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John Fahey - Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain

In its original form John Fahey's Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain is a perfect little gem. It's precisely modulated and filled with slide guitar lines that slot deftly into place. It's a watchmaker's tune.

But that's not how he played it for live audiences. Here he is from 1973 playing at the University of Washington, and it has expanded to more than three times its original length. Gone is the metronomic precision, rather he starts hesitantly, seeing how much sound is needed to fill the room. Its reverb is precisely tested, and then he starts to fill the air with noise. The mathematical logic of the original is replaced with constant testing. It obeys no rules save those of performance, and it's absolutely masterful.

John Fahey - Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip XIV Of Spain
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