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  • Louisiana Blues (Colored Vinyl) Louisiana Blues (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Louisiana Blues (Colored Vinyl)


    Limited Edition Of 600 On Bottleneck Brown Vinyl


    Comes With A 8 Page Booklet


    Over 50 years since his discovery by ethnomusicologists Dr. Harry Oster and Richard Allen in the prison farm of Angola, Louisiana, what is it that makes the blues as sung and picked by Robert Pete Williams such a singular listening experience, unequaled elsewhere in that musical form? As Peter Guralnick, in his Feel Like Going Home book writes: "It's difficult to approve the banalities of most blues singers after listening to Robert Pete Williams. More than anyone else he shatters the conventions of the form and refuses to rely upon any of the clichÉs, either of music or of lyric, which bluesman after bluesman will invoke. Instead he sings blues which reflect a unique and personal vision; he makes each song unmistakably his own."


    Unfamiliar keys, clichÉ-free lyricism, spontaneity, an individualistic style in invoking his particular blues, all make Robert Pete Williams an idiosyncratic entry into the canon. It's impossible to listen to blues artists before him and hear strains of his particular style. None have matched it since. Louisiana Blues contains 10 songs recorded in the month of July 1966 out in Berkeley, California for John Fahey's Takoma imprint.

    1. Somebody Help Poor Me
    2. Freight-Train Blues
    3. It's Hard To Tell
    4. I'm Going Down Slow
    5. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
    6. Ugly
    7. So Long Boogie
    8. This Is A Mean Old World To Me
    9. High As I Want To Be
    10. It's A Long Old Road
    Robert Pete Williams
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  • Blind Joe Death Volume 1 Blind Joe Death Volume 1 Quick View

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    Blind Joe Death Volume 1

    For several years major labels had been issuing records in both mono and stereo formats. By 1967 Takoma was doing well enough financially to justify the recording of Fahey's first and second albums for the burgeoning stereo market. Thus Vol.1: Blind Joe Death, as the record would be titled henceforth, was recorded for the third time and it is probably this release that most people are familiar with today. For the new version Fahey recorded all but one song on the album. He recorded one new track for the reissue: I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My Lord. His new take of the Episcopal hymn In Christ There Is No East or West would become the most well-known and oft-played song on the album.
    1. On Doing An Evil Deed 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
    7. The Transcendental Waterfall
    8. Desperate Man Blues
    9. Sun Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday Blues
    10. Sligo River Blues
    11. I'm Gonna Do All I Can For My Lord
    John Fahey
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • 6 & 12 String Guitar 6 & 12 String Guitar Quick View

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    6 & 12 String Guitar

    The release of this truly iconic album virtually launched Leo Kottke out beyond the St. Paul-Minneapolis confines where he had been ensconced as a local phenom. By jumping on board John Fahey's burgeoning Takoma label, Kottke's guitar wizardry (especially finger-picking a 12-string, usually reserved as rhythm accompaniment) gave other guitarists far and wide, second thoughts. Throw in some sassy slide work on both 6 & 12 String Guitar and you'll know why this particular record is commonly referred to as an Intro to Guitar 101. With twelve original compositions plus a few by J.S. Bach, Kottke's blues, folk, country and classical channelings dictate both his playful and reflective approach on each. Highlights include blazing picking techniques on Busted Bicycle and Vaseline Machine Gun with some muscular bottleneck slide work on The Sailor's Grave On The Prairie.

    1. The Driving Of The Year Nail
    2. The Last Of The Arkansas Greyhounds
    3. Ojo
    4. Crow River Waltz
    5. The Sailor's Grave On The Prairie
    6. Vaseline Machine Gun
    7. Jack Fig
    8. Watermelon
    9. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
    10. The Fisherman
    11. The Tennessee Toad
    12. Busted Bicycle
    13. The Brain Of The Purple Mountain
    14. Coolidge Rising
    Leo Kottke
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    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blind Joe Death Blind Joe Death Quick View

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    Blind Joe Death

    John Fahey's first album, released in 1964 for the record label he co-founded, is a beautiful introduction to this incredible artist. Blind Joe Death remains a wonderful album and displays Fahey's ability to re-interpret the blues and folk idioms prevalent at the time in his own inimitable style.
    1. West Coast Blues (Blind Blake)
    2. St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy)
    3. I'm a Poor Boy a Long Ways from Home (Barbecue Bob)
    4. Uncloudy Day (Josiah Kelley Alwood)
    5. John Henry (Traditional)
    6. In Christ There Is no East or West (Episcopal Church Hymn)
    7. The Transcendental Waterfall (Fahey)
    8. Desperate Man Blues (Arranged by John Fahey)
    9. Sun Gonna Shine in My Back Door Someday Blues (Arranged by John Fahey)
    10. Sligo River Blues (John Fahey)
    11. On Doing an Evil Deed Blues
    John Fahey
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  • Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II Quick View

