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Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: The Seal Of The Blue Lotus
Format: LP
Label: 4 Men With Beards
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Originally released on John Faheys Takoma Records in 1965, The Seal Of The Blue Lotus is the debut album from American guitar soli legend Robbie Basho. In college Basho immersed himself in the study of Asian art and culture, even changing his last name to that of the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, and his music shows a much greater Eastern influence than contemporaries like John Fahey and Peter Lang. Basho was particularly entranced by the raga form which is apparent in classics like Dravidian Sunday from this album. A guitar solo masterwork." - 4 Men With Beards. On 180 gram vinyl.




Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Live in Forli, Italy 1982
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Robbie Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitivism". Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian tour. It took place at the 18th-century Palazzo Gaddi that housed the local music high school and was mostly used for classical concerts, in an intimate space co-organizer Mario Calvitti (whose memories of the events surrounding this concert make up the bulk of the liner notes) says Basho called it "one lovely little room where I could play all night." Only previously released incompletely as a download, this show can now be heard in its full glory. This release is in cooperation with the Official Robbie Basho Archives. No. 2 in the RB-Archives-Live series. Produced by Buck Curran; Co-released with Obsolete Recordings." - ESP-Disk.

"American musician Robbie Basho (1940-1986) is without doubt one of the greatest pioneers of world guitar music. To this day, his songs and compositions for the acoustic guitar remain wholly unique, contemporary, and otherworldy. Though largely unknown in Italy when he toured there in 1982 (in the company of Italian acoustic guitarist Maurizio Angeletti), the small to medium size audiences who attended his performances were overwhelmingly sympathetic to his musical vision and deeply entranced in the glow of his musical presence. From what is documented on this recording from Forlì, we are given witness to Bashos idiosyncratic spirit and musical artistry. Wielding only a six and twelve-string guitar and his powerful voice, we hear rapturous fingerpicking and singing. As the concert evolves, Bashos spirit rises high above terra firma as he transforms into a wild mythical winged stallion, riding waves of colour and sound ... charging across plains of cosmic light towards the outer regions of space and time." --Buck Curran, September 11, 2017, Bergamo, Italy.

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Live in Forli, Italy 1982
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Robbie Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitivism". Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian tour. It took place at the 18th-century Palazzo Gaddi that housed the local music high school and was mostly used for classical concerts, in an intimate space co-organizer Mario Calvitti (whose memories of the events surrounding this concert make up the bulk of the liner notes) says Basho called it "one lovely little room where I could play all night." Only previously released incompletely as a download, this show can now be heard in its full glory. This release is in cooperation with the Official Robbie Basho Archives. No. 2 in the RB-Archives-Live series. Produced by Buck Curran; Co-released with Obsolete Recordings." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Visions of the Country
Format: LP
Label: Gnome Life
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
“Recorded in the height of Robbie Bashos creative career, Visions of the Country was originally released in 1978, and has been out of print for nearly 36 years. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano); majestic compositions; transcendent singing and whistling; and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths. It is with a feeling of tremendous honor and joy that we offer this re-issue, which we hope will please existing Basho devotees, and create new acolytes, in equal measure. The feeling is akin to re-introducing an endangered species back into its native habitat, for this album is a precious, mighty, and wild thing. Visions of the Country should not stay cooped-up in expensive e-bay auctions and low quality vinyl-to-Mp3 rips, it needs to soar gloriously in high fidelity through our culture once more! Visions of the Country is most simply a depiction of the expansive American West, and an ecstatic journey into Bashos equally expansive imagination and mystical approach to creativity... In Bashos own words: "My philosophy is quite simple: soul first, technique later, or Better to drink wine from the hands than water from a pretty cup; of course the ultimate is wine from a pretty cup. Amen." Visions of the Country is a shining example of what artistic heights can be attained when soul and technique meet on a deep level – in our opinion it is one of the finest albums ever recorded, wine from a very beautiful and magical cup indeed. This was the 1st of two Basho reissues by Gnome Life. We are also enormously proud to present a beautiful vinyl reissue of Bashos 1979 solo guitar magnum opus Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12.” - Gnome Life.
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Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: The Falconers Arm, Vol. 1
Format: LP
Label: No Label
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"First reissue of Robbie Bashos The Falconers Arm, Vol. 1, originally released by John Faheys Takoma label in 1967. The Falconers Arm pair of LPs (this record and the simultaneously reissued Vol. 2 (C 1018LP)) is widely considered Bashos best work; monumental pieces of folk guitar invention from the pioneer, fusing the drones of Indian raga with flamenco and traditional folk. Fully remastered with excellent sound. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies."

