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 that defy description or comparison.
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...
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
ABOUT THIS RELEASE
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
will also receive 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.
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
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
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
shipping with posters
note to international customers: shipping
2 or 3 or 4 records at once considerably reduces the cost
of shipping per record – consider placing a combined
purchase with some friends.