The Yellow Princess [Bonus Tracks]

The Yellow Princess [Bonus Tracks]

by John Fahey

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This particular John Fahey side is a personal favorite of many of his devout fans for several reasons. And although such a judgment is tough, if one were looking to own only one album by this unique guitarist, The Yellow Princess could be the one. The recording sound is among the best of his many releases; at the proper volume, the effect is as if one had taken up residency inside the sound hole of a giant acoustic guitar. The program of pieces is marvelously emotional and varied, with many moments of precisely stated harmonies moving at courageously slow tempos. The second piece on the first side, "View (East from the Top of the Riggs Road/B&O Trestle)," is surely one of his masterpieces, on a par with Charles Ives for musical Americana. It is a great added bonus to have liner notes by the artist, some of the best and most absurd text he ever came up with. Yet another reason this is one of Fahey's top sides is it allows a chance to hear one of his few collaborations with other musicians. Several members of the fine rock group Spirit are present, along with drummer Kevin Kelley, for several lovely pieces, including "March! For Martin Luther King," a remarkably heartfelt tribute that could have gone on much longer. Taped sounds and electronic effects on "The Singing Bridge of Memphis, Tennessee" certainly predict the more noisy stuff Fahey would get into in the later part of his career. [The record was reissued in 2006 with the addition of three bonus tracks.]

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The Yellow Princess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I have known about John Fahey for a long time but this is the first recording of his I have bought. It is easy to see why critics rave about him. At first I thought he was a slower Leo Kottke but as the CD continued I found that he used other musicians and sound effects to vary the texture. His work has a dignity and sadness about it that Kottke lacks (an observation,not a criticism). I plan to buy more of his CD's.