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The six strings of Christmas

Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection
Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection
By various artists

Windham Hill Records: 2006

This review first appeared in Turbula in December 2006.

The once new age, now adult instrumental (mostly) label Windham Hill has become as much a brand as a music company. On the latest of its annual Christmas collections, the label gathers holiday favorites from its roster of acoustic guitarists for a predictable yet pleasant stroll through the usual assortment of holiday faves.

With guitarists like Tuck Andress, Alex de Grassi and Steve Erquiaga running through such standards as "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Winter Wonderland" and "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen," the album has a classy but not traditional feel to it. Those tired of the standard Christmas fare, yet still wanting something that sounds like Christmas, are likely to find this collection a favorite listen.