365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 24

John Fahey – Railroad


It’s not his most groundbreaking album. It’s not his most dazzling album. It’s not his weirdest album. Mind you, Fahey has made groundbreaking, dazzling, and weird albums. But all the same, this is in fact my favorite one.

Partly, and admittedly, it’s that my missus first introduced me to it. But along with that, it’s just a simple, pure, genius example of genius Fahey.

This would be the last album he recorded for the wildly influential label Takoma, which he himself founded. When the album was first released, it was actually titled “Railroad 1.” Shanachie later reissued it just as “Railroad.”

Whatever you call it, it’s beautiful fucking music.

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