Monday, 2 April 2018

Robbie Basho - Portrait of Basho as a Young Dragoon

Grass-Tops Recordings 2015

01 Theme On Autumn
02 Pasha
03 French Song
04 Song Of God
05 Charles Ives Paints Modern America
06 Portrait Of Fahey As A Young Dragoon

Probably the best of the Grass-Tops original album issues.

A collection of recordings documenting some of Robbie Basho’s most exploratory early career live material (circa 1967-1969).

Various Artists - April 2012

01 Top Drawer - Song of a Sinner
02 Fern Knight - Awake, Angel Snake
03 This Heat - Health And Efficiency
04 Karen Beth - Last Time
05 Seven Feathers Rainbow - Lily Cottage
06 Black Widow - In Ancient Days
08 The Music Machine - Come On In
09 Lanterns - Dir Tup
10 The Manson Family - Is There No One In Your World But You?
11 Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
12 Dark - Live For Today
13 Dom - Dream

Mixtape from six years ago with dark, witchy tones.

The Byrds - Universal Mind Decoder

Bootleg 1968

01. Artificial Energy
02. Goin' Back
03. Triad
04. Natural Harmony
05. Draft Morning
06. Wasn't Born To Follow
07. Lady Friend
08. Old John Robertson
09. Get To You
10. Tribal Gathering
11. Change Is Now
12. Dolphin's Smile

Dig the Byrds? Like DIY albums? Then this is for you.

I've made re-imagined versions of most of the Byrds albums, this is essentially a reworking of "The Notorious Byrd Brothers", my favorite L.P. of theirs.

There isn't too much change to be fair; 'Space Odyssey' has been removed to make way for two tracks left off the final running order.

'Triad' was voted down by Hillman and McGuinn in favour of 'Goin' Back', a move that angered Crosby as he thought original compositions should precedence over cover versions.

'Lady Friend' was left off because of it's poor sales as a single prior to the album. Unbelievable really; the song is one of their greatest and most ambitious.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Robbie Basho - Live at Broadway United Methodist Church

Grasstops Recordings 2014

01 The Grail & The Lotus
02 Cathedrals et Fleur de lis
03 Prologue for Pavan India
04 Pavan India (Pavan Hindustan)
05 Claire de Lune (California version)

Between 2013 and 2016, Grasstops Recordings embarked on a remaster and reissue series of Robbie Basho releases. 

Original albums like 'Rainbow Thunder' and 'Visions of the Country' received beautiful treatments; although these were only released in small numbers, both the sound quality and artwork were gorgeous.

Alongside these were new archival releases; home demos and live recordings. Whole new albums such as 'Portrait of Basho as a Young Dragoon 1967-69' saw release and the Grass-Tops Soundcloud put out compilations of demos and live tracks.

It seemed like Basho was finally receiving the care and attention his music deserved.

Along the way something went wrong and I'm not quite sure what. I had all of these on pre-order, such was my excitement at every announcement, particularly when 'Bouquet' was due for release. A message on Grass-Tops revealed that the remaster would only be available in digital, but the physical release had to scrapped, due to (unexplained) copyright issues. 'Bouquet' came out, digital only (another beautiful job) and free of charge.

No other physical releases appeared and the Grass-Tops Bandcamp disappeared alongside the Soundcloud page, taking all of the digital only material with it.

I'm not sure what happened, although I've heard rumors of S*ny interference. 

As I have stated before; one of the inspirations behind starting this blog was to make the music of Robbie Basho available again. I chose not to include the Grass-Tops remasters as Kyle Fosburgh seemed to be putting his own money (and obviously, a lot of love) into these projects.

Now, for whatever reason, these releases are unavailable again, so it's maybe time this blog saw some new Basho.

This release was a preview to the reissue of 1976's 'Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12'. A beautiful live recording featuring Robbie playing at his best.

I offer my sincere thanks to Kyle for the wonderful work he done.

I hope you don't mind.

P.S. If any reader wants to clear up the mystery in the comments, please do!

Captain Beefheart - The Legendary A&M Sessions

A&M 1984

01 Diddy Wah Diddy
02 Who Do You Think You're Fooling
03 Moonchild
04 Frying Pan
05 Here I Am I Always Am

After the retirement of Don Van Vliet, A&M compiled the first two singles together with an unreleased track for this E.P.

Both 'Diddy Wah Diddy' and 'Moonchild' were released in 1966, with 'Here I Am I Always Am' a rejected b-side for the latter.

Various Artists - 2012: Winter/Spring Psych Out

01 The Millennium - Prelude
02 Changes - Memorabilia
03 Earth Island - Seasons Of Our Lives
04 Instant Orange - The Visionary
05 Stag Hare - A Rose for the White Witch
06 Jake Whitren - A Little Bit Extra Please
07 C.A. Quintet - Trip Thru Hell (Part 2)
08 Daniel Bachman - Grey (Take Two)
09 Terenchem - Jeritan Cinta
10 Chocolate Watchband - I Ain't No Miracle Worker
11 Oriental Sunshine - Across Your Life
12 Midwinter - Waters Of Sweet Sorrow
13 Sylvester Anfang II - Na regen komt Zondvloed
14 Stenblomma - Christiania
15 Sitaar Tah! - Solo

Six year old mixtape, released for the season. A lot of obscure tracks on this one, with a few having a witchcraft feel and/or content.

Monday, 5 February 2018


Mexican Summer 2009

01 Flash Gordon
02 Bombay Calling
03 Punjab's Barber
04 Gypsy Odyssey (Performed Live At St. John's Church Christmas Eve, 1966)
05 Bouzouki Blues Experiment
06 Hungarian Stomp
07 Flash Gordon (A Practice Session)
08 Freeform Improvisation (While Watching An Experimental Underground Film)
09 Flute Player Audition (Practice Jam Session)
10 Dancing In The Park
11 Gypsy Odyssey (Practice Session)

The story of Bobby Beausoleil is well documented, but if you don't know...

Bobby traveled East at an early age and arrived in San Francisco in 1966. Here, he joined The Orkustra; a multi ethnic, psychedelic group with a range of styles and instruments. World music before the term.

Bobby Beausoleil provided guitar for this group and they played around San Francisco on the underground circuit. They played events, happenings and even soundtracked movies live.

They never entered a studio and this set represents all available recordings.

Red Lounge Records tried to compile an album in 2006 called 'Light Shows For The Blind'. It was a fine set and a great attempt at trying to 'make' an album for the band. All recordings from that record appear here, although if there is enough interest, I'll post 'Light Shows For The Blind' too.

There is some truly revolutionary stuff here, lots of improvisation and it's great psych.

This was only the first movement of Beausoleil's musical career, view the other posts from this month to find out more.