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The Essential John Fahey
Compilation album by John Fahey
Released 1974
Recorded 1967–1968
Genre Folk
Length 66:05
Label Vanguard
Producer Sam Charters, John Fahey
Professional reviews
John Fahey chronology
Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice)
The Best of John Fahey 1959–1977
Leo Kottke, John Fahey & Peter Lang

The Essential John Fahey is a compilation album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1974.

The CD reissue in 1996 of The Essential John Fahey contains all the tracks from The Yellow Princess and four from Requia, missing only the four-part "Requiem for Molly". The original double-LP release did include all songs from both albums — the only two albums Fahey recorded for Vanguard.

Track listing

All songs by John Fahey.

  1. "The Yellow Princess" – 4:51
  2. "View (East from the Top of the Riggs Road/B&O Trestle)" – 4:57
  3. "Lion" – 5:10
  4. "March! For Martin Luther King" – 3:43
  5. "The Singing Bridge of Memphis, Tennessee" – 2:51
  6. "Dances of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg" – 4:10
  7. "Charles A. Lee: In Memoriam" – 4:01
  8. "Irish Letter" – 7:18
  9. "Commemorative Transfiguration and Communion at Magruder Park" – 6:02
  10. "Requiem for John Hurt" – 5:08
  11. "Requiem for Russell Blaine Cooper" – 8:55
  12. "When the Catfish Is in Bloom" – 7:41
  13. "Fight on Christians, Fight On" – 1:55




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