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The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions
Studio album by John Fahey
Released 1966
Recorded 1962–1966 at Los Angeles, CA and Berkeley, CA
Genre Folk, Avante-garde
Label Takoma
Producer ED Denson, John Fahey, Barry Hansen
Professional reviews
John Fahey chronology
The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death
(1965)
The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions
(1966)
Days Have Gone By
(1967)

The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1966. The cover simply labels the album Guitar Vol. 4 while the liner notes label it The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions. The title never appeared on the record labels themselves.

Contents

History

The album begins Fahey's interest in soundscapes and sound effects, using backward tapes and dissonance. Richie Unterberger, in his Allmusic review, stated: "Edited together from several pieces, the 19-minute "The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party" anticipated elements of psychedelia with its nervy improvisations and odd guitar tunings."[1] Fahey himself called it "a histrionic, disorganised outpouring of blather"[2] although he had kind things to say of some of the other songs. Unterberger also states "Despite Fahey's curmudgeonly dismissal of the record several decades later, it's an important, if uneven, effort that ultimately endures as one of the highlights of his discography."

Fahey, ED Denson and Barry Hansen assembled the record shortly after the release of The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death from both new music and parts that had been on tape for years.[3]

Alan Wilson, who appears on this recording and was a member of the band Canned Heat, had once assisted Fahey in his UCLA master's thesis on the music of Charley Patton.[4]

Fahey and Wilson duet on "Sail Away Ladies"; this version of the tune displays an eastern influence, with Wilson playing the South Indian veena. This track became a lifelong favourite of the British DJ John Peel, whose championing of Fahey's music on his influential BBC radio shows helped the guitarist gain an audience outside the United States. Peel included "Sail Away Ladies" in his 1999 Peelenium, a personal selection from 100 years of recorded music.

The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions was reissued on CD in 2000 by Takoma Records.

Track listing

  • Times are from the original 1966 LP release.
  1. "The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party" (Fahey) – 19:00
  2. "Knott's Berry Farm Molly" (Fahey) – 4:30
  3. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (Traditional) – 5:40
  4. "Guitar Excursions into the Unknown" (Fahey) – 3:30
  5. "900 Miles" (Traditional) – 4:00
  6. "Sail Away Ladies" (Traditional) – 6:00
  7. "Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel" (Traditional) – 1:55

Personnel

Production notes

  • ED Denson – producer, engineer
  • John Fahey – producer, engineer
  • Barry Hansen – reissue producer
  • Chris Strachwitz – engineer (listed only on original 1966 release)
  • Bill Meyer – reissue liner notes
  • David Goines – cover design

References

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Allmusic review. Retrieved December 2009.
  2. ^ The Fahey Files notes on the songs.
  3. ^ Liner notes: The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions Takoma Records reissue. Liner notes by Bill Meyer, 2000.
  4. ^ Pouncey, Edwin (August 1998). "Blood on the Frets". The Wire (174). http://www.johnfahey.com/Blood.htm. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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