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    Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II

    Christmas with John Fahey, Vol. II is a Christmas album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, originally released in 1975.
    1. Oh Holy Night
    2. Medley: Oh Tannenbaum / Angels We Have Heard on High / Jingle Bells
    3. Russian Christmas Overture
    4. White Christmas
    5. Carol Of the Bells
    6. Christmas Fantasy Part 1
    7. Christmas Fantasy Part 2
    John Fahey
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  • Mississippi Blues Mississippi Blues Quick View

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    Mississippi Blues

    Originally released in 1969 on John Fahey's Takoma record label, Mississippi Blues, is one of the finest albums White produced during his later period after being rediscovered by the folk revival of the 1960s. A pre-war country-blues artist of the highest order, White, like many of his contemporaries had lived in obscurity for many years, but his great talent remained. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe tip-on jacket.
    1. Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues
    2. Baby Please Don't Go
    3. New Orleans, Streamline
    4. Parchman Farm Blues
    5. Poor Boy Long Way from Home

    6. Remembrance of Charley Patton
    7. Shake 'Em on Down
    8. I Am in the Heavenly Way
    9. Atlanta Special
    10. Drunk Man Blues
    11. Army Blues
    Bukka White
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Digging In The Dust: Home Recordings 1976 Digging In The Dust: Home Recordings 1976 Quick View

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    Digging In The Dust: Home Recordings 1976

    Songwriter/guitarist Mark Fosson grew up in Kentucky, where he began writing songs while he was still in his early teens. In the late '70s he sent some song demos to John Fahey's West Coast-based Takoma Records, and Fahey, impressed with what he heard, offered Fosson a recording deal. Fosson lost no time in relocating to Los Angeles and began recording with Fahey, but as bad luck would have it, Takoma was in some difficulty, and the label soon folded. Fahey allowed Fosson to retain the master tapes of the sessions, however.


    Now located on the West Coast, Fosson met fellow songwriter Edward Tree, and the two began working together, eventually forming the Bum Steers, a country-tinged group, in the late '80s. Fosson material appeared on several soundtracks through the 1990s. In 2001 he began collaborating with singer/songwriter Lisa O'Kane, who recorded several of his songs, and Fosson also began recording a solo project, Jesus on a Greyhound, which was eventually released on Big Otis Records. The record drew positive reviews and Fosson was frequently compared to Americana artists like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, John Prine, and Guy Clark.


    The Fahey material finally saw the light of day as The Lost Takoma Sessions from Drag City Records in 2006. His instrumental piece Another Fine Day is featured on the critically acclaimed Tompkins Square compilation Imaginational Anthem. Now Tompkins Square has put together more hard to come by but welcome material from this gifted artist with the collection Digging In The Dust: Home Recordings 1976, an 11-track set of home recordings Fosson made circa 1976.

    1. Quarter Moon
    2. Arrival of the Grand Picayune
    3. Cosmic Hiccup
    4. Frozen Fingers
    5. Gorilla Mountain
    6. Nancy's Waltz
    7. Sky Piece
    8. Back in the Saddle Again
    9. Chillicothe
    10. Frozen Fingers (alternate take)
    11. Quarter Moon (alternate take)
    Mark Fosson
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  • The Seal of the Blue Lotus The Seal of the Blue Lotus Quick View

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    The Seal of the Blue Lotus

    Originally released on John Fahey's Takoma Records in 1965, The Seal of the Blue Lotus is the debut album from American guitar soli legend Robbie Basho. In college Basho immersed himself in the study of Asian art and culture, even changing his last name to that of the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, and his music shows a much greater Eastern influence than contemporaries like John Fahey and Peter Lang. Basho was particularly entranced by the raga form which is apparent in classics like "Dravidian Sunday" from this album. A guitar soli masterwork reissued here on 180 gram vinyl.
    1. Seal of the Blue Lotus
    2. Mountain Man's Farewell
    3. Dravidian Sunday
    4. Bardo Blues
    5. Sansara In Sweetness After Sandstorm
    6. Black Lotus - Hymn to Fugen
    Robbie Basho
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Voice Of The Turtle The Voice Of The Turtle Quick View

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    The Voice Of The Turtle

    Reissued on 180 Gram Gatefold Vinyl in a Deluxe Tip-on Jacket With an Exact Replica of The Original 12 Page Booklet.


