Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II
|Christmas with John Fahey, Vol. II|
|Studio album by John Fahey|
|Studio||United/Western Recording, Hollywood, CA|
|Producer||John Fahey, Doug Decker|
|John Fahey chronology|
This is John Fahey's second volume of Christmas music. His first, 1968's The New Possibility, has been one of Fahey's best selling recordings, selling over 100,000 copies.
Takoma artist Richard Ruskin duets with Fahey on a few of the numbers. "Christmas Fantasy" parts 1 and 2 take up the complete side two.
A 2000 CD reissue of The New Possibility includes the entire contents of both that album and Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II.
In his Allmusic review, Jon Pruett wrote that the side-long "Christmas Fantasy" was "gives plenty of reason to search out this record. Here, he dips into his characteristic, methodical plucking that flows from uneven to dizzying before lapsing into more melodic segments. Crashing and discordant at one moment, gentle and flowing the next. It's not your typical Christmas fantasy and probably provided some nightmarish, surreal qualities to anyone hoping to inject some typical musical yuletide cheer into their holiday."
- "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight) – 3:26
- "Christmas Medley: O Tannenbaum/Angels We Have Heard on High/Jingle Bells" (Ernst Anschütz, James Pierpont) – 3:28
- "Russian Christmas Overture" (Traditional) – 6:45
- "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 4:55
- "Carol of the Bells" (Traditional) – 2:34
- "Christmas Fantasy, Pt. 1
- "Christmas Fantasy, Pt. 2" (Traditional) – 12:20
- John Fahey – guitar
- Richard Ruskin – guitar (on "O Holy Night", "Medley", "Russian Christmas Overture", and "Carol of the Bells")
- John Fahey – producer
- Doug Decker – producer, engineer
- Stephanie Pyren – cover art
- Stropes Editions entry for John Fahey's Guitar Christmas Book
- Pruett, Jon. "Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2009.