Essential Folk Reissues: Robbie Basho, Dino Valente & Molly Drake (updated)

Among all the amazing latest reissues, I picked these three, that I kind of like most, all of them outstanding folk treasures.


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First is Robbie Basho´s 1978 masterpiece “Visions of the Country” out via gnomeliferecords;

Says the label and there is nothing more to add but spiritual & essential. Comes with lyric sheet insert, an extra letter from the label and an obi strip.

Update december 2013 :

There is as well a lovely packaged cd version with an 6 Page insert, including an original poem by Robbie Basho out on grass tops recording. Order it here:

Here are more infos about this release and about the restauration of this masterpiece, written by grass tops recordings´Kyle Fosburgh.

“Recorded in the height of Robbie Basho’s creative career, “Visions of the Country” was originally released in 1978, and has been out of print for nearly 35 years. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano); majestic compositions; transcendent singing and whistling; and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths that defy description or comparison.


“Visions of the Country” is most simply a depiction of the expansive American West, and an ecstatic journey into Basho’s equally expansive imagination and mystical approach to creativity… In Basho’s own words: “My philosophy is quite simple: soul first, technique later, or ‘Better to drink wine from the hands than water from a pretty cup’; of course the ultimate is wine from a pretty cup. Amen.”

“Visions of the Country” is an shining example of what artistic heights can be attained when soul and technique meet on a deep level – in our opinion it is one of the finest albums ever recorded, wine from a very beautiful and magical cup indeed.”



Second one is “Molly Drake” by Molly Dake, the mother of Nick Drake. Some tracks were released before with Nick Drake´s “Family Tree album”. Here are as the first LP release out via Squirrel Thing Reordings 19 old piano miniatures of amazing melancholy depth and beauty.

“Happiness is like a bird that only sees
when his head is in the skies”


“Squirrel Thing Recordings, the label behind the mysterious lost recordings of Connie Converse, is proud to announce the release of Molly Drake—a self-titled collection of never-before-heard songs recorded in the 1950’s at the Drake family home, and lovingly restored by Nick Drake’s engineer John Wood. According to Joe Boyd, legendary producer of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, “this is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.”

Molly Drake is a comprehensive first look at a singular and sophisticated artist, whose influence on her son’s celebrated musical style is undeniable. The CD features a custom letterpressed jacket, family photos, and a biography by her daughter, Gabrielle Drake.

Much like her son, Molly Drake’s music is at once beautiful, charming, dark and pensive. The easy elegance of her lyrics belies their deeper themes of regret, memory, dread, and the sublime, crystallized as only a poet can. Her performances are intimately staged in the family sitting room, and perfectly complemented by her own piano accompaniment.”


Cover Dino Valente TS Label

Last one but one of my deep favouries over the last weeks is “Dino Valente” out on Tompkins Square

Dino Valente or Dino Valenti, real Name Chet Powers was a member of the Band Quicksilver Messenger Service. He realeased one official solo LP under the Pseudonym Dino Valente after touring in small clubs and coffee houses in the US west coast but never had real big success athough playing with Fred Neil or Bob Sylan these Times ocasionally. But the Songs like Children of the Sun, New Wind Blowing or Tomorrow are simply timeless, poetic and maybe only compareable with Sixto Rodriguez LP´s.


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