    The Voice Of The Turtle is one of the most beguiling albums from one of America's most legendarily beguiling musicians. Originally released in 1968 on his own Takoma label, Fahey credits some of the compositions and performances to the fictional guitarist Blind Joe Death, and some of the songs are actually rumored to not be Fahey at all but in fact obscure blues 78s. Whatever the case may be, it's one of Fahey's most adventurous and beautiful LPs.

    1. Bottleneck Blues
    2. Bill Cheatum
    3. Lewisdale Blues
    4. Bean Vine Blues
    5. Bean Vine Blues #2
    6. A Raga Called Pat, Part III
    7. A Raga Called Pat, Part IV
    8. Train
    9. Je Ne Me Suis Reveillais Matin Pas En May
    10. The Story Of Dorothy Gooch, Part I
    11. Nine-Pound Hammer
    12. Lonesome Valley
    John Fahey
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  • Fate Is Only Twice Fate Is Only Twice Quick View

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    Fate Is Only Twice

    Released as a short-run private press LP in 1965, 'Fate Is Only Once' has long been a coveted collectible among American Primitive guitar enthusiasts. The album presages the broader movement. Acoustic musicians were still largely stuck in a rigid Folk mindset in 1965, and there are just not that many other examples of the exploratory guitar sounds found on 'Fate' during this time period. Alternating between haunting originals and jaunty blues-based traditional numbers, this absurdly rare LP was reissued by Tompkins Square in 2006.


    Taussig's only other recorded works appear on the long out-of-print Takoma compilation 'Contemporary Guitar Spring '67' alongside John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Max Ochs and Bukka White. Taussig spent years as an educator, published instructional guitar books, and traveled extensively to photograph weird museums. Amazingly, he returns with his first album in 47 years, appropriately titled 'Fate Is Only Twice'. The same stark, smoldering playing is evident, all the humor and inventiveness intact.

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    Harry Taussig
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  • Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos / Visiting (Awaiting Repress) Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos / Visiting (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos / Visiting (Awaiting Repress)


    Includes Detailed Artwork And Two Essays By Leon


    Craig Leon's seminal synthesizer albums Nommos and Visiting are finally re-editioned in
    definitive form as the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 for RVNG Intl.'s archival
    series.


    Issued respectively by John Fahey's Takoma record label in 1980 and Leon's Arbitor
    private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard
    Craig Leon. Leon's production was pivotal in realizing the debut recordings by Ramones,
    Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound,
    Leon's own debut album was arguably, if not literally, more alien.


    In 1973 , the Brooklyn Museum hosted a comprehensive collection of sculptures by the
    Dogon of the Republic of Mali, a tribe whose religion is based in reveries and recollections
    of a visit from an extraterrestrial species they named Nommos. Years after experiencing the
    exhibit, Leon remained fascinated by the idea of alien visitors sharing not just stories of their
    home-planet, but musical traditions as well. For the classically trained Leon, a puzzle was
    presented and a challenge in place: what would music sound like if handed down from an
    ancient alien species? And how best to imagine it?


    Upon meeting Fahey in the late 70s, Leon pitched the concept as an opportune time to
    employ the latest and greatest synthesizer technology available. An avant empathist and
    eternally free spirit, Fahey enthusiastically green-lighted the project for his Takoma imprint.
    After a secluded week in an Austin, Texas studio with his partner, wife and collaborator
    Cassell Webb, Leon returned with a collection of incorporeal melodies generated by the
    Oberheim OB-X, Roland JP-4 and Arp 2600 synthesizers propelled by primitive rhythms
    programmed on a prototype of Roger Linn's nascent drum-machine, the LM-1.


    Issued by Fahey with zero expectation of the same radio airplay Leon accomplished
    with his pop productions, Nommos now stands as an innovative example of cosmic-synth
    composition that wasn't made for its time or any other. For this edition, Leon has in fact
    re-animated Nommos by re-recording the exact audio signals as preserved in the album's
    original studio notes. Every patch, tape-delay speed and outboard setting was transcribed
    as first scored, materializing the best possible audio from an album whose masters were lost
    in major label merger milieu years ago.


    Additionally, the re-master of Visiting was supervised firsthand by Leon. As its title
    suggests, Visiting materialized in 1982 as a conceptual continuation of Nommos. The
    album is in equal measure more improvisatory and constructed than its predecessor. Both
    albums were intended to be listened to as a set in the first volume of Leon's Anthology of
    Interplanetary Folk Music (the title was an homage to Harry Smith's influential collection of
    folk music issued two decades prior). A creative evolutionist, Leon made subtle edits and
    compositional additions to both albums to enhance the connectivity and encourage infinite
    interpretation.


