Collected Site Downloads

There are a few downloads being attached to various posts within this blog, and I've collected the links here as well for convenience. I hope that if you use these links, you will enjoy the music, and return here to post a comment. None of these downloads are currently available commercially. The CD reissues of John's older albums are well worth obtaining; with a couple of exceptions they are very well presented.

The server that hosts these files removes them if there hasn't been a download in 60 days. If you find that a download you want has disappeared, just leave a comment to that effect and I'll get it up again.

There is a difficult-to-find 11 track version of Voice of the Turtle which is very different to the version used for the CD reissue. See the entry for that album for details but here are the tracks I've provided links for:.... Bottleneck Blues..... Bean Vine Blues..... A Raga Called Pat, Part III.... A Raga Called Pat, Part IV ..... Train

And here are five outtakes from 'Turtle': ....Lo How A Rose .... Kuolema .... Leaving Home .... Texas & Pacific Blues....The Bastrop Waltz

And some more Turtle outtakes; see the separate post for full details; it does however include what is believed to be 'A Raga Called Pat Part V'

Four of the recordings from the 1959 Blind Joe Death album were re-recorded for the 1964 release, one was edited, and one was dropped altogether. Here are the earliest versions, and the full St Louis Blues which was shortened in 1964:..... West Coast Blues ....St Louis Blues ....In Christ There Is No East or West ....The Transcendental Waterfall ....Desperate Man Blues....On Doing an Evil Deed Blues
There's a caveat here - Desperate Man Blues may well be the same recording as the '64 despite the different sound.

The 1967 Blind Joe Death did not have an edit of the 1964 Transcendental Waterfall (despite the claim in the CD notes), but a new performance: .....The Transcendental Waterfall (This is the 1968 stereo version)

Those first two albums 1967 versions sound considerably better in their intended mono than the subsequent stereo versions. Here are the 1967 mono recordings for Blind Joe Death and Death Chants

The CD release of America shortened Mark 1:15 by 2 minutes. Here's a link for the unedited version:..... Mark 1:15

Dance of Death has a track called 'Country Blues' appended to 'Give Me Cornbread' that is on the original US album, but not on later reissues or the CD. I originally posted the wrong track (!) but here is the correct one:..... Country Blues
And here's an outtake from the same sessions: The Television Song

And I've further outtakes (sometimes incomplete) from the same Adelphi sessions.

Fahey recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1 in 1969. From that session, here are:..... Bucktown Stomp..... The Death of the Clayton Peacock..... In Christ the is no East or West..... Steel Guitar Rag..... Sunflower River Blues

Here's some live material from 1972, 'The Voice of the Turtle' and a couple of medleys.

The Grown-So-Ugly blog has some interesting Fahey-related material. Worth a visit.

The downloads posted here are of material that is not in commercial circulation, and there seems no obvious likelihood that it will become so. It is not clear who now holds the copyright for John's unreleased work. I hope that people will buy legitimate releases where John's work remains available (and most of it does, of course), and that someone will take on the task of releasing all the other surviving recordings. If you own the rights to any material here, and wish it to be taken down, please email me and I shall of course be happy to do so.