Buddy Emmons was one of the great steel guitarists, and it's always a pleasure to hear him play, even on an album as run-of-the-mill as Christmas Sounds of the Steel Guitar. Certainly, he plays well throughout the record, and it is a pleasurable listen, but the arrangements and tunes are too predictable for it to truly be a compelling record, even by Christmas standards. Still, hardcore Emmons fans may enjoy it, providing they can find it at a reasonable price.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine