The Revenge of Blind Joe Death: The John Fahey Tribute Album
is a tribute CD to guitarist John Fahey
released in 2006 by Takoma Records
This John Fahey tribute album was produced by Jon Monday
, former art director and later Vice President and General Manager of Fahey's label, Takoma Records
. It contains a collection of interpretations of Fahey compositions and original compositions played in Fahey's style. All the performers were either friends, students, collaborators or label-mates of Fahey.
The final song, recorded to sound like a scratchy 78 rpm record, is credited to Blind Joe Death himself, Fahey's alter-ego during his early career. The actual performer is not revealed.
In his Allmusic
review, critic Mark Deming praised the album and many of the performances, but also wrote "... the sense of creative adventure and musical risk that was so much a part of John Fahey's music is largely missing, and a number of the guitarists here offer renditions that are so close to the sound and style of the original that they seem almost pointless except as a show of technique..." and that it is "a well-intentioned labor of love, but its polished surfaces lack the edgy textures that were so important to Fahey's work"
Daniel Spicer of PopMatters
singled out specific performances as "less successful" as others, but called the album "commendable and hugely enjoyable tribute to a unique giant of... Read More