Release date: Friday 10th December 2020
This deluxe edition of Visions of the Country features a gatefold, tip-on “old-style” jacket, 140-gram black vinyl, and small poster.
Recorded in the height of Robbie Basho's creative career, Visions of the Country was originally released at the end of 1978, slipping quickly out of print and into relative obscurity. 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 cooped-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.
"...a blunderbuss of feeling, tied to unstoppable technique...Basho’s sound is dramatic and yearning and very personal, altogether unapologetic for the way he saw the world. What’s most remarkable about Basho is how busy and emphatic but absolutely effortless his songs could feel, especially when he touches the guitar. At once, Basho could appear to be laying it all on the line and simply breezing through the notes. After more than three decades out of print, ["Visions of the Country"] is finally back in circulation; on its 35th anniversary, it serves as an ecstatic testimonial for a guitarist in need of a popular resurrection." Pitchfork
"Robbie Basho's essential LP" The Fader
1. Green River Suite
3. Rocky Mountain Raga
4. Variations on Easter
5. Blue Crystal Fire
SIDE B: 1. Orphan's Lament
2. Leaf in the Wind
3. Night Way
4. Elk Dreamer's Lament
5. Call on the Wind