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The New Possibility John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album [CD]

John Fahey Audio CD
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John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitivism, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist ... Read more in Amazon's John Fahey Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00004Y32J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Joy To The World The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
2. What Child Is This? The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
3. Medley The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
4. Auld Lang Syne The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
5. The Bells Of St Mary's The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
6. Good King Wenceslas The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
9. The First Noel The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
10. Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
12. Go I Will Send Thee The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
13. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
14. Silent Night, Holy Night The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Albu
15. Oh Holy Night Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II;Duet with Richard Ruskin
16. Christmans Medley: Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II;Oh Tannenbaum;Angels We Ha
17. Russian Christmas Overture Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II;Duet with Richard Ruskin
18. White Christmas Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II
19. Carole Of The Bells Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II;Duet with Richard Ruskin
20. Christmas Fantasy-Part II Christmas With John Fahey Vol. II

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas tunes never sounded so good! 31 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd in fact contains two christmas albums,one a solo by John Fahey,and the other featuring duets with Richard Ruskin,so incredible value.Firstly,if you are unfamiliar with Fahey take note,the Kings singers or Charlotte Church this is not,these are carols and christmas tunes played by J.F.in his own style,acoustic guitar played so clearly,beautifully and spiritually,he gives new meaning and depth to tunes we've all heard so many times before.The quality of sound on the recordings are excellent too.
Those of you who do know Fahey will understand when I say he takes us on a few of his journeys in his interpretations of these tunes which are wonderful,and in the christmas fantasy tracks the journeys become epic voyages in the style of Yellow Princess,Requia,America,The Voice of the Turtle etc..etc...
So for Fahey converts this cd needs no selling,and those new to this master of the acoustic guitar a wonderful entry into the man's unique musical style.....for Christmas or any time.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Possibility...BEST XMAS RECORD I OWN 3 Nov 2000
By ---- John D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Back in the 70's I bought the New Possibility on vinyl and my wife and I couldn't take it off the turntable. It was our first west coast Christmas in Vancouver and just knowing that John Fahey was just down the coast made it feel even better. I realize he has recorded other xmas favorites; but this is by far the best. It's sparse, crisp, simple and beautiful.....all at the same time. I eventually purchased it on CD and then it disappeared from the shelves. Thank God it's back in CD format again! Make this a Christmas gift to yourself. You won't be sorry.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fahey's masterpiece 3 Dec 2000
By C. H Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That John Fahey considered Volume 1 of this project more than just a Christmas album when it was first released in 1968 was evident from his liner notes, which linked its purpose to the writings of historian and theologian Paul Tillich. A Volume 2 was recorded a few years later, but the original recordings soon went out of print and Fahey confused the issue by re-recording and re-issuing the original titles some years after that in completely inferior versions. This cd release resurrects the original recordings, and we should all be very grateful! This is a great classic of the solo acoustic guitar, not to mention Christmas music, and it warms one's heart to listen to it year after year, knowing that one can, when all is said and done, yet ignore the tons of schmaltz that is always being foisted on us in the name of commercialism and nostalgia. Only people with little imagination could not like this wonderful work.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite Christmas album 15 Dec 2003
By jimnypivo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I won't spend a lot of time on this review to describe each song and how differently Fahey plays the old Christmas carols we all grew up hearing in church, or the radio. To hear him play *Silent Night* or *Joy to the World* are reason enough.

I've had this recording in one media or another for over thirty years, and every Christmas another person comments on how beautiful it is and asks me who the artist is.

'The New Possibility' is ideal to play in the background of any Holiday activity. I especially like to hear it at Christmas Dinner or to have it playing while the family Unwrapping ritual is performed.

In my opinion this is Fahey's best and most well-rounded album of all. I bet it was also his most lucrative. It is focused, reverant, and joyful. I listen to it at all times of the year.

If you want to capture a bit of the old-time feel of Christmas this year, pick up 'The New Possibility' by John Fahey. You'll be playing it for years and years. It might well become your Christmas favorite, too.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After 25 years, a joyous reintroduction to a master. 5 Dec 2001
By Kent Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered John Fahey's work in the mid-70's and like anyone with any sense was much impressed. As my musical tastes evolved away from "folk" and "bluegrass", I put Mr. Fahey's guitar playing into the back of my mind. When I went looking for a Christmas guitar recording a couple of weeks ago and found "The New Possibility" I smiled and said, "Oh yeah this guy was good." I was wrong, he is much, much better than that. For anyone with an Episcopal and/or Southern background, this is a must recording for Christmas or anytime. In addition to the classic hymns and carols, you will recognize bits from the Hymn book blended into other pieces flavored with bluegrass. For anyone who is a guitar fan and is not familiar with John Fahey this is a great choice for the holiday. You will be introduced to his great technique as well as his sense of humor and imagination. For anyone who enjoys Windham Hill's Winter Solstice recordings, you have to get this CD -- if Windham Hill is a Hershey's Kiss, Fahey is Godiva.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Fahey makes the impossible actual 26 Jun 2006
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most improbable great albums ever released. If there is one indisputable fact it is that almost all of the standard Christmas hymns and carols are tired and stale and simply worn out. But if you think you've heard "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" a few times too many, you need to hear John Fahey do it. On song after song he plays a version that seems to bring out all of the beauty that has been hidden for longer than any of us can remember. "What Child Is This?" becomes one of the most beautiful melodies you can think of. And his "Auld Lang Syne" will bring tears to your eyes. "The Bells of St. Mary's" is another gem, but the real miracle on the album might be what he does to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman," to which he gives a bluesy turn.

By any standard John Fahey was one of the great guitarists of the past half-century. He was a true innovator, applying with astonishing musical sophistication finger picking to a staggering range of material that had been completely neglected by previous guitarists. Although Fahey was technically a brilliant guitarist, his work always seems as much the product of a brilliant musicologist as a musician. He almost certainly knew more about musical theory than any other guitarist who played a steel string guitar. He also developed a style whereby he would sometimes play slightly behind the tempo, giving his compositions a highly unique lilt. If you listen to his most famous disciple, Leo Kottke, and Fahey back to back, you will see how Fahey played as if he were almost reluctant to release the notes, whereas Kottke is always rushing forward.

If the album has a fault, it is a tiny one. There is perhaps less variation in the tempos of the various songs than one might wish. Any individual song can be extremely moving played entirely on its own, but if you play the album as a whole, it can begin to get a tiny bit tiresome. Interestingly about the only song on the album I don't love is his version of Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song." It is played magnificently, but it just doesn't lend itself to Fahey's style.

John Fahey was not, as far as I know, a traditionally religious man. Perhaps I am mistaken. But assuming that he was not, one thing that has always struck me about his playing was the dignity he bestowed on religious songs. If you listen to his version of "In Christ There is No East or West," which can most easily be found on his superb anthology RETURN OF THE OPPRESSED, there isn't the hint of irony. Much like the respect with which Gram Parsons accorded the Louvin Brothers' great song "The Christian Life," the most devout believer could not play the song with more reverence. So with the songs on this album. I'll close by stating that if you can get only one Christmas album, get this one; and if you don't think you need a Christmas album, get this anyway, just for the sheer beauty of the music and the playing.
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