Guitar Volume 4: The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party And Other Excursions

John Fahey

Guitar Volume 4 The Great San Bernardino Birthday
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    1. The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party 19:04
    2. Knott's Berry Farm Molly 4:30
    3. Will The Circle Be Unbroken 4:42
    4. Guitar Excursions Into The Unknown 3:30
    5. 900 Miles 3:02
    6. Sail Away Ladies 6:04
    7. Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel 2:00

John Fahey’s first three records were strongly traditional in orientation, though his strong feeling for drama and original arranging touch were always in evidence. But The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party was a radical departure in many ways. It is certainly a product of its time, the mid-Sixties, featuring collaborations with sitar, flute, and church organ. One track even utilizes tapes of Fahey’s guitar played backwards. In some ways these experiments point to the efforts of contemporary fingerpickers to combine their efforts with those of musicians from other cultures. Even more directly influential on the generation of guitarists who would look to Fahey for inspiration are two rambling solo pieces, the title track and the aptly-titled “Guitar Excursions into the Unknown.” Fahey fanatics have long considered The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party one of the most challenging records.

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