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October 31st, 2009

John Fahey: The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick

John Fahey at The Matrix

The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick

Live at the Matrix, San Francisco, California, 1968/1969

  1. Introduction
  2. When the Springtime Comes Again
  3. Joe Kirby Blues
  4. Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt
  5. When the Catfish is in Bloom
  6. Fahey Blows His Nose
  7. Intro to “Lion” / Challenges to Quitting Cigarettes
  8. Lion
  9. Dance of the Inhabitants of The Palace of King Philip XIV of Spain
  10. View East From the B&O Railroad Viaduct and the Riggs Road Intersection
  11. On the Sunny Side of the Ocean
  12. The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick
  13. In Christ There is No East or West
  14. Announcement
  15. The Death of the Clayton Peacock
  16. The Revolt of the Dyke Brigade
  17. Magruder Park

This album’s first 14 tracks were recorded to tape on February 14, 1968. The last three tracks are from a reel dated February 20, but the year was not notated. Together they constitute the earliest live Fahey album available. Quite awesome. These are completely unique versions at a very interesting time for Fahey’s playing.

John Fahey 1970



  1. This is a brilliant album, a true masterpiece and one of my all time fav live albums.
    Fahey’s playing here is accurate, emotional and visionary and he brings his entire world into this stage, respect for sharing it with others.
    This albums, in many ways inspired my first album and the music that was recorded in it.

    Btw, his Live in Tasmanya is wonderful as well.

    Comment by Yair Yona — October 31, 2009 @ 7:10 am
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