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Studio album by John Fahey
Released 1971
Recorded 1971 at Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Folk
Length 38:51 (Original)
79:16 (Reissue)
Label Takoma
Producer John Fahey
Professional reviews
John Fahey chronology
The New Possibility
Of Rivers and Religion

America is an album by American folk musician John Fahey, released in 1971.



Originally planned to be a double-LP, almost half of the material was cut when it was released as a single LP. The 1998 CD reissue by Takoma restores the unreleased tracks. The title song, "America", is an extended version of the song originally recorded on Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes and was cut from the original. It is a rare example of Fahey playing a 12-string guitar.

In 1972, referring to "Mark I:15", Fahey said "“Out of all the songs I ever wrote, I consider only two of them 'epic' or 'classic' or in the 'great' category and they are both on this record. It’s taken me more than five years to complete these."[1] The CD reissue edits out roughly two minutes from this track due to the time constraints of a single CD pressing.[2] America was reissued on a limited edition vinyl double album in 2009 on the San Francisco–based label 4 Men With Beards. It includes all tracks and a gatefold with a reproduction of the original album booklet.[3]

"Dvorak" is an arrangement of the third movement of Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.

Track listing

  • All songs by John Fahey unless otherwise noted.
  1. "Knoxville Blues" (Sam McGee) – 3:07
  2. "Mark 1:15" – 16:18
  3. "Voice of the Turtle" – 15:42
  4. "The Waltz That Carried Us Away and Then a Mosquito Came and Ate Up My Sweetheart" – 5:49

1998 reissue

  1. "Jesus Is a Dying Bedmaker" – 4:20
  2. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton) – 2:18
  3. "Song #3" – 1:48
  4. "Special Rider Blues" (Skip James) – 3:03
  5. "Dvorák" (Antonín Dvořák, arranged by Fahey) – 3:42
  6. "Jesus Is a Dying Bedmaker 2" – 3:23
  7. "Finale" – 3:10
  8. "America" – 7:40
  9. "Dalhart, Texas, 1967" – 11:01
  10. "Knoxville Blues" (Sam McGee) – 3:07
  11. "Mark 1:15" – 14:18
    • Note: Song has been abridged
  12. "Voice of the Turtle" – 15:42
  13. "The Waltz That Carried Us Away and Then a Mosquito Came and Ate Up My Sweetheart" – 5:49


Production notes

  • John Fahey – producer
  • Bill Belmont – reissue producer
  • Patrick Finnerty – art direction, design
  • John Judnich – engineer
  • Joe Tarantino – remastering
  • Charles M. Young – liner notes



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