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Robbie Basho - Venus in Cancer

Track Listing :

1. Venus In Cancer
2. Eagle Sails The Blue Diamond Waters
3. Kowaka D'Amour
4. Song For The Queen
5. Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis
6. Wine Song (Sweet Wine Of Love)

Robbie Basho - Venus in Cancer

" " - MOJO

Read Pitchfork review here.

Robbie Basho released Venus in Cancer in 1969 on the BlueÊ Thumb label. After five albums for the Takoma label in the 60's,Ê Basho had cemented his reputation alongside John Fahey andÊ Leo Kottke as one of the most brilliant guitarists of his generation. His wide range of musical influences from around theÊ globe set him apart from other blues-based players, incorporating Arabic, Himalayan and Indian themes; Japanese andÊ Chinese scales, and classical and European folk music. All areÊ on magnificent display on this sprawling, spiritually-chargedÊ album.Ê

Released on CD for the very first time, the album has beenÊ remastered from the original tapes. The package includes original album artwork and new appreciations from Windham HillÊ label founder Will Ackerman, Basho college friend and fellowÊ Takoma recording artist Max Ochs, German guitarist SteffenÊ Basho-Junghans, and Pete Townshend of The Who.Ê

Twenty years since his death in 1986, Basho's legend continues toÊ grow, having strongly influenced a new generation of guitaristsÊ including Jack Rose, Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance)Ê and James Blackshaw, among many others.Ê

The first ever live recording by Robbie Basho, a version ofÊ "Kowaka D'Amour" from Venus in Cancer, can be found onÊ Tompkins Square's recent compilation, Imaginational Anthem,Ê Vol. 2 .

"Essential" Ð All Music GuideÊ


This record is out of print.


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