    While reissues and bootlegs have appeared to relieve the demand for these records,
    this collection will stand as the first ever version authorized by Craig Leon himself. The
    vinyl edition will be housed in a 2xLP set that includes detailed artwork and two essays by
    Leon. The first tells the complete story of the stargazing Dogon people and their prescient
    understanding of cosmology. The second details Leon's adventure in creating the Anthology
    of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1, an epic story bookended on this side of history as one
    seamless synth classic.

    1. Ring With Three Concentric Discs
    2. Donkeys Bearing Cups
    3. Nommo
    4. Four Eyes To See The Afterlife
    5. She Wears A Hemispherical Skullcap
    6. One Hundred Steps
    7. Region of Fleeing Civilians
    8. Three Small Coins
    9. Visiting
    10. Details Suggest Fidelity To Fact
    11. The Customs of the Age Disturbed
    Craig Leon
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  • Of Time and Tides Of Time and Tides Quick View

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    Of Time and Tides

    Nick Jonah Davis is a guitarist from Nottingham, England. His early blues rock leanings led to the discovery of prewar blues, as well as modal British folk. Nick steadily absorbed these influences over many years of solitary improvisation. The post-Takoma acoustic guitar solo scene has provided a context for Nick's music, which might otherwise have remained a private endeavour. Live, Nick has shared bills in the U.K. and U.S.A. with the likes of James Blackshaw, Alasdair Roberts, Jozef van Wissem, Max Ochs, Ellen Mary McGee and Eric Carbonara.


    Nick first ventured into the studio to record his brief album, Guitar Recordings Vol 1, one of UNCUT/Wild Mercury Sound's Top 100 Albums of 2009. Of Time and Tides is his more expansive second release, featuring evocative solo performances on 6 and 12 string guitar, as well as duets with guitarist Will Phipps and pianist Ed Earl.

    1. Twiga
    2. Wooden Winds
    3. The Narrow Bridge
    4. Of Time and Tides
    5. Cold Wind on the Long Mynd
    6. Nine Stones Close
    7. Nocturne
    8. Mari Christina
    9. Death and the Monkey
    10. A Broken Circle
    11. Fred and Evelyn
    Nick Jonah Davis
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  • 6 & 12 String Guitar (Out Of Stock) 6 & 12 String Guitar (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    6 & 12 String Guitar (Out Of Stock)

    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Here's a gem from Analogue Productions that captures Leo Kottke's eclectic, innovative style the way it's never been heard on vinyl to date! This 200-gram, 45 RPM beauty plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings sounds fantastic.


    Leo Kottke's wide-release debut came about after he sent a cassette to John Fahey's Takoma label. Not suprisingly, it recalls Fahey's work in a number of respects: the synthesis of numerous influences from blues, pop, classical and folk styles, the weirdly titled instrumentals, even the tongue-in-cheek liner notes.


    6- & 12-String Guitar is the album that gave notice to the world, or the part of it that pays attention to steel-string guitars, that 24-year-old Leo Kottke was remarkable. Known to aficionados as "the armadillo album," for its cover illustration, the collection captured Kottke's eclectic, innovative style in all its crispness, melodic vitality and rhythmic urgency.


    For decades, Leo Kottke would inspire generations of fingerpicking acoustic guitarists (and help pave the way for New Age and contemporary instrumental music), but this 1969 album is the one that started it all. Kottke's brilliant debut was released, fittingly, on John Fahey's Takoma label. Showing the influence of Fahey himself (and Takoma labelmate Robbie Basho), Kottke performs impossibly difficult solo compositions that meld blues, bluegrass, and jazz techniques. Whether surefooted and quick (The Driving of the Year Nail, Jack Fig, The Fisherman) or slow and reflective (Ojo, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), Kottke's instrumental work is simply awe-inspiring. He'd forge an entire career out of this music and eventually incorporate singing onto his albums, but this gem is Kottke at his very best. Essential.- Amazon.com


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Driving of the Year Nail
    2. The Last of the Arkansas Greyhounds
    3. Ojo
    4. Crow River Waltz
    5. The Sailor's Grave on the Prairie
    6. Vaseline Machine Gun
    7. Jack Fig
    8. Watermelon
    9. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
    10. The Fisherman
    11. The Tennessee Toad
    12. Busted Bicycle
    13. The Brain of the Purple Mountain
    14. Coolidge Rising
    Leo Kottke
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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