OF THE COUNTRY" by ROBBIE BASHO (LP + Mp3 & FLAC)
in the height of Robbie Basho's creative career, "Visions
of the Country" was originally released in 1978, and has
been out of print for nearly 35 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.
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 couped 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!
of the Country" is most simply a depiction of the expansive
American West, and an ecstatic journey into Basho's equally expansive
imagination and mystical approach to creativity... In
Basho's 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."
of the Country" is an 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.
ABOUT THIS RELEASE
sought to re-issue "Visions" with the highest level
of intention & integrity, seeking out analog sources for
both the music and the artwork. Artwork is presented in very
much the same fashion as the original release with a few minimal
changes made to include new information. Paper stock (heavy
reverse-board) and pressing weight (140 gram) have been upgraded.
New vinyl masters were cut by the excellent John Golden. The
original insert is also included in the package, along with
a download for high quality Mp3's and FLAC. The
1st 400 orders received a deluxe, poster (pictured here).
This 12" X 18" poster features silver-foil, letter
pressed text; and the original, uncropped, full size photograph
of the Grand Tetons which appears cropped on the LP cover.
A CD version
of this album will be released this Autumn by Grass-Tops
Productions, pre-orders for the CD can be placed on their
FOR THIS RELEASE
rating and named
BEST NEW REISSUE –– "...a
blunderbuss of feeling, tied to unstoppable technique...Basho’s
sound is dramatic and yearning and very personal, altogether unapologetic
for the way he saw the world. What’s most remarkable about
Basho is how busy and emphatic but absolutely effortless his songs
could feel, especially when he touches the guitar. At once, Basho
could appear to be laying it all on the line and simply breezing
through the notes. After more than three decades out of print,
["Visions of the Country"] is finally back in circulation;
on its 35th anniversary, it serves as an ecstatic testimonial
for a guitarist in need of a popular resurrection." –
Basho's essential LP" – THE FADER
of the Country' is one of the finest records from a guitar legend.
Robbie Basho, the godfather of 12-string guitar playing, was always
a man apart. While John Fahey tried to press new treads into the
dusty ground, Basho had his eye on the astral plane. This album,
now reissued on Gnome Life, is one of the finest odes to landscape
ever recorded. Basho’s tribute to the American West is expansive
and exploratory... This is an album of stunning performances.
Throughout, we get the interplay of intricate guitars ringing
out and around Basho’s booming, rolling voice. As Basho
mines the land in these songs for some connection, for something
spiritual, you too are bound to feel tied to these songs. They
may reveal something nameless, some feeling you can’t quite
pinpoint, but one you can’t ignore nonetheless. This is
unabashed, open-hearted music, and a classic album worth re-evaluation."
– POP MATTERS
Green River Suite 2. Rodeo 3.
Rocky Mountain Raga 4. Variations on Easter 5.
Blue Crystal Fire 6. Orphan's Lament 7.
Leaf in the Wind 8. Night Way 9.
Elk Dreamer's Lament 10. Call on the Wind
no more posters
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