March 17, 2020

Glenn Jones House Concert

The Glenn Jones House Concert was recorded September 2006 in or around Seattle.
I consider Glenn to be one of the torch bearers for the great guitar playing style of John Fahey. Despite what the AllMusic review of his first studio release, I believe he does break new ground. The tunings and capo use is inventive and results in sounds that while true to Fahey, are more modern sounding and mature. American Primitive all grown up? Perhaps.

Probably the other factor is that Jones plays music that is very moody, not like that bad girlfriend you once had, but music that creates an aura. The guitar in Jones' hands is a storyteller. Too many instrumental guitarists fail to move me, not because they lack technique, but because they rely on it. Glenn has both technique and a story telling ability. Fahey was, at times, short on technique, but it didn't matter, he got the message across. Glenn likes to use dissonance to create the story he is telling and I think he has really taken it to another level. Fahey's Dance of Death was amazing, but I don't think he ever topped it or matched it and it was rather early in his long career. Jones is also fond of playing the 12 string. Gotta love the 12 string.
Give it a listen and please drop a comment.

Track listing
1. Intro (Greetings)
2. Freedom Raga
3. Intro (Talking)
4. The Teething Necklace
5. Intro (Talking)
6. Against My Ruin
7. Intro (Talking)
8. The Doll Hospital
9. Intro (Talking)
10.David And The Phoenix
11.Intro (Talking)
12.Sphinx Unto Curious Men

Artist website

Get it HERE

John Fahey live at Passim's in Cambridge, MA on April 16th, 1986

John Fahey live at Passim's in Cambridge, MA on April 16th, 1986
Cassette received in trade long ago, unknown gen.
There are cuts in the recording
Maxell UDS-II 90 cassette > Tascam 302 > Audiograbber > Audacity > CD Wave Editor > TLH FLAC 6 aligned on sector boundaries using fix

Rank Stranger
March 2020 


A01 On the Sunny Side of the Ocean
       Spanish Two-Step
       Spanish Fandango
       Spanish Two-Step
A02 Banter
A03 Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend
A04 How Green Was My Valley
A05 Banter
A06 Silent Night
A07 Banter
A08 Sunset on Prince George's County
       The  World is Waiting for the Sunrise
A09 Banter
A10 Deep River
       Ol' Man River
A11 Banter
A12 Rain Forest

B01 Steve Talbot on the Keddie Wye
B02 Banter
B03 Ocean Waves
B04 Black Mommy
B05 Melody McOcean
B06 Banter
B07 Beverley
B08 The Revolt of the Dyke Brigade
       Requiem for John Hurt
B09 Sunflower River Blues

Total time: 91:03"

December 6, 2019

Ten Years Gone : A Tribute to Jack Rose

November 2, 2019

John Fahey live at the Grand Theater in Salem Oregon on December 12th 1991.

John Fahey live at the Grand Theater in Salem Oregon on December 12th 1991.

 Italy 1982 by Roberto Menabo (?)

d/l link


A01 Intro
A02 Son House
    Mood Indigo
    O' Holy Night
A03 O' Little Town Of Bethlehem
    Rain Forest
A04 Jingle Bells
    Son House (fragment)
    My Prayer
A05 Talking And Tuning
A06 Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend
A07 Talking
A08 Snowflakes
A09 Silent Night
A10 Worried Blues
    Come On In My Kitchen

End of first set

B01 Tuning
B02 Red Rocking Chair
with fragments from: Russel Blaine Cooper
                     Willie Moore
                     The Voice Of The Turtle
                     Pretty Polly
                     Russell Blaine Cooper
B03 Talking And Tuning
B04 The Sea Of Love
    Blueberry Hill
    The Great Pretender
    In The Still Of The Night
    The Thing At The End of New Hampshire Avenue
    Come Softly and Go With Me
B05 The First Noel
B06 Talking And Tuning
B07 We Three Kings Of Orient Are
    What Child is This (fragment)
B08 What Child is This
    Hark! The Herald Angel Sing
    O Come All Ye Faithful   
B09 Irish Medley

