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Season of Joy

Christmas music

CD $16.00
Companion book of arrangements in guitar notation and TAB exactly as played on the album $22.00
Vinyl Record—
Original pressing

Season of Joy is a collection of Rick Foster's arrangements of sacred Christmas music played on the classical guitar. The companion book contains all of the arrangements written out in classical guitar notation and TAB, just as they are played on the album.

Album Contents:

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Cradle Song(Away in a Manger)
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Gloucestershire Wassail
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • He Is Born, the Divine Christ Child
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
  • Joy to the World
  • Marche
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Silent Night
  • What Child Is This?

Hear a Sample!

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 800kb MP3 audio file

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring 580kb MP3 audio file (Also on the album Favorite Hymns for Acoustic Guitar)

"Season of Joy by virtuoso classical guitarist Rick Foster, is a delight. . . a rare and beautiful celebration of Christ's birth in song. The arrangements are refreshingly clever, lending new vitality to some of the more familiar tunes. Season of Joy is a sensitive, meditative and joyous experience for your Christmas this year."

Christian Herald

"This one's so good it's almost a shame to relegate it for play only during December. Foster is a true acoustic guitar virtuoso who counts no other than Christopher Parkening among his fans. Flawless, compassionate playing and arranging abound."

Contemporary Christian Magazine

"Only a literally solo album displays how truly gifted an artist is (or isn't). Season of Joy leaves no doubt that Foster is an excellent musician and performer. Every conceivable mood, resonance, and style appropriate to Foster's music is eloquently expressed on his guitar. This album shows not only his technical skill, but also his arranging abilities, as he gives fresh and fun interpretations to familiar themes."

Moody Monthly Magazine—1985

"The 'Best Instrumental Award' goes to Rick Foster for Season of Joy. I just can't say enough about someone who has the courage, creativity, and skill to do an 'absolutely solo' solo album. The only music you hear on the record is Rick's guitar. And what you hear shows one who has mastered his instrument and can communicate the joy of the believer in the music of Christmas."
"Also to Foster's Season of Joy goes the 'Best Album Cover Award' for its reproduction of the tranquil oil painting of an outdoor Christmas scene."

Moody Monthly Magazine—January 1986

"What better way to get yourself in the holiday mood than with this beautiful collection of Christmas favorites, masterfully played on the classical guitar? Foster sensitively renders the selections with a master's touch."

Guitar Player Magazine

"Rick Foster's Season of Joy is a classic and a one of a kind rare breed in this age of electronic music. It is a welcome addition to our library and we have been playing all songs off the album since after Thanksgiving."

KBNR Radio, Brownsville, TX.