John Fahey

Yes! Jesus Loves Me/Gospel Night

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Fahey transforms traditional hymns and assorted Christian music into gorgeous, crystal-clear music that even non-believers can appreciate. Remarkably, amid all the Christian melodies is the Wild West Hero theme by Jeff Lynne. This album was packaged in a two-fer by Fahey's Takoma Records with Gospel Nights by Maria Muldaur. Alone in a Santa Monica studio with his steel-stringed guitar, Fahey weaves a spell with his precise picking and odd tunings. These musical snippets -- none longer than 2:38 -- are unlikely to convert anyone to Christianity. But if you unplug the phone, turn off the TV and give it the chance, this music might briefly remove you from your everyday existence.