OF THE ACOUSTIC STEEL STRING GUITAR 6 & 12" by ROBBIE
BASHO (LP + Mp3 & FLAC)
released in 1979, "Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar
6 & 12" was Robbie Basho's 15th record, and his magnum
opus of solo guitar. It is the culmination of his life's effort
to usher guitar music into a new artistic paradigm, and to
"establish the steel string as a concert instrument indigenous
album represents Basho’s most technically fine guitar work.
In both composition and performance, the album is enormously complex
and yet conveys an effortlessness unique to Basho. As he famously
espoused, “My philosophy is quite simple: soul first,
technique later.” The richness of Basho's soul emanates
from this record as distinctly as each note ringing from his steel
one song on the record (“Pasha II”) features Basho’s
enigmatic voice, but it may be his most extraordinary vocal performance
– his voice calling out through a shimmer of strings, singing
ancient syllables with timeless emotion. The remaining ten instrumental
songs roam through Eastern and Western modalities, dark and light
meditations, wild and restrained expression.
"Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12",
Basho summons rich allusions, hallucinations and delicately numinous
passages. As he said, "It's not about going far out,
it's about going far in. It's about a deeper feeling."
These are deep waters indeed, as substantial and enriching today
as they were 35 years ago.
is the second Robbie Basho record that Gnome Life has had the
honor of reissuing. In 2013 we reissued "Visions of the Country",
Basho's trail-blazing folk masterwork from 1978. This LP is still
available for purchase and can be bought seperately or in a package
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