The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album
by John Fahey
Released: Mar 1968
Label: Fantasy Records
Even the notoriously sardonic John Fahey was moved by the holiday spirit. First released in 1968, these recordings are covers of familiar Christmas carols, yet their simple structures are beautifully contrasted with Fahey's flowing, yet complex guitar arpeggios. But where the man's other works grip the listener with his superhuman dexterity, these songs forego Fahey's six-string showboating to create something that one can both marvel at and listen to as pleasant background music. Although Fahey continued to record Christmas albums every few years, none are as moving as this.