Vanguard Visionaries (John Fahey album)

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Vanguard Visionaries
Compilation album by John Fahey
Released June 12, 2007
Recorded 1967–1968
Genre Folk, Avant-garde
Length 51:13
Label Vanguard
Producer Sam Charters, John Fahey, Barrett Hansen
John Fahey chronology
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Vanguard Visionaries
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Vanguard Visionaries is the title of a compilation recording by American fingerstyle guitarist and composer John Fahey, released in 2007.


Vanguard Records had a high profile during the 1960s folk revival and released music by many folk artists such as Doc Watson, Odetta and many others. To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Vanguard had released a series of artist samplers called Vanguard Visionaries from the 1960s and early-'70s era. Each contained a small track listing and all the tracks are available on other compilation packages.

Fahey recorded two albums for Vanguard: The Yellow Princess and Requia.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic critic Thom Jurek favorably reviewed the album, writing "[Fahey] is forever unpredictable, no matter how often one hears these songs. His playing is simply the element of imagination and surprise itself. While it's true that "Requiem for Milly [sic]," may be off-putting for those looking for a real introduction to Fahey, this is his earliest experimentation with the electronic sounds he explored a great deal more in his later career, and stands as a singular moment in his catalog."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John Fahey.

  1. "Lion" – 5:10
  2. "March! For Martin Luther King" – 3:43
  3. "Requiem for John Hurt" – 5:09
  4. "Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg" – 4:10
  5. "The Yellow Princess" – 4:51
  6. "Irish Setter" – 7:16
  7. "Requiem for Molly, Pt. 1" – 7:40
  8. "Requiem for Molly, Pt. 2" – 7:45
  9. "Requiem for Molly, Pt. 3" – 2:33
  10. "Requiem for Molly, Pt. 4" – 2:56


Production notes:

  • John Fahey – producer
  • Samuel Charters – producer
  • Barrett Hansen – producer
  • Vince Hans – compilation producer
  • Georgette Cartwright – creative services director
  • Amy L. Von Holzhausen – package design


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Vanguard Visionaries > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved April 7, 2010.