The founding father of "American primitive guitar," who died in 2001, receives a posthumous homage from the label he founded.

The founding father of "American primitive guitar," who died in 2001, receives a posthumous homage from the label he founded. For longtime fans, the most satisfying tracks on this set of previously unreleased instrumentals will be the somber acoustic readings of Irving Berlin's "Remember" and the Gershwins' "Summertime," which recall Fahey's pop-song interpretations circa After the Ball. His late-period inventions are represented by the free-form explorations "Red Cross, Disciple of Christ Today" and "Charley Bradley's Ten Sixty-Six Blues," which find him working in an electric/electronic context. The hand-tooled package includes an affecting reminiscence by guitarist Glenn Jones, whose band Cul De Sac collaborated with Fahey on a 1997 album.—CM