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Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)

Thomas Stern 20 Oct 20 - 10:21 PM
Thomas Stern 09 Sep 20 - 09:06 PM
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GUEST,Starship 31 Mar 20 - 08:54 PM
Thomas Stern 30 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 20 Oct 20 - 10:21 PM

FYI
best wishes, Thomas.


Tompkins Square is set to release Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes, a 5CD set of previously unreleased material, on
December 4th, 2020.
The set includes notes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as many unseen photographs. The box set package featuring gold foil inlay, poster and extensive booklet, was designed by Barbara Bersche, known for her work on the 2009 Grammy-nominated Alan Lomax in Haiti box, as well as the new Dust-To-Digital Harry Smith B-Sides box.

TSQ 5715 - Robbie Basho / Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes - 5CD set


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 09 Sep 20 - 09:06 PM

ANNOUNCEMENT from Tompkins Square - fyi best Thomas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Robbie Basho - Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes - Vinyl LP Exclusively Available at Independent Record Stores for Record Store Day (Drop #2), September 26th

Robbie Basho (1940-1986) is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of what's commonly known today as American Primitive guitar. Growing up in Maryland alongside neo-traditional guitar explorers John Fahey and Max Ochs, Basho's path would take a decidedly different turn, bringing Hindi, Indian, Japanese and Native American musical traditions into his work. His albums for Takoma and Vanguard have left an indelible trail of influence across generations of musicians, from William Ackerman and Pete Townshend to Ben Chasny and William Tyler.

Liam Barker first became aware of Basho having purchased Tompkins Square's reissue of Venus in Cancer, released in 2006. This led him on an incredible fact-finding expedition, unraveling the many layers of mystery surrounding Basho's life and death, all deftly compiled and depicted in his documentary film, Voice of the Eagle : The Enigma of Robbie Basho.

During the research process, Barker came across a large cache of unheard Basho tapes recorded throughout his career, ranging roughly from 1965-1985. By arrangement with Basho's Estate and the original custodians of the tapes, Tompkins Square is set to release Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes, a 5CD set of previously unreleased material, on December 4th, 2020. The set includes notes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as many unseen photographs.

Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes vinyl LP will be exclusively available at independent record stores worldwide on September 26th. The best way to obtain a copy is to ask your favorite record store in advance if they plan to carry the set.   

TSQ 5722 - Robbie Basho / Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes - vinyl LP

Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves/Universal and Revolver in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

tompkinssquare.com


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 09:25 PM

"A Day in the Life of Lemuria"? < ahref=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_(continent)>Wikipedia says that Lemuria "is a hypothetical lost land located in either the Indian or the Pacific Ocean, as postulated by a now-discredited 19th-century scientific theory." Off and on over the last 40 years, I have heard of Lemurians living near Mount Shasta in California. I tend not to believe in such things, but it's interesting folklore.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: GUEST,Starship
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 08:54 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVLElTzEgOQ&list=RDUVLElTzEgOQ&index=1

That link is to the complete album 'Twilight Peaks' by R.Basho.


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM

From REAL GONE MUSIC (UK):

"ROBBIE BASHO: Songs of the Great Mystery—The Lost Vanguard Sessions (CD & Limited 2-LP Clear Vinyl Edition)

