"VISIONS OF THE COUNTRY" by ROBBIE BASHO (LP + Mp3 & FLAC)

Recorded 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 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 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!

"Visions 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."

"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 Basho's 1979 solo guitar magnum opus "Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12". This LP can be purchased seperately or in a package deal with "Visions of the Country". For more information about "Art of the Acoustic Steel String..." please follow this LINK.

 

DETAILS ABOUT THIS RELEASE

We have 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. (Poster is SOLD OUT)

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 site LINK

 

PRESS FOR THIS RELEASE

8.7 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." – PITCHFORK

"Robbie Basho's essential LP" – THE FADER

"'Visions 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

TRACKS
1. 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
MP3 (samples)

$17.00

$31.00 – PACKAGE DEAL: "Visions of the Country" & "Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar" LP's by Basho (LP's+Mp3/FLAC - shipping now)