Friday, 1 June 2018

Various Artists - Rare Kosmische Vol.1

01 Between - Syn
02 Haizea - Egunarn Hastapena
03 Drum Circus - Now It Hurts You
04 Agitation Free - You Play For Us Today
05 Michael Bundt - The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
06 Hölderlin - Waren Wir
07 Mythos - Oriental Journey
08 Sand - May Rain
09 Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona - All Men Shall Be Brothers of Ludwig
10 Embryo - You Don't Know What's Happening
11 Ash Ra Tempel - Le Songe d'Or
12 Joy Unlimited - Flos Lividus I
13 Vinegar - Fleisch

Made this a few years ago.

Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache

Akashic Records 1972

01. Ice and Snow
02. Black Swan
03. Color Fantasy
04. Voodoo Spell
05. Salesman
06. Music Box
07. Love Is Our Existence
08. One Last Farewell
09. I'm Walkin' Solo
10. Silk and Ivory
11. Swim
12. Revelation

Craig Vincent Smith had a pretty shiny, wholesome entry into the music industry; he even appeared on The Andy Williams show.

By the mid sixties, he was rubbing shoulders with The Beach Boys and The Monkees and his band, The Penny Arkade, were recording in Hollywood. By 1968, Smith was associating with the Manson Family and getting heavily into TM and Eastern philosophy. He quit the band and went travelling.

The next two years saw Smith change his name to Maitreya Kali, travel to Asia, back home and then onto South America. All the while being a heavy user of hashish and LSD. During this time he suffered with severe mental health problems.

Back in America in 1971, he recorded this album and self released it.

Total downer folk with a Neil Young vibe. Reminiscent of Arthur and sits nicely with other loner folk records of the era.

Robbie Basho - Home Again 1978

Grass-Tops Recordings 2016

01 The Butterfly of Wonder
02 Ride the Buffalo
03 Omar Khayyam Country
04 Memorial
05 Joseph (of the Nez Perce)
06 Roses and Gold
07 The Polish Rider
08 Call on the Wind
09 Across The Great Divide
10 American Sunday

One of the high lights of the Grass-Tops Records releases was this album's worth of demos, recorded by Basho himself at home in 1978.

Recorded while Basho didn't have a record deal (he would sign with Windham Hill Records later that year), this posthumous release shows how 1977-1983 was one of Robbie's most creative periods. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Various Artists - Picnic at Hanging Rock Soundtrack


01. Gheorghe Zamfir and Marcel Cellier - Doina Sus Pe Culmea Dealului
02. Jen Jando - Prelude No 1 in C Major
03. Bruce Smeaton - The Ascent
04. Gheorghe Zamfir and Marcel Cellier - Doina Lui Petru Unc
05. Bruce Smeaton - The Rock
06. Unknown - Romance from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
07. Unknown - Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11
08. Istan Antal with the Hungarian State Orchestra - Adagio un Poco Mosso

Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian film from 1975, directed by Peter Weir. It is a wonderfully ominous, atmospheric piece of (Australian) folk horror.

Stunning visuals aside, the soundtrack sets the tone for the film and has the same haunting quality in places. Romanian pan pipes sit alongside classical pieces and two slightly experimental original compositions from Bruce Smeaton.

The soundtrack has never had a commercial release.

Robbie Basho - Demos 1975

Grass-Tops Recordings 2016

01. Fandango
02. Legend of Mt. Tam
03. Bride of Thunder
04. Tree of Life
05. Libation

This Grass-Tops release was exclusive to the now defunct Soundcloud page.

An E.P.'s worth of demos home recorded after Basho had left Vanguard. His next release on a label was 1978's 'Visions of the Country' on Windham Hill and most of these songs were left unrecorded.

Various Artists - Spring 2013

01. Fever Tree - Imitation Situation (Tocatta Fugue)
02. Sunforest - Where Are You
03. The Search Party - Renee Child
04. Fifty Foot Hose - Rose
05. The Jelly Bean Bandits - Another August Revisited
06. Robbie Basho - Salangadou
07. Belbury Poly - The Geography
08. Big Blood - She-Wander(er)
09. Binarii Weave - Hammer's Smile
10. Deep Magic - Motionless
11. Golden Brown - Wild Bill Jones
12. James Blackshaw - Holly

Another old but seasonal mixtape. The album is split into old music (tracks 1-6) and new (tracks 7-12). Compiled in strange times and a personal favourite.

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).