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A New Possibility - John Fahey's Christmas Album Volumes 1 And 2

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01
Joy To The World
1:55  
02
What Child Is This?
3:06  
03
Medley: Hark, The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful
3:14  
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Auld Lang Syne
2:06  
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The Bells Of St. Mary's
2:13  
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Good King Wenceslas
1:13  
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We Three Kings Of Orient Are
1:52  
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy
2:48  
09
The First Noel
2:15  
10
Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy
10:21  
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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
1:32  
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Go I Will Send Thee
3:04  
13
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
3:49  
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Silent Night, Holy Night
1:16  
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Oh Holy Night -- Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II
3:31  
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Christmas Medley: Oh Tannenbaum/Angels We Have Heard On High/JingleB ells
3:34  
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Russian Christmas Overture
6:49  
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White Christmas
5:02  
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Carol Of The Bells
2:41  
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Christmas Fantasy - Part II
12:24  
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04.22.11
John Fahey, A New Possibility - John Fahey's Christmas Album Volumes 1 And 2
2000 | Label: Fantasy / Takoma

Arguably one of the greatest Christmas recordings of modern times, A New Possibility was recorded by just one visionary folk icon and his acoustic guitar — no overdubs. John Fahey accomplished a lot in his lifetime: he virtually re-invented the acoustic guitar as a solo instrument with his idiosyncratic and mournful style, and he founded Takoma and Revenant, two influential independent record labels. For a great many people in the '60s and '70s,… read more »

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A New Possibility - John Fahey's Christmas Album V

leicester.david

The antidote to anodyne Christmas albums, this amply showcases Fahey's talent for producing understated, subtle music that can still delight or intrigue in equal measure. While most of the carols are familiar, Fahey's fascination with the raw beauty of American music helps them feel fresh. A record of real charm, anyone finding this boring is really mistaking music for a fairground ride.

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Not just for Christmas!

Ole'rustyrocks

Though there are many notable followers outside of Davey Graham and maybe Robbie Basho the Late JF remains the master. Please don't just see this as a Christmas album, many tracks stand up without a seasons reason to believe. Especially worth a listen are "Go I will send thee" "Lo how a rosee'er blooming" and "Christmas Fantasy". go on forget your mince pies and give it a try!

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what are you talking about?

music4thesoul

John Fahey will never learn to change his style - he died in 2001 - shows what Felicity knows - voted 35th in top 100 most influential guitarists of all time. Idiosyncratic maybe but brilliant worshiped by Davey Graham and John Martinand many others and me! This is a fantastic album to play at Christmas - "White Christmas and all the best christmas songs ever" are like too much turkey and most of them are. This is fresh, warm, maddening, challenging and gives a glimps of what a genius JF was.

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Christmas Tedium

felicityc

If you ever thought Carols were boring this tedious session will confirm it. It will be better if and when JF learns to change chords occasionally.

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Still enchanting

Andy48

I got these on vinyl when they first came out, and then I bought copies for my friends. It's great that you can now get them on eMusic. Fahey's playing is simply beautiful, and he makes even the tritest, most familiar old songs sound new. Download the whole set and smile through the whole holiday season.

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Love the simplicity

Chobeo

Listening to the album takes you to the feeling you get in a cozy little coffee house, sipping hot cocoa, surrounded by good friends. It's not in-your-face music, it's the perfect backdrop to a festive gathering or a romantic evening. John Fahey's interpretation is subtle and without the tiresome mediocrity that most Xmas albums seem to share.

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Treat yourself this Christmas

ConductorSeventyOne

This album is simply beautiful! I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you have one festive bone in your body you must download this. If the "Russian Christmas Overture" doesn't put a smile on your face you must have a colder heart than Frosty the Snowman.

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