar. Fans of Ry Cooder’s soundtrack work, Leo Kotke, Jorma Kaukonen, Taj Mahal, Michael Hedges and Will Ackerman should dive into the guitar artistry of John Fahey, the man who’s been an influence on them all. Guaranteed to cool off even the most severe cases of hot foot this summer. (by CMJ New Music Report Issue,1990)

John Fahey (guitar)

01. Revelation (Patton) 3.47
02. The Red Pony (Fahey) 6.28
03. Lion (Hawkins) 6.38
04. Medley: Interlude / The Portland Cement Factory / Requiem For Mississippi John Hurt (Traditional/Fahey) 11.37
05. Medley: Snowflakes / Steamboat ‘Gwine Around The Bend / Death Of The Clayton Peacock / How Green Was My Valley (Traditional/Fahey) 11.46
06. Medley: Sandy On Earth / I’ll See You In My Dreams (Hawkins/Travis/Traditional/Fahey) 16.29