August 17, 2019

Isasa - US East Coast Tour

US East Coast Tour Artwork: @abelcuevas

8/16 Boston, MA @ House Show
8/17 Turner Falls, MA @ Peskeomskut Park
8/18 New Haven, CT @ Never Ending Books
8/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Synesthesia
8/20 Philadelphia, PA @ The Random Tea Room 8/21 Washington, DC @ Rhizome
8/22 Baltimore, MD @ Club 603
8/23 Staunton, VA @ Black Swan Books & Music 8/24 Blackburg, VA @ Oddfellow’s Lodge
8/25 Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street
8/26 Lousville, KY @ Chapel of St. Phillip Neri
8/27 Nashville, TN @ Proper Saké Co.
8/28 Birmingham, AL @ House Show
8/29 Athens GA @ Flicker Theatre
8/30 Asheville, NC @ Static-Age Records
8/31 Durham, NC @ House Show


August 1, 2019


Heinrich Kley
From the fine person who sent me these tapes:

The origins of the “77 session” tapes are shrouded in mystery. That they were professionally recorded studio tapes is no longer in doubt – as was born out when Shanachie Records issued “God, Time & Causality” in the 1990s. Aural comparison of certain tracks from the ’77 sessions confirms that they derive from the same masters. They can’t have originated with Shanachie, which did not exist as a record company in 1977. We speculate that the tapes were actually made in the Yazoo studio in New York by the late Nick Perls. Perls, owner of Yazoo, was known to have recorded (in 1972) Fahey and also possessed unissued tapes of other artists such as Woody Mann and Ari Eisinger. Shanachie took over the Yazoo catalogue in 1989 – so it’s entirely possible they may have received unissued master tapes. An alternative theory is that they were demo tapes for the Takoma “Visits Washington D.C.” album which came out in 1979. Some of the themes (notably “Melody Brennan”) were reprised on that album.

This dub of the tapes came to me via one Jürgen Kleine, a Fahey fan and early collector in Germany. I began corresponding with Jürgen sometime in the early 1970s after answering a small ad he placed in “Guitar” magazine seeking contact with other Fahey fans. Jürgen’s importance to what Fahey described as his “spy network” can’t be under-estimated. He became the fount, the conduit through which tablature, bootleg cassette tapes, photocopies of magazine articles – anything Fahey-related – was disseminated to the (at that time) smallish circle of Fahey fans. The network included Glenn Jones, Ragtime Ralph and maybe a dozen or so others. Jürgen’s 1984 letter enclosing the cassettes states that he had full permission from Fahey to copy for distribution. But he does not say where he got the tapes from. He may have gotten from Fahey himself, as with some of the material he sent me. Perhaps Glenn Jones? Who knows?

Anyway, it’s my opinion for what it’s worth that the tapes represent Fahey at the top of his game and are some of the most interesting of the unreleased bootlegs.



Below is the post from for these unreleased tapes. The pieces that match the God Time & Causality have been omitted.

Sandy on Earth
Originally titled "The Nut House". Rerecorded (or not) for "God Time & Causality" 12 years later. By which I mean that on the unreleased version we have these little occasional electronic effects, reverb and echo and such, which really add a tinge of excitement. Not that the unvarnished "Let It Be" version isn't a major classic.

Bossa Nova Song 1 & 2
   Parts of this recycled into "Melody McBad"
Melody Brennan
Hare Krishna Song 1 & 2
   The main theme of this drop-dead brilliant 18 minute piece was used in "Charlie Becker's Meditation" on "Railroad". We tried at various times to get Fahey to a) remember this piece, and b) having remembered it, get it released. As you will realise, to no avail.

Melody McBad/Portland Cement Factory/Funeral Song for John Hurt
   Rerecorded (or not) for "God Time & Causality" 12 years later.

Unknown Song Takes 1 & 2
Unknown Bossa Nova
Unknown Song/Nut House
Lover Come Back to Me
Lover Come Back to Me/I'll See You in my Dreams
Unknown Song
Rubber Dolly
The Nut House (part)

February 28, 2019

John Fahey Guinness Fleadh Festival Randall's Island, New York on June 13th, 1998

John Fahey Guinness Fleadh Festival Randall's Island, New York on June 13th, 1998.

From a cassette received in trade, unknown generation.

Lineage: Tascam 302 > McIntosh C40 Preamp > TEAC CD-RW 890 MK2 > CDRW ripped with EAC (secure mode), cut and indexed with CD Wave Editor >
         Audacity > TLH Flac level 6, aligned on sector boundaries using fix.

Total time: 36:29"

No tracklist, any info welcome!