God, Time and Causality

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God, Time and Causality
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Studio album by John Fahey
Released 1989
Recorded Spectrum Sound Studios, Portland, OR
Genre Folk
Length 56:45
Label Shanachie
Producer Terry Robb, John Fahey
John Fahey chronology
I Remember Blind Joe Death
(1987)I Remember Blind Joe Death1987
God, Time and Causality
Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories
(1992)Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories1992

God, Time and Causality is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1989.


With the exception of one track, the songs on this album were recorded and rejected by Takoma Records in 1977. Fahey sent these tracks to Shanachie Records after receiving an advance on the album.[1]

The original album included a booklet and guitar tablature for "Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt" and "Steamboat 'Gwine Around the Bend".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
CMJ New Music (no rating) [3]

Allmusic critic Steven McDonald gave the album a 4 of 5 stars review, writing "An excellent John Fahey outing, essentially examining his inspirations and drawing once again from them. It's beautifully recorded and mastered, and performed brilliantly. This one is highly recommended—would-be serious guitarists take note."[2] CMJ New Music wrote that "[Fahey] has continually enriched his style to incorporate a deeper sense of his Delta blues roots, taking his compositions beyond the standard pop framework to create breathtakingly picturesque mood-scapes ranging from somber and dark to finger-pickin' ecstasy."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Revelation" – 3:47
  2. "The Red Pony" – 6:28
  3. "Lion" – 6:38
  4. "Medley: Interlude/The Portland Cement Factory/Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt" – 11:37
  5. "Medley: Snowflakes/Steamboat 'Gwine Around the Bend/Death of the Clayton Peacock/How Green Was My Valley" – 11:46
  6. "Medley: Sandy on Earth/I'll See You in My Dreams" – 16:29


  • John Fahey – guitar

Production notes

  • John Fahey– producer
  • Terry Robb – producer
  • Mike Moore – engineer
  • Melody Fahey – photography
  • Frederick Carlson – design
  • Mark Humphrey – liner notes


  1. ^ Guerrieri, Claudio (2014). The John Fahey Handbook, Vol. 2. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-9853028-1-8. 
  2. ^ a b McDonald, Steven. "God, Time and Causality > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "God, Time and Causality > Review". CMJ New Music. November 2000.