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  • robbie basho – visions of the country – gnome life

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    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 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.

    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 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.


  • robbie basho – art of the acoustic steel string guitar 6 & 12 – gnome life

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    “ART OF THE ACOUSTIC STEEL STRING GUITAR 6 & 12” by ROBBIE BASHO (LP + Mp3 & FLAC)

    Originally 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 to America.”

    This 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 strings.

    Only 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.

    With “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.