This reissue of the folksy acoustic guitarist's classic mid-'60s Christmas album reminds one of the simple charms of the season and how easy it is to capture that when you keep a no-frills approach. Because he rarely varies the tempos among the tracks -- he's mostly in the slow to gently loping ballad mode -- the songs have a slight tendency to run into each other. But for mellowing out by the fire, or as background music at Christmas dinner, it's a keeper. Taken individually, the songs have a certain majestic power, and his strumming has a warm and inviting feel about it. Some of the more clever arrangements are "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy" and the more lively twist on "Good King Wenceslas."
The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album Review
by Jonathan Widran