Thursday, 25 June 2015


01. Twilight Peaks
02. Lost Lagoon Suite
03. Rocky Mountain Raga
04. Blue Crystal Fire
05. Golden Dragon
06. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
07. Chung Mei - The Chinese Orchid
08. The Long Lullaby

Tracks 1 & 5 from 'Twilight Peaks'
Track 2 from 'The Falconer's Arm I'
Tracks 3 & 4 from 'Visions of the Country'
Tracks 6 & 8 from 'Rainbow Thunder'
Track 7 from 'The Grail and the Lotus'

I got this quite by accident. I thought I was downloading something else, and was surprised when I opened the file to find a Robbie Basho album with a title I recognised as a track from 'The Falconer's Arm II'.

It is a compilation of already released material, mainly from Basho's later period.  I can't find any information on this album, and I assume it's a fan made compilation.

Whoever did put this together deserves kudos; it's an excellent introduction to the artist and flows like an original album. Whoever you are, well done.

So, if you're intrigued by Robbie Basho and want a place to start, or you're already a fan but want to hear familiar songs in a new context, get it!

Note: There was no cover, so I designed my own Basho-tastic one.


01. Third Ear Band - The Phoenix
02. Synanthesia - Shifting Sands (Live)
03. Comus - Winter Is a Coloured Bird
04. Bobby Brown - Becoming One with the Forest
05. Rex Holman - Copper Kettles
06. Tim Hollier - Evening Song
07. Mick Softley - Ship
08. Sunforest - Magician In the Mountain
09. Marc Brierly - Flaxan Hair
10. Shawn Phillips - Ballad of Casey Deiss
11. Greenwood, Curlee &Thompson - Little Willie
12. Bridget St John - Back to Stay
13. Mary-Anne - Love Has Gone
14. Saffron - Vision Is a Lonely Word
15. Amber - Swan In the Evening
16. Tyrannosaurus Rex - Wind Cheetah
17. Jethro Tull - Jack In the Green
18. Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt - Jesus Christ Sitting On a Hill In the Lake District


Vertigo 1973

01. And the Waters Opened
02. Uroboros
03. Syn
04. Devotion
05. Happy Stage
06. Samum

A recent conversation with friends prompted this post; a couple of weekends ago, we were discussing Julian Cope's wonderful 'Krautrocksampler'. A while ago I got together some albums that Cope hadn't included in his 100 list. I assume his list wasn't exhaustive. there are some great omissions (Future Days?!?!), but it still remains the best starting point for anyone wanting to explore the genre.

'And the Waters Opened' by Between is one of those omissions. Psychedelic jamming, eastern instruments, instrumental, heavy German drug funk, it's fucking great.

Think Agitation Free with a touch of Popol Vuh.