“Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker’s album ‘Second Poem to Karmela’ or Gypsies Are Important was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, and Eastern and modal sounds that has remained unsung for decades. While his debut album for Vanguard, Rainy Day Raga, has been reissued several times on LP and CD, this album (his sophomore effort), remains an obscure and hard to find vinyl relic. Until now. Carefully re-mastered from the original tapes, guitar scholar Glenn Jones recently interviewed Peter Walker for hours and has written a book-deep essay for the CD and LP liner notes that detail Walker’s association with an incredible cross-section of 1960s counter-culture icons including LSD guru Timothy Leary (Walker personally provided the soundtrack to many a trip), he studied raga music with Ali Akbar Khan, and like his close friend Sandy Bull, Walker worked on a fusion of Western and Eastern sounds. Jim Pepper plays flute on ‘Second Poem’ (he also recorded with The Fugs and Don Cherry), other accompaniment to Walker’s guitar, sarod and sitar playing includes violin, organ, tablas, and tamboura. This is true acid folk as interesting, progressive, and memorable as fellow 1960s world travelers Robbie Basho, Davy Graham, and the Incredible String Band. Remastered from the original stereo ¼” tapes. Housed in a gatefold tip-on jacket with liner notes.”
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“Peter Walker is an American original, as eclectic and enigmatic as the songs he writes. The legendary seventy-five year old raga/psychedelic/folk acoustic guitarist, who was schooled by masters such as Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, has been described by Larry Coryell as, ‘One of the most original practitioners of contemporary music’ and proclaimed by the Beatles’ press agent Derek Taylor as ‘Perhaps the greatest guitarist in the world.’ His music, celebrated by the late Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Thurston Moore, and Greg Davis, all contributed original compositions to the 2006 tribute album, A Raga for Peter Walker. In the mid-’60s, while musical director to Timothy Leary’s LSD explorations, Walker released the classic Rainy Day Raga LP in 1966, and 1968’s influential Second Poem to Karmela, or Gypsies are Important, both on Vanguard Records. Following that, Peter Walker disappeared from recording for almost forty years, but never stopped practicing, learning, and reaching. Now, Delmore Recording Society is proud to announce the release of a lost studio session from 1970. Recorded at Mercury Studios, NYC. Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? is Peter Walker’s manifesto. A solo guitar/vocal album, all one take, no overdubs, that could have been Peter’s classic third album had it been released at the time. (Peter had been storing the reels in a converted bread truck for decades). While his previous two records are incredible collaborative efforts, the playing of Bruce Langhorne, Jeremy Steig, and John Blair as important to the final product as Peter’s, this album is 100 proof Walker. A requiem to the 1960s, chronicling lovers on the run, anti-war movement adventures, and living off the grid in Mexico, California, Detroit, and NYC.