April 27, 2023 – 6:57 am

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Evanston 1974/Portand 1967 [no label, 2CD]

Disc 1: Live at the Amazingrace Coffeehouse, Shanley Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; August 24, 1974. Very good soundboard. Disc 2: Live at Reed College, Portland, Oregon; April 8, 1967. Very good soundboard.

John Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been enormously influential and has been described as the foundation of the genre of American primitive guitar, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate 20th-century classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian influences into his work.

Fahey spent many of his later years in poverty and poor health, but enjoyed a minor career resurgence in the late 1990s, with a turn towards the avant-garde. He also created a series of abstract paintings in his final years. In 2003, he was ranked 35th on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. In February 2001, six days before his 62nd birthday, Fahey died at Salem Hospital after undergoing a sextuple coronary bypass. In 2006, no fewer than four Fahey tribute albums were released as a testament to his reputation as a “giant of 20th century American music”. - wikipedia

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Disc 1
Amazingrace Coffeehouse, Shanley Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; August 24, 1974

Thanks to OldNeumanntapr and frenfri for sharing the show at Dime.

Track 01. Thus Krishna On The Battlefield 10:10
Track 02. Fare Forward Voyagers 24:08
Track 03. Owchita/Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain 19:00
Track 04. On The Sunny Side of The Ocean (false start) 0:19
Track 05. On The Sunny Side of The Ocean/Spanish Two-Step 9:45
64 mins

Track 06. The Revolt Of The Dyke Brigade/Requiem For Mississippi John Hurt 7:05
Live at the Great American Music Hall; San Francisco, CA; October 10, 1974 (soundboard)

Disc 2
Reed College, Portland, Oregon; April 8, 1967

Thanks to Steve Halpern, grner1 and zuma11 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

SBD > Master reel > cassette (1985, mono)
Transfer (2019 by grner1 & zuma11): Cassette > Nakamichi Dragon > Protools 12 (at 24bit/48kHz), tracking & trimming (no EQ or compression) > 16/44.1 > xACT 2.48 > flac

Track 01. St Louis Blues 2:50
Track 02. The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party Part 1 2:22
Track 03. The Great San Bernadino Birthday Party Part 2 5:00
Track 04. Requiem for Russell Blaine Cooper Part 1 2:20
Track 05. Requiem for Russell Blaine Cooper Part 2 5:02
Track 06. Red Pony (Wine & Roses) 4:48
Track 07. On the Banks of the Owchita 5:06
Track 08. When the Catfish is In Bloom 6:45
Track 09. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip Of Spain 5:10
Track 10. In Christ There is No East Or West 3:10
43 mins

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  1. 19 Responses to “JOHN FAHEY - EVANSTON 1974 / PORTLAND 1967”

  2. Track 1 Disc 1 is missing

    By Roger S on Apr 27, 2023

  3. Hi BigO. Track 1, Disc 1 is STILL missing. Thanks.

    By sking on Apr 27, 2023

  4. Thanks for the fix BigO. I do like some Fahey. Already had the ‘67 show but the rest, from 1974, will be new to me. Keep up the good work.

    By sking on Apr 27, 2023

  5. Track 1 Disc 1 is still missing. The link now downloads Track 1 Disc 2. Thanks for the rest tho’.

    By rev.b on Apr 27, 2023

  6. Call in tha poloce .

    By Derrick on Apr 27, 2023

  7. Sking well they’re not the same track now!

    By Russell Blaine Cooper on Apr 27, 2023

  8. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Apr 28, 2023

  9. This fella had a big ole foot long hoagie in his trousers I hear .Super big dude . Big in the britches

    By ELU on Apr 28, 2023

  10. Rumor has it John had a Average Un

    By U L E on Apr 28, 2023

  11. Hey Jocko P, rumors recently circulating that it is your very own self who keeps starting these rumors. We all know you are an attention seeking numbnut - so stopping asking stooopid questions!

    By HHH on Apr 28, 2023

  12. “This site can’t provide a secure connection”…

    …because it’s run by ASSHOLES WHO DON’T GIVE A FUCK

    By Derrick on Apr 29, 2023

  13. There’s a secure connection between my diсk and your asshole Derrick.

    By HHH on Apr 29, 2023

  14. Theres a secure connection between your beefjerky and my mouth. Im dying to have a vanilla protein shake. I even bought whipped cream to swallow all of it

    By Mark on Apr 29, 2023

  15. I is jealous of Triple and Derrick. I ain’t got noone to suck me off but they is at it all the time.

    By Walter on Apr 29, 2023

  16. Walter, im bending over spreading my butt cheeks. go for it buddy. i can handle the pounding

    By Mark on Apr 29, 2023

  17. 1: There ain’t no pollution, hacking or vandalism thru Bigozine posts. Sorry to clean-up the facts.
    2: John Fahey was great and still is.
    3: See above.
    4: Ben dis-donc, le monde entier va sauter ou quoi?

    By Serge Zéni on Apr 30, 2023

  18. sergei, take your funky russian sputnik asshole out of here and dont let me see your ass in here again

    By Derrick on Apr 30, 2023

  19. Everything of interest to me that can’t be downloaded from here, even after installing other browsers, I’ve found at including this show.

    AND, you don’t have to deal with buttmunchers or racists!!!

    By Sumdh Umfuqh on May 1, 2023

  20. shut the fuck up you towel headed sand nigger. fucckin muhammad the A -RAB

    By Derrick on May 1, 2023

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