Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme

Bonn Ist Supreme

Robbie Basho

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Download Album (mp3) 11 tracks 5.99
Download Album (flac) 11 tracks 6.99
Download Album (wav) 11 tracks 6.99
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Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme

Basho is recognized as one of the essential, transporting acoustic guitarists of his time. His music is indispensable to a host of players, foremost among them, Steffen Basho-Junghans, who has taken Basho’s name, and his inspiring example, to places they’ve never been before. Such fellow travelers as Jack Rose, Matt Valentine and James Blackshaw clearly “get” Basho, and have been quick to credit his influence. (Glenn Jones)

In the 1960s and ‘70s, John Fahey and Leo Kottke seemed to soak up all the attention as the primary “wayshowers” of a new approach to the acoustic steel-string guitar. One was dark and paranoid, the other light and humorous; both were still firmly rooted in folk and blues traditions. But another, in some ways greater, challenge to the accepted way of playing and composing on the guitar was also looming up at the time: Robbie Basho’s. Compared to Fahey and Kottke, though, you would have to describe Robbie and his musical antecedents as simply “Other.” There are obvious influences from India, Japan and the Near East, of course. But even those are not pure translations of other traditions: they too have been re-worked by a creative intelligence. Clearly Robbie has widened the musical horizons greatly. (Richard Osborn)

Reviews

Even more of a cult figure than his one-time patron John Fahey, Baltimore-born guitarist Robbie Basho’s music is only starting to enjoy anything like the acclaim given to his Takoma label boss. Basho’s music does provide the odd flashback of Fahey’s style, but allowed a fair hearing, it is equally vivid and (often darkly) beautiful in it’s own right.

‘Bonn Ist Supreme’ is a live document of a gig in the German city in 1980, six years before Basho passed away and fifteen years on from his superb debut album, ‘Seal Of the Blue Lotus’. There are superior recorded works, granted, but this is a rare chance to hear Basho live and in reflective mood, looking back over his career to date.

Basho plays six and twelve-string guitar, entirely solo, and although he is broadly a folk musician, his music is broader than that. The biggest influence on Basho was Indian raga, sepecifically Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, with whom Basho spent time studying under. Across this scuffed, scruffy-sounding live set, it is this passion that is most obvious – intricate drones, overtones, fingers chasing ecstasy through solo guitar on the likes of ‘The Grail And The Lotus’ and the closing ‘California Raga’. Several of the tracks here stretch out to the nine minute mark, discursive and involving but never dull. Occasionally, the spirit moves Basho to sing, an apparantly polarising choice, but there is something affecting about his vocals that add another soulful layer to the intricate, beautiful playing.

As mentioned earlier, there are better exhibitions of his craft on the early records for Takoma – and the quality of the sound recording is not top-drawer – but ‘Bonn Ist Supreme’ is an enjoyable listen and a welcome release. To bring up the Fahey comparison again, both guitarists did remarkably well to make ‘the same’ sound different every time, and carry you with them.

Tracklisting

Download Album (WEAVIL29DD)
  1. Robbie Basho - Red Wood Ramble
  2. Robbie Basho - Fandango
  3. Robbie Basho - (Variations On) 'Easter'
  4. Robbie Basho - Rocky Mountain Raga
  5. Robbie Basho - Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis
  6. Robbie Basho - German Chocolate Cake
  7. Robbie Basho - Silky Jane
  8. Robbie Basho - The Grail And The Lotus
  9. Robbie Basho - Pavan India
  10. Robbie Basho - Variations On Claire De Lune
  11. Robbie Basho - California Raga

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Red Wood Ramble 3m 19s £0.75
2 Fandango 2m 49s £0.75
3 (Variations On) 'Easter' 5m 36s £0.75
4 Rocky Mountain Raga 9m 0s £0.75
5 Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis 9m 0s £0.75
6 German Chocolate Cake 2m 10s £0.75
7 Silky Jane 3m 24s £0.75
8 The Grail And The Lotus 8m 53s £0.75
9 Pavan India 8m 15s £0.75
10 Variations On Claire De Lune 4m 46s £0.75
11 California Raga 9m 11s N/A N/A
Entire MP3 Download Album (11 tracks) £5.99
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Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme tracks as individual flacs, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Red Wood Ramble 3m 19s £0.75
2 Fandango 2m 49s £0.75
3 (Variations On) 'Easter' 5m 36s £0.75
4 Rocky Mountain Raga 9m 0s £0.75
5 Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis 9m 0s £0.75
6 German Chocolate Cake 2m 10s £0.75
7 Silky Jane 3m 24s £0.75
8 The Grail And The Lotus 8m 53s £0.75
9 Pavan India 8m 15s £0.75
10 Variations On Claire De Lune 4m 46s £0.75
11 California Raga 9m 11s N/A N/A
Entire FLAC Download Album (11 tracks) £6.99
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Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme tracks as individual flacs, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

These longer flac tracks are available in the full album download.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Red Wood Ramble 3m 19s £0.75
2 Fandango 2m 49s £0.75
3 (Variations On) 'Easter' 5m 36s £0.75
4 Rocky Mountain Raga 9m 0s £0.75
5 Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis 9m 0s £0.75
6 German Chocolate Cake 2m 10s £0.75
7 Silky Jane 3m 24s £0.75
8 The Grail And The Lotus 8m 53s £0.75
9 Pavan India 8m 15s £0.75
10 Variations On Claire De Lune 4m 46s £0.75
11 California Raga 9m 11s N/A N/A
Entire WAV Download Album (11 tracks) £6.99

Unfortunately at this time we can't offer all the Robbie Basho - Bonn Ist Supreme tracks as individual flacs, as some of these tracks exceed the shops maximum (9mins) download length.

These longer flac tracks are available in the full album download.