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Boomkat Product Review:
This album documents two extended, improvised recordings by John Fahey in collaboration with Ayal Senior and three other people who happened to be in the room at the time (Senior himself can't remember the identities of these unknown collaborators). The recordings were made around 1999, but as the liner notes point out, this doesn't really sit easily next to either Fahey's early guitar work or his later output for Table Of The Elements. Instead this brings to mind the ghostly blues of Loren Connors or Jandek. The remaining fifteen tracks on the disc capture readings by Fahey, drawn from his own personal writings. You'd be forgiven for thinking this collection of rag-tag sounds and spoken word came with a slight whiff of exploitation. In his late career, Fahey's life was clearly in a state of severe disarray, and Senior, to the casual observer might be regarded as a bit of a hanger-on, following Fahey around with his Minidisk recorded permanently switched on, chasing crumbs. The seemingly ad hoc, shoddy production values of this album certainly suggest a cash-in, but it does provide an intimate - perhaps painfully intimate - document of one of the great artists in twentieth century underground music during his twilight years.