Robbie Basho

Song Of The Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes

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Tompkins Square

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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. The label will release a single disc vinyl LP on Record Store Day '20 as well. The set includes notes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as many unseen photographs


Disc One :

1 Hari Kari, Kali Style
2 If I Had Possession
3 Bengali Prayer
4 Brahmanís Blues
5 Tatanka
6 Medieval Nocturne
7 Autumn Child
8Priest Spring Jazz
9 Hippy Song
10 Swamp Song
11 Rosey Bush

Disc Two :

1 Gypsy Rosary
2 Himalayan Highlands
3 Rising Sun Song
4 Song Of The Avatars
5 Mehera My Love
6 Mehera's Lament
7 Hymn For The Warriors Of The Rainbow
8 White Buffalo
9 Walla Walla
10 Crazy Horse Soliloquy
11 Come To Me

Disc Three :

1 Symphonic Quisada For The Prophet
2 Cry Of The Nightingale
3 Song Of God
4 Le Jandin (Ballet)
5 Libation
6 House Of God
7 Breeze In The Palace
8 Queenís Ride
9 Bhupali

Disc Four :

1 Golden Palomino
2 Memorial
3 Great Depression Blues
4 American Sunday
5 Bride Of Thunder
6 Ride The Buffalo
7 Majnun's Lament
8 Omar Khayaam Country
9 Four Ladies Across The Water
10 Tears Of Teresa
11 Blues From Lebanon
12 The Song Of Leila
13 Califia

Disc Five :

1 Tree Of Love
2 Lady Fair
3 Wonder Song
4 The Fortunes Of War
5 Hindu Christmas Carol
6 Shepherd Of The Stars
7 Baba Boy
8 Murshidaís Wally
9 Sea Of Light (Babaís Ship Song)
10 Lord Of Roses 

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