Robbie Basho

Live in Forli, Italy 1982

Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitive." Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian tour. It took place at the 18th-century Palazzo Gaddi that housed the local music high school and was mostly used for classical concerts, in an intimate space co-organizer Mario Calvitti (whose memories of the events surrounding this concert make up the bulk of the liner notes) says Basho called "one lovely little room where I could play all night." Only previously released incompletely as a download, this show can now be heard in its full glory.

Vinyl Track Listing:

A1. Redwood Ramble                       3:50

A2. Song of the Stallion                    4:21

A3. The Grail and the Lotus             8:47

A4. German Chocolate Cake           2:36

A5. Interlude                                       2:05

B1. Cathedral et Fleur de Lis           8:13

B2. Pavan India                                  7:58

B3. California Raga                           7:40

Total                                                   45:30

vinyl includes download code for the entire program

CD/download Track Listing:

01. Redwood Ramble                       3:51

02. Song of the Stallion                    4:23

03. The Grail and the Lotus             9:31

04. Interlude 1                                    0:50

05. German Chocolate Cake           2:42

06. Interlude 2                                    2:52

07. Cathedral et Fleur de Lis            8:09

08. Pavan India                                  7:57

09. Interlude 3                                    2:45

10. Clair de Lune (for Twelve-String) 4:43

11. California Raga                           8:09

Total                                                   55:52

Personnel: Robbie Basho, acoustic guitar, occasional vocals


“Basho’s manic, hyperkinetic approach to playing, singing, songwriting and living in general have very few peers. …a guitarist in need of a popular resurrection.” –

“Whatever bag he was in, he was in all the way. There was no holding back and no wobbliness at all. He just had the ability to take you somewhere else.” Glenn Jones

 “Robbie Basho was an angel. I don’t believe he was terrestrial. I would watch him play and be transported in a way I’ve never been transported before.” – Will Ackerman

Musicians: Robbie Basho

Digital download Choice of WAVs or MP3s.
Compact Disk Cardboard gatefold sleeve with liner notes
Long Playing Direct Metal Mastering, 160-gram vinyl, digital download card with complete program included
  • Product Code: ESP5024
  • Availability: In Stock
  • CD $12.98
  • LP $20.00
  • WAV Download $8.99
  • MP3 Download $8.99

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