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✨✧ Robbie BashoFalconer's Arm Vol 1 ... LP
Takoma, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Incredible early work from the great Robbie Basho – a guitarist who's often known as a contemporary of John Fahey – but one that we might well put in an entirely different class altogether! The music here is mostly solo guitar – on 12-string and standard acoustic guitar – and Basho has this sublime way of spinning out these long, almost modal lines – clearly inspired a bit by Indian music, given his comments in the notes – but with a result that's very much his own, and which has this sonic sensibility that's years ahead of his time! If you dig Fahey or Sandy Bull, you'll find plenty to dig here too – but there's also elements of Basho's late 60s performance that wouldn't turn up until decades later in the playing and phrasing of others. Titles on this first volume include "The Falconer's Arm", "Tassajara", "Lost Lagoon Suite", and "Pavan Hindustan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange and purple label pressing, in fantastic shape!)

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Norman BlakeDirections ... LP
Takoma, 1978. Near Mint- ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, bumped corners, small stickers at the spine, small splits in the bottom seam, and track durations in pen in back.)

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T Bone BurnettTruth Decay ... LP
Takoma, 1980. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Titles include "Quicksand", "Tears Tears Tears", "I'm Coming Home", "Pretty Girls", "Boomerang", and "Madison Avenue". LP, Vinyl record album

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John FaheyFare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice) ... CD
Takoma (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A wonderful set from the early 70s – a record that has John Fahey opening up even more than before, on three very long tracks that really extend his ideas into a much more open space! The territory is maybe a bit more in the mode of Robbie Basho or Sandy Bull – and the pieces themselves are dedicated to Fahey's guru, Swami Satchidananda – with some of the Eastern elements you might expect! Yet John's longstanding tradition to reworking an American idiom is still strongly in place – maybe just inflected with a new spirit breathed into the nation in the late 60s – and opened up with wonderful interplay on the strings of the guitar. Titles include "When The Fire & Rose Are One", "Thus Krishna On The Battlefield", and "Fare Forward Voyagers". CD

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John FaheyJohn Fahey Visits Washington DC ... CD
Takoma (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A fantastic late 70s album from guitar genius John Fahey – his first after a number of years away from the recording studio – and a real back to basics effort overall! There's none of the "orchestra" trappings of other 70s records – nor some of Fahey's more longer-form ideas – and instead, the tracks focus mostly on his incredible sense of texture and timing on the acoustic guitar – heard to perfectly as he folds his own compositions together with songs by Bill Monroe, Bola Sete, Leo Kottke, and Doc Watson! The whole thing's wonderfully understated – even more so than you'd guess from the cover – and titles include "Silver Bell/Cheyenne", "Ann Arbor/Death By Reputation", "The Discovery Of Syliva Scott", "Guitar Lamnento", "Melody McBad", and "The Grand Finale". CD

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John Fahey/Leo Kottke/Peter LangJohn Fahey/Leo Kottke/Peter Lang ... LP
Takoma, 1974. Very Good+ ... $13.99
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Steeleye SpanSails Of Silver ... LP
Takoma, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear, a large sticker spot, and hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Robbie BashoSeal Of The Blue Lotus ... CD
Takoma/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A perfect illustration of the genius of guitarist Robbie Basho – a set recorded early in his career, but with music that's light years ahead of most of his contemporaries! Although a set of solo acoustic guitar tracks, the music isn't really folk – nor is it the sort of acoustic underground music that would emerge more strongly in the 70s – and instead, it's got a real edge throughout – lots of odd tones and weird phrasings that almost preface a whole generation of guitar experimentalists like Derek Bailey or Eugene Chadbourne – yet still within a setting that's relatively tuneful overall! Basho's music has this subtle mysticism that we really love – and the solo sounds here are as evocative as the titles – which include "Mountain Man's Farewell", "Seal Of The Blue Lotus", "Sansara In Sweetness After Sandstorm", "Dravidian Sunday", and "Bardo Blues". CD

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✨✧ John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 1 – Blind Joe Death (2nd cover) ... LP
Takoma, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The seminal debut of the great John Fahey – posing here as Blind Joe Death – an acoustic guitarist whose bluesy undercurrents showcase Fahey's love of early recorded music! The style is pure Fahey throughout – those magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked strings of his guitar – echoing older blues and folk modes, but never in a way that's stereotypical – and which is already woven through with the kind of sonorities that continued to make Fahey such an important artist over the years. Think of the set as a skewed version of American history – filtered through one mind and one set of hands – and you'll be well on the way to understanding the power of this music. The set features songs penned by Fahey, and redone versions of older numbers – and tracks include "West Coast Blues", "St. Louis Blues", "I'm A Poor Boy Far Away From Home", "John Hardy", "Transcendental Waterfall", "Desperate Man Blues", "Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door", and "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s orange & purple label pressing. Cover has some splitting on spine and top seam, ring & edge wear, piece of tape on top seam, name in pen on the back, corner bend.)

