CD The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album/Christmas With John Fahey, Vo (CD 4448935),
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The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album/Christmas With John Fahey, Vo
1. Joy to the World
2. What Child Is This?
4. Auld Lang Syne
5. Bells of St Mary's, The
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. We Three Kings of Orient Are
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy
9. First Noel, The
10. Christ's Saints of God Fantasy
11. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
12. Go I Will Send Thee
13. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
14. Silent Night, Holy Night
15. Oh Holy Night
16. Christmans Medley
17. Russian Christmas Overture
18. White Christmas
19. Carole of the Bells
20. Christmas Fantasy, Pt. 2
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTAK 8912
2 LPs on 1 CD: GUITAR SOLI XMAS ALBUM (1969)/CHRISTMAS WITH FAHEY VOL. 2 (1975).
THE NEW POSSIBILITY: JOHN FAHEY'S GUITAR SOLI CHRISTMAS ALBUM:
Personnel includes: John Fahey.
Originally released on Takoma (#C-1020). Includes liner notes by John Fahey and Barry Hansen.
CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN FAHEY VOL. 2:
Personnel includes: John Fahey, Richard Ruskin.
Compilation Producers: John Fahey, Doug Decker.
Engineer: Doug Decker.
Recorded at United/Western Recording, Hollywood, California. Originally released on Takoma (#7045).
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Phil Brown.
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 fine collection of holiday guitar music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Entertainment Weekly (12/8/00, p.103) - "...Filled with heartfelt and adventurous interpretations of familair and durable holiday melodies, NEW POSSIBILTY has been a deserved insider favorite since its 1968 release." - Rating: A
Mojo (Publisher) (5/01, p.121) - "...A brilliant 1968 Christmas album...no matter the time of year, we can take out the tinsel again....The CD is a true rarity: music so gorgeous it ultimately defies labelling."
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