Originally released on The Falconer's Arm I (Tak 1017); The Falconers Arm II (Tak 1018), and Song Of The Stallion (Tak 1031).
Solo performer: Robbie Basho (vocals, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, steel guitar).
Producers: Robbie Basho, Bob DeSousa, Ed Bogas.
Compilation producer: Bill Belmont.
Recorded in 1967 and 1968. Includes liner notes by John Fahey.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California)
Personnel: Robbie Basho (guitar, 12-string guitar, steel guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Robbie Basho; Bill Belmont.
Recording information: Radio KPFA, Berkeley, CA (1967-1968); Santa Cruz, CA (1967-1968); Sierra Sound Labs (1967-1968).
A profound guitar innovator and neglected folk hero, Robbie Basho studied with Ali Akbar Khan and began recording for John Fahey's influential Takoma Records in the fertile 1960s. Basho helped to created a six- and 12-string guitar genre before one even existed. His legacy has reached cult status, even inspiring another guitarist to adopt his method and put out six- and 12-string albums. BASHOVIA includes Basho's epic composition "The Falconer's Arm." Here, Basho is able to spread out fully, releasing an intricate combination of Asian and classical modalities. Against the dissonant steel strings, Basho's dexterous finger-picking of open-tuned ragas transports the listener to other realms. Absolutely necessary for sonic travelers, this album offers some of this best solo guitar music available. BASHOVIA places Robbie Basho in the pantheon of all-time greats.