"Visions of the Country"

by Robbie Basho

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shodings Didn't know the music of Robbie Basho and it hit me, when I heard it. Incredible guitar, incredible voice, carrying you away. Fav track: Green River Suite.
Erez Schatz
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Erez Schatz The Bandcamp Weekly review said that for some Robbie Basho's voice is a deal breaker. For me it's a deal Maker.
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nic Guitar like water over river rocks with an utterly unique voice that juts out into the sky from time to time. Fav track = Blue Crystal Fire
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crystalboi i think this might have changed my life somehow
Matthieu JOLY
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Matthieu JOLY Incredible.. fist heard Robbie Basho while searching for "orphan's lament" from Huun Huur Tu. Then, because i'm still curious... was schoked by this incredible voice, music, raw talent. Just love it. Pure and simple as that.
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  • Vinyl Reissue
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    140-gram black vinyl reissue, with original liner notes from Robbie Basho, and new liner notes by Fletcher Tucker. Beautifully restored from original masters.

    Includes unlimited streaming of "Visions of the Country" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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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 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.


released January 1, 2013


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