My mentor for mind liberty and overall follow-your-heart, and guitar maestro Robbie Basho has a new album. Well, not exactly, he’s been dead for 25 years, but about a month ago, the Smeraldina Rima label had reissued his brilliant 1984 release Twilight Peaks album.
Little known upon its release on cassette only, TP quickly vanished into the great amnesia of the world, the reissue does a great justice to one of his truly great albums.
The sound is full of reverb, huge like the mountains Basho was inspired by. It’s not the best guitar sound to say the least, but it does sound as if Basho focused less on melody and made way for the spirit, he tried to express a feeling, rather the be verbal and accurate (if such thing ever excited in Basho’s music). Glenn Jones was in charge of getting the music from the tapes into the LP/CD/Mp3 formats, and you can count on him that he treated this reissue project like it was his own album.
There are no eastern influences, nor Japanese or classical, and what we get is a shapless form of melodies, a pile of ideas glues together by a master. The album is gentle, beautiful but far from being easy. On the contrary, it requires a lot from the listener, much more focus and open heart.
This is easily one of my favorite Basho albums, and I’m thrilled by the era we live in. Information is available to all, just grab your credit card and grab it. One serious candidate for best of 2012 list.
[Audio] Robbie Basho – Golden Dragon