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Mark Fosson

Digging in the Dust: Home Recordings 1976

Digging in the Dust: Home Recordings 1976

UPC: 894807002714

Format: LP

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Mark Fosson's The Lost Takoma Sessions seemed to be the definitive statement on his earliest work upon its release in 2006, but then again, before the studio work there had to have been something around that caught John Fahey's ear to start with. Digging in the Dust: Home Recordings 1976 is just that, collecting performances of many but not all the songs that were eventually re-recorded for Takoma, along with an otherwise unavailable recording in the shape of Gene Autry's classic "Back in the Saddle Again," like everything else here done in strictly instrumental form. Given the reputation for home recordings in the 20th century as being the home of murk and sometimes intentional imperfection, the crystalline sound throughout is evidence enough that Fosson wasn't messing around with his two-track reel-to-reel. But beyond the technical evidence, it's little wonder hearing Fosson's skilled work song for song that Fahey showed an interest. If Fosson was clearly playing in a realm the older performer was not only inclined toward but to a large degree helped define -- Leo Kottke's early work being another unavoidable but understandable reference point -- there's both a sprightly passion and a clean elegance throughout the recordings here that's a treat to listen to on an almost tactile level. Hearing how he plays with melodies after having established them is a particular treat -- his twists toward the conclusion of "Back in the Saddle Again" are standouts here. Two songs come with alternate takes -- "Frozen Fingers," which sounds anything but that either way, has its key difference more in recording quality, the alternate sounding even more intimate and piercing; "Quarter Moon" has a similar division in its takes. It may seem unnecessary to explore further if one already has The Lost Takoma Sessions, but it's well worth a listen to hear such fine performances. ~ Ned Raggett


1 - Quarter Moon
2 - Arrival of the Grand Picayune
3 - Cosmic Hiccup
4 - Frozen Fingers
5 - Gorilla Mountain
6 - Nancy's Waltz
7 - Sky Piece
8 - Back In the Saddle Again
9 - Chillicothe
10 - Frozen Fingers [Alternate Take]
11 - Quarter Moon [Alternate Take]