The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album/Christmas with John Fahey, Vo

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It probably surprised a few people that guitar eccentric John Fahey chose to record Christmas music. This release comprises the majority of not one but two Christmas releases from 1968 and 1975. Most of the instrumentals on both albums will be familiar, such as "White Christmas," "The First Noel," and "What Child Is This?" On The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album, Fahey plays alone, using unusual harmonics and open tunings to turn in pleasant versions of classic Christmas songs. This is a relaxed album, with a pleasing version of "We Three Kings of Orient Are" and a nice fingerpicking adaptation of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy." The ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It probably surprised a few people that guitar eccentric John Fahey chose to record Christmas music. This release comprises the majority of not one but two Christmas releases from 1968 and 1975. Most of the instrumentals on both albums will be familiar, such as "White Christmas," "The First Noel," and "What Child Is This?" On The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album, Fahey plays alone, using unusual harmonics and open tunings to turn in pleasant versions of classic Christmas songs. This is a relaxed album, with a pleasing version of "We Three Kings of Orient Are" and a nice fingerpicking adaptation of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy." The music from the second album, Christmas with John Fahey, Vol. 2 includes several duets with guitarist Richard Ruskin, giving this music a fuller sound and offering a nice contrast to the first album. "Oh Holy Night" presents an abundance of textures, as light and airy as the season, but more resonant due to the continuous melody line. While the material from both albums is satisfying, the later album gathers more depth and presence by the addition of Ruskin's unique but complementary guitar work. The instrumentals on the second album are also more eclectic, as with the "Russian Christmas Overture" and the 12-minute "Christmas Fantasy, Pt. 2." On this tune, Fahey uses a more eccentric approach, creating the type of Christmas music a fan would expect from him. This instrumental contains more dissonance and improvising than the other material, but nonetheless retains a seasonal air. This is a fine collection of holiday guitar music.
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  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Takoma
  • UPC: 025218891226
  • Catalog Number: 8912

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fahey Primary Artist, Guitar
Richard Ruskin Track Performer
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Rick Ruskin Arranger
Phil Brown Remastering
John Fahey Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
Franz Gruber Composer
Doug Decker Producer, Engineer
Barry Hansen Liner Notes, Reissue Director
Bill Inglot Remastering
Isaac Watts Composer
Lowell Mason Composer
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
William Sandys Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
John Mason Neale Composer
Traditional Composer
Phill Brown Remastering
Richard Ruskin Arranger
William Chatterton Dix Composer
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Robert Burns Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    A Bare-Boned Christmas Classic

    Not very many people are aware of John Fahey's talent. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and nothing else (not even vocals), Fahey created this stand-alone masterpiece, which is long overdue for a rediscovery. It has its roots in traditional folk music but Fahey was shooting for something different---to rework Christmas songs that may, at first, seem unrecognizable but after the first listening, they become gentle, warm and inviting. This album also contains some additional cuts from "Christmas with John Fahey, Vol. 2", which features a wonderful rendition of "White Christmas". What's good about Fahey's album is that you can listen to it any time of the year and it leaves you with a gentle, relaxed feeling. Of course, one may want to check out "The Best Of John Fahey". However, I say go for this one first and foremost.

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