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: The Falconers Arm, Vol. 2
Format: LP
Label: No Label
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"First reissue of Robbie Bashos The Falconers Arm, Vol. 2, originally released by John Faheys Takoma label in 1967. The Falconers Arm pair of LPs (this record and the simultaneously reissued Vol. 1 (C 1017LP)) is widely considered Bashos best work; monumental pieces of folk guitar invention from the pioneer, with guitar lines in unusual tunings influenced by both blues and Indian music. Fully remastered with excellent sound. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies."

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Twilight Peaks
Format: CD
Label: Smeraldina Rima
Country: Belgium
Price: $20.00
“Formal reissue of Twilight Peaks, guitarist Robbie Bashos last recordings. It was originally issued in 1984 on a tape label called The Art of Relaxation, and never got any reviews or attention at the time. For this proper release it was mastered by Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac fame) and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes, provided to Glenn Jones by Basho himself as he was working on the album. The CD has two extra live tracks, also culled from the original demo tapes. Amazing liner notes by Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn.” - Smeraldina Rima.

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Twilight Peaks
Format: LP
Label: Smeraldina Rima
Country: Belgium
Price: $26.00
“Formal reissue of Twilight Peaks, guitarist Robbie Bashos last recordings. It was originally issued in 1984 on a tape label called The Art of Relaxation, and never got any reviews or attention at the time. For this proper release it was mastered by Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac fame) and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes, provided to Glenn Jones by Basho. Amazing liner notes by Glenn Jones and Rich Osborn.” - Smeraldina Rima.

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: Basho Sings
Format: LP
Label: Tacoma
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"A reissue of Robbie Bashos Basho Sings, originally released in 1967. Its become an oft-quoted statement that John Coltrane was the Father, Pharaoh Sanders was the Son, and Albert Ayler, the Holy Ghost. It could arguably apply to the holy trinity of steel string guitarists as well. Many claim John Fahey to be the Father, Kottke was considered the Son, and Robbie Basho would certainly be considered the Holy Ghost. The Basho/Ayler similarities are many, and both pushed their idioms further physically and emotionally than all of their respective contemporaries. Basho Sings was Bashos fifth release for the Takoma label and as the title proclaims, Basho Sings showcases a unique voice that transcends the limitations of the vocal form. Hes left the pentatonic raga scales of his previous releases and showcases a unique and unparalleled take on the folk/blues song idiom. A truly outsider take on the American primitive genre, Basho Sings is finally reissued for the first time on vinyl 50 years after its initial release. Beautifully remastered; Edition of 500." - Tacoma.

Artist: BASHO, ROBBIE
Title: The Grail & The Lotus
Format: LP
Label: Tacoma
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"A reissue of Robbie Bashos The Grail & The Lotus, originally released in 1966. Its become an oft-quoted statement that John Coltrane was the Father, Pharaoh Sanders was the Son, and Albert Ayler, the Holy Ghost. It could arguably apply to the holy trinity of steel string guitarists as well. Many claim John Fahey to be the Father, Kottke was considered the Son, and Robbie Basho would certainly be considered the Holy Ghost. The Basho/Ayler similarities are many, and both pushed their idioms further physically and emotionally than all of their respective contemporaries. The Grail & The Lotus was Bashos second release for the Takoma label, preceding the wildly prolific year of 1967 that produced three absolute classics with the Falconers Arm sets and Basho Sings (C 1012LP). Supposedly the thematics of The Grail & The Lotus came to Basho while recovering from a feverish bout of pneumonia, and in that state Basho envisioned and expressed a simultaneous glimpse of the Feudal Age, European and Japanese evocations side-by-side, both co-mingling with Knighthoods in Flower. A truly outsider take on the American primitive genre, The Grail & The Lotus is finally reissued for the first time on vinyl, 50 years after its initial release. Beautifully remastered; Edition of 500." - Tacoma.

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