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Fare Forward Voyagers
Genres: Country, Blues, Folk
2007 reissue for John Fahey's 1973 Takoma release, his only non-Christian religious recording. Released for the first time with its original sleeve, the packaging also includes facsimiles of the "Yogaville West" leaflet th... more »
2007 reissue for John Fahey's 1973 Takoma release, his only non-Christian religious recording. Released for the first time with its original sleeve, the packaging also includes facsimiles of the "Yogaville West" leaflet that accompanied the first pressings. The album consists of three long tracks recorded in tribute to Swami Satchidananda. Fahey later said 'Probably the primary reason I got involved with them was that I fell in love with Swami Satchidananda's secretary Shanti Norris. So I was doing benefits for them, hoping to score points with her, and along the way I learned a lot of hatha yoga.' Takoma.
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One of Fahey's most brilliant albums
Counterbalance | Seattle | 11/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Fahey recorded one free-form album. And this is it.
Fare Forward Voyagers is Fahey's mystical album. It dives deep, and then swoops upward into complex reveries of cadences and rhythms. Although he occasionally anchors his compositions in delta blues hooks, the music pushes ever forward, as the title suggests.
Fare Forward Voyagers is one of the most sophisticated acoustic guitar albums ever recorded. However, it didn't sell as well as Fahey's more accessible albums, and he never again revisited this approach.
Fahey himself had warned against what he called "orientalism." And yet, here he is, flaunting his own rule. Again, according to Fahey, for the love of a Yogi's secretary.
But don't let this endearing story distract from the intent of the compositions. This album is a serious excursion.
If you are a Fahey follower, Fare Forward Voyagers is essential. If you are a guitar player or guitar music fan, it's a rare journey to the heights of solo acoustic guitar.
Heavy Theta | Lorton, Va United States | 01/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"an inspired effort, written and performed by the artist in his determination to obtain connubial bliss with the object of his heart's desire (a most noble quest), this recording combines such powerful yearning with sublime composition that is tinged with eastern spiritualism. it is a level of performance rarely if ever matched in his discography, or anybody else's for that matter. it should be mentioned that the lengthy title track is now featured on the best of john fahey cd, if you're looking to save a buck or two, given the relative expense of this title at this writing."