In 1967, Fahey's first two albums were re-recorded for the burgeoning stereo market which resulted in this version of Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes. Death Chants is John Fahey's second album, following the brilliantly apocryphal Blind Joe Death. As massive as that earlier work was, it represented only a tentative first step towards the fields of hodologic splendor that our hero would go on to create.
Death Chants represents a much more fully realized syncretism of the modernist and primitive poles between which Fahey wobbled. It is also the first album he deigned to release entirely under his own name and the one with which he truly began to cast a shadow across the blandly-lit landscape of the world's subconscious.
"It's a work that beautifully displays both Fahey's virtuosity on folk and blues guitar and a distinct composing voice that draws much from folk and blues traditions..." -Richie Unterberger, allmusic.com
1. John Henry Variations
2. The Downfall of The Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill
3. Take A Look At That Baby
4. Dance of The Inhabitants of The Palace of King Philip XIV
6. Episcopal Hymn
7. Sunflower River Blues
8. When the Springtime Comes Again
9. Stomping Tonight On the Pennsylvania / Alabama Border
10. Some Summer Day
11. On the Beach At Waikiki
12. Spanish Dance