Rain Forests, Oceans and Other Themes

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Rain Forests, Oceans and Other Themes
Rain Forests Oceans John Fahey.jpg
Studio album by John Fahey
Released 1985
Recorded November & December 1984 at Cascade Recording Studios, Portland, OR
Genre Folk
Length 51:28
Label Varrick
Producer Terry Robb, John Fahey
John Fahey chronology
Let Go
(1984)Let Go1984
Rain Forests, Oceans and Other Themes
I Remember Blind Joe Death
(1987)I Remember Blind Joe Death1987

Rain Forests, Oceans and Other Themes is an album by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 1985.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CMJ New Music (no rating) [1]

CMJ New Music wrote that Fahey's "... newest work is slightly more subdued than last year's Let Go, but equally as radiant. A nimble-fingered master... Fahey has continually created profound expressions on the acoustic guitar, in a mystical yet intimate setting".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Melody McOcean" (Fahey) – 6:42
  2. "Layla" (Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon) – 5:15
  3. "Rain Forest" (Fahey) – 6:47
  4. "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" (Ernest Seitz, Gene Lockhart) – 2:30
  5. "Lullaby and Finale from the Firebird" (Igor Stravinsky) – 4:19
  6. "Atlantic High" (Fahey) – 2:08
  7. "Samba de Orfeo" (Luiz Bonfá) – 3:12
  8. "Theme and Variations" (Louis Hardin) – 3:00
  9. "May This Be Love/Casey Jones" (Jimi Hendrix, Furry Lewis) – 3:28
  10. "Intro to Ocean Waves/Ocean Waves" (Fahey, Bola Sete) – 6:31
  11. "Jiroscho Ascopi" (Fahey, Terry Robb) – 5:20
  12. "Saint Patrick's Hymn" (Traditional) – 2:38

Note that both "Layla" and "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" were originally issued on the previous year's Let Go album, and did not appear on the vinyl release. They were added to the CD version several years later to give additional value.


  • John Fahey – guitar
  • Terry Robb – guitar, bottleneck guitar
  • Guy Maxwell – percussion, drum machine
  • Scott White – bass

Production notes

  • John Fahey – producer
  • Terry Robb – producer
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Susan Marsh – design