Monday, May 23, 2011

John Hartford: Headin' Down Into the Mystery Below (1978)

Flying Fish FF-063
(image from wikipedia)

For my money, the two greatest John Hartford records are Aereo-Plain and this LP, which is not on CD. Aereo-Plain got a nice CD reissue a few years back, as did 1976's Mark Twang, which is similar to this record in style and theme.

Two songs from this LP, On Christmas Eve and Natchez Whistle appear on the anthology CD Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly.

I sold all my John Hartford LPs when I liquidated my LP collection in 2005, but not before I burned a CD of all my favorite tracks. These samples are from that CD.

Headin' Down Into the Mystery Below

Kentucky Pool

Mama Plays the Calliope


  1. Thanks so much for this and other posts with John Hartford, they're much appreciated. Cheers, MB

  2. I'm glad you are enjoying then.

  3. Yeah, definitely his best solo style album. the whole album is incredible. pure john.

  4. I'm glad you found this post.