        Robbie Basho was one of the big three American acoustic guitar innovators, John Fahey and Leo Kottke being the other two. Basho was actually a college friend of John Fahey, and his early recordings (like Kottke’s) were for Fahey’s Takoma label. Following Fahey ‘s move to Vanguard, Basho followed suit, and released Voice of the Eagle and Zarthus for the label in 1972 and 1974, respectively. Flash forward to 2009: Vanguard contacted guitarist (and long-time Basho champion) Glenn Jones with the intriguing news that an unreleased Robbie Basho album session had recently been found, on a tape that, alas, lacked any real documentation. It was only 12 years later, when Jones, in the process of researching the liner notes for this release, discovered the truth: that not just the mysterious tape but both Voice of the Eagle and Zarthus were the result of one marathon session in 1971 or 1972 recorded in New York City by Vanguard staff engineer Jeffrey Zaraya. Songs of the Great Mystery—The Lost Vanguard Sessions, then, takes its place as the third of the triumvirat of albums Basho recorded for the label, and it is their equal in every way, exploring, in particular, some of the same Native American themes found on Voice of the Eagle. Some of the tunes showed up on later albums in much different forms, but for Basho fans, the originals will probably steal the show, particularly “Song of the Great Mystery,” which, unlike some of the songs here that showcase his singing and piano-playing, brings to the fore his amazing six-string guitar technique and touch. Vanguard briefly put these sessions up digitally when they were located, but Real Gone Music’s release represents the first time they have come out in any physical form (and the alternate take of “A Day in the Life of Lemuria,” also discovered by Jones, has never been heard anywhere). Featuring track-by-track annotation, rare photos (including Basho’s own handwritten notes found in the tape box), and remastering by Mike Milchner of SonicVision, Songs of the Great Mystery—The Lost Vanguard Sessions is a timely release and a deeply spiritual, uplifting one, too…a great album to listen to while you’re cooped up! Available on CD or on a double-LP set pressed in clear vinyl limited to 1000 copies and housed inside a gatefold jacket. "

1. A Day in the Life of Lemuria
2. Night Way
3. The Butterfly of Wonder
4. Laughing Thunder, Crawling Thunder
5. Thunder Sun
6. Kateri Tekakwitha
7. Thunder Love
8. Song of the Great Mystery
9. Death Song
10. A Day in the Life of Lemuria (Alternate Take)

more info at REAL GONE website,
also available from other sellers
https://shop.realgonemusic.com/search?q=Robbie+Basho


Thomas


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: gillymor
Date: 17 Dec 19 - 09:59 AM

I got a couple of Basho's early Takoma LP's on the recommendation of Fahey (the label's co-owner, btw) and didn't really get into him until I started to get a feel for Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan music later on though I always marveled at his ability to make one of the voices of his 12 string sound somewhat like a sarod or a sitar or one of those sub-continent stringed instruments while simultaneously playing the accompaniment.


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Subject: RE: Info: Robbie Basho (1940-1986)
From: GUEST,Starship
Date: 16 Dec 19 - 11:02 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVLElTzEgOQ

Here's 'Twilight Peaks' on YouTube for anyone who may wish to hear his work. WOW could well be an understatement.


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Subject: RE: Robbie Basho - Twilight Peaks
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 14 Dec 19 - 08:49 PM

no response to the TWILIGHT PEAKS query.
Are any list members appreciative of Basho's work ??
Anyone know of him, but do not like his work or less than that
of Fahey, Kottke, etc....

If anyone does know his work, you comments are welcome.

JUST released - a DVD/BD document about Basho:
Voice of the eagle-The Enigma of Robbie Basho - Liam Barker

This package contains the film, trailer, and extended interviews
of Country Joe McDonald, Pete Townshend. DVD and BD (Blu-ray) discs.

A third disc, DVD format, contains extended interviews with the many people who contributed to the documentary, as well as a half dozen people not included in the film.

All discs are Region/Zone free.

The film is an impressionistic pastiche of short bits of the many
interviews. Quite a lot about Basho's connection to Meher Baba
and SUFI thought, as well as biographical information, and some
discussion of the music. Some more interesting observations on the music are in the bonus extended interviews (IMO).

Did anyone see this film when it was in theatrical release ??

Thomas.


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Subject: Robbie Basho - Twilight Peaks
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 01 Mar 18 - 02:06 PM

I notice the descriptions of the CD reissue of the Basho TWILIGHT PEAKS album say remastered from DEMO tapes.

Does this mean that the original chrome cassette tape release is a different recording from the CD (i.e. studio) ??? OR was the somewhat obscure tape [released by THE ART OF RELAXATION (Vital Body Marketing Co., Manhasset NY)] issued from the same demo recordings as were used for the CD ??

Anyone know how to contact GLENN JONES (Varrick Records, Cul de Sac)
who did the remaster ??

Thanks! Thomas.


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