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Bashovia

Bashovia

7 Jul 2008

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  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Fantasy, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:12:20
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  • ASIN: B001KEN82W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,045 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John McNally on 7 Jun 2014
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This guy makes simply stunning music. I'm having a bit of a Robbie Basho day today but it's not just a one off, I must confess to you, I've had them before. You see once the Basho gets his tender hooks into you, nothing else will do. Don't be put off by the cover, I know he looks like a cross between a gnome, Lapland type gentleman whose lived in the forest for a very long time and a munchkin but that's Ok with me. When someone makes music as spiritual and uplifting and in some ways of another world as this, they can dress how they damn well please in my book.

When my friend Richard first heard him he said that he was playing his music for himself and for no one else and that is certainly true. This music comes from deep within his soul. It has changed me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yokuba on 31 Aug 2010
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This is wonderful music and I am amazed that none of Basho's albums have been reviewed on this website until now. Truly a neglected but great talent. If you like Davey Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne etc you will love this.
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Music of substance: the story of a soul 27 Dec 2002
By Richard S. Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Must admit from the outset that I studied and performed with Basho in the late 60's, early 70's. Still, he is the hidden progenitor of the fusion of world music with the spiritual for all today. He studied with the matchless sarod master Ali Akbar Khan. This album has some of his greatest compositions, but shows some flaws also. Robbie was an intuitive: always put vision first & technique a far second ("Guitar Soli" has several of his greatest early compositions, but also some downright funky messes from the first recordings). "Pavan" is among his most raga-like; "Pasha" is most santur-like. At the risk of sounding New Agey (Robbie was a true wayfarer, not interested in channeling entities or sweet substitutes) I hope you might approach his music with the expectation of meeting a person of deep heart and pure intention, trying to see the highest peak man can aspire to, and let his wings help you up a ways....
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Let Bashovia Wash Ovia 3 Nov 2007
By Green Manalishi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music defies description. How do you explain a peyote trip, for example? From the liner notes inside by John Fahey himself "The mood is neither Oriental nor Occidental, male nor female, human nor alien, young nor old, live nor dead, traditional nor contemporary, hip nor unhip, yin nor yang, apples nor oranges, plus nor minus, electric nor accoustic..". Bashovia is unadulterated bliss. I haven't heard anything like it before.
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An epiphany 22 Dec 2012
By The Great Penguin Adventure - Published on Amazon.com
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This just arrived. I just listened to it straight through. This is heady and I'm still recovering.

I don't know enough about guitar to say anything insightful about Basho's playing, but this is some of the most wonderful music I have heard in a long time. I found this via Fahey, but instantly realized that I would have no way in to this album with Fahey as my reference point. Basho's guitar was pouring over me in waves and an hour plus was gone in a flash.

There is an almost trance inducing quality to this album. It drones - and that's not a negative - and pulls you in. Basho's voice is distant but powerful, and finds its way into the same hum and vibration of the guitar it accompanies.
The guitar work is impossibly strange and familiar all at once, and it feels like I'm remembering this music as I'm hearing for the first time.

I don't think I can describe it more clearly or in more detail. This strikes me as the sort of music that just has to be experienced. If you've found your way here, you should definitely listen to this album.
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The Ultimate Trip -- Sideways! 9 Jan 2013
By Daniel G. Schaeffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like a lot of people -- including John Fahey himself, as he carefully explains in the liner notes -- I feel ambivalent about Basho. Fahey, Kottke and Lang were all a bit weird, but hilariously so, and they never took any of it too seriously. It was all part of a running joke designed to draw the public's attention to the vital music Takoma was producing at the time. Basho? Different story. He meant every bit of it. With his fruity voice and campy, pretentious, pseudo-Longfellow nonsense about Indian princesses in moonlit glens, one had to break out laughing -- or wonder whether he weren't teetering on the edge of a psychotic episode due to too much acid.

Nevertheless, when he was hot, he burned. "The Falconer's Arm," with its evocation of Scottish pipes, sword-dances and drafty battlements, is a real jaw-dropper -- it explores possibilities for the open "Spanish" tuning that nobody else had thought of; "Pavan Hindustan" is instantly memorable; etc. The aspiring guitarist should also look into "Guitar Soli," because the liner-notes include Basho's brilliant guide to the open tunings that were being explored by the more experimental guitarists at the time.

If you're a new listener to this sort of music, get Fahey and Kottke first. This album is a bit like Fred Neil's "Bleeker and McDougal" in one important regard. It's as much an evocation of a "cultural moment" as it is music. Neil lets you in on all those 'til-dawn parties with Bob, Joan, Dave Van Ronk and Richie Havens; listen to Basho and you're right there sitting on a west coast beach, reading Alan Watts, or maybe Kerouac, contemplating a Galen Rowell sunset, and thinking "Wow -- I'd better remember this for the rest of my life ..."

I'm glad this stuff has been re-issued, but to be honest I have to hit the "forward" button when he does his Nelson Eddy imitation.
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