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Cover-Seal of the Blue Lotus
most known Cover-Version
of Robbie's 1st Album
Cover-Rainbow Thunder
Rainbow Thunder (1981)

Seal of the Blue Lotus/1st A)-Seal of the Blue Lotus ( 6str.g, vocal),
-Mountain Man's Farewell (12str.g ),
-Dravidian Sunday (6str.g)
B)-Bardo Blues (6str.g),
-Sansara in Sweetness after Sandstorm (12str.g, voice),
-Black Lotus - Hymn to Fugen (6str.g)

  • -Contemporary Guitar (1966/Compilation) Takoma 1006
The Grail and the Blue Lotus/1st special works just for this album by;
-John Fahey, Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, Bukka White
-RB-track: The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose (6str.guitar)

The Grail and the Blue Lotus/1st A)-The Grail and the Lotus (6str.g),
-The Dharma Prince (6str.g),
-Oriental Love Song (6str.g, whistling)
B)-The Golden Shamrock (6str.g),
-Street Dakini (6str.g),
-Chung Mei - Chinese Orchid (6str.g, whistling)
rec: Feb.12,19,26,1966 KPFA

Basho Sings A)-Salangadou (6str.,vocal),
-Allons Au Ball Colinda (6str.g, vocal),
- Katari Takawaitha (6str.g, vocal),
-Basket Full of Dragons (12str.g,vocal),
-Soliloquy (6str.g, vocal),
-Tibetian Bach (6str.g, vocal)
B)Dance Calinda (6str.g, vocal),
-Basho's Blues (6str.g, vocal),
-Black Mare Moan (6str.g, vocal),
-New Lhasa New Year's Chorale (12str.g, voice)

The Falconer's Arm I A)-The Falconer's Arm (12str.guitar),
-Tassajara (Zen Shinji)(6str.guitar/Susan Graubard -flute)
B)-Lost Lagoon Suite (12str.guitar),
-Pavan Hindustan (6str.guitar), -Babs (6str.guitar)

The Falconer's Arm II A)-Variations on "Shakespeare Wallah" (6str.g, voice),
-Song of the Snowy Ranges