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✨✧ Sir Douglas QuintetLive Texas Tornado ... LP
Takoma, 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Norman BlakeLive At McCabe's ... LP
Takoma, 1976. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A hip Takoma Records set from Norman Blake – with Blake on guitar and fiddle and Nancy Blake on cello! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring and edge wear, a cutout hole and two small stickers on the spine.)
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✨✧ Robbie BashoBouquet ... LP
Basho/Lost Lagoon, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.99
One of the most obscure albums ever recorded by the great Robbie Basho – a set originally came out only on cassette, on Basho's own label – at a time when he was even farther from the limelight than in his underground years on Takoma Records! The sound here is a further flowering of those spiritual modes that Robbie unlocked on a few key albums in the early 70s – a moment when he became as confident in his vocalizations as he was in his guitar work – and brought both together with a beautifully glowing sense of identity that's completely without reference amongst both the acoustic guitar underground, and the older folk scene. There's a sense of fragile beauty throughout the record – and titles include "The Golden Medallion", "Land Of Our Fathers", "El Cid", "Song Of Leila", "Tears Of Teresa", "Blues From Lebanon", "The Polish Rider", and "The White Swallow". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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Gordon GiltrapGordon Giltrap/Portrait ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
A pair of early albums from the great Gordon Giltrap – both released by Transatlantic Records when Gordon was a very young fellow! The self-titled Gordon Giltrap is a gem from 1968 – a record that has Gordon stepping out as a hell of a guitarist, and a very dark-tinged songwriter – certainly of the generation that was budding with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but with a distinct quality that really set Giltrap apart from the rest, maybe making him as much of an individualist as Davy Graham! Although just 18, Giltrap's acoustic guitar work is fantastic– and his vocals are much more biting than some of his contemporaries – almost mean at times. Titles include "Window Pattern", "Blythe Hill", "Won't You Stay Awhile Suzanne", "Don't You Feel Good", "Birth Of Spring", "Don't You Hear Your Mother's Voice", and "Ives Horizon". Portrait is an amazing record – at one level filled with mastery of the 12 string guitar has has Gordon Giltrap matching the best of the Takoma generation in the US – but also graced with vocals that are very distinct, very pointed, and which make the tunes with lyrics such a contrast to the instrumentals! The whole thing is fantastic – a true testament to the legend that has grown up around Giltrap over the years – with titles that include "Thoughts In The Rain", "Never Ending Solitude", "Young Love", "Lucifer's Cage", "Portrait", "Tuxedo", and "Hands Of Fate". CD

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Dennis TaylorDayspring ... LP
Dayspring/Morning Trip (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Tremendous acoustic guitar work from Dennis Taylor – an obscure player who issued this own album himself in a very small edition – but one we'd rank right up there with some of the bigger giants of the solo acoustic universe! At some level, Taylor's got a lot of Alex DeGrassi in his mode – that more deft, layered style that was emerging from the American acoustic underground at the end of the 70s – but he also has an ability to maybe step back for some of the more offbeat, introspective qualities of the generation before – not Takoma Records exactly, but clearly with an experimental ear that continues to keep things interesting throughout. A great lost classic, and one of those records that really blows you away when you remember that you're just hearing one guy, on one instrument – on titles that include "Going Nowhere Fast", "Bicycle Town", "Roses Of Thy Garden", "Spanish Dancer", "Reflection Of The Dayspring", "In The Silence", and "From The East To The West". LP, Vinyl record album

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George WinstonBallads & Blues 1972 – Piano Solos ... CD
Dancing Cat/Windham Hill, 1973. Used ... $2.99
Solo piano album – originally released on John Fahey's Takoma label. CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Ballads & Blues 1972 – Piano Solos ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Brij Bhushan KabraBrij Bhushan Kabra ... LP
Gramophone Company Of India (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brij Bhushan Kabra is handling his guitar on the cover in a very unusual way – and he gets some very unusual sounds out of the instrument too – on an incredible record that's almost a bridge between 60s Indian sitar recordings and some of the acoustic American experiments on Takoma Records! Kabra's handling of the instrument allows for all sorts of unusual inflections – sound shaping as he plucks these notes with a speed that increases greatly as the set moves on – often with the same sort of long-spun format as ragas on sitar, including some work at points on tablas next to the guitar. Titles include "Raaga Bihag", "Raaga Joygiya", and "Raaga Bhaiarvi". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leo KottkeMy Feet Are Smiling ... LP
Capitol, 1975. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic album from Leo Kottke – the kind of 70s material that really set him apart from the rest, and which really gave him a special place away from the acoustic underground of the time! Kottke started out with a album on Takoma Records that was every bit as great a guitar classic as his famous labelmates like John Fahey and Robbie Basho – but by the time of this mid 70s live date, he'd evolved to a level where his guitar playing was even more incredible than before, but also matched with slight vocalizations, and a sense of wit that always helped avoid any too-posturing modes that might have got in his way. At some level, it's almost as if Leo were developing this personality in which the rest of himself was a way of distracting from the genius of the work of his fingers on the guitar – while he was quietly using that instrument to knock you over the head with all these unusual tunings and phrasings. Titles include "June Bug", "Standing In My Shoes", "Hear The Wind Howl", "Eggtooth", and "The Fisherman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a small peeled spot from price sticker removal, and is lightly bent at the bottom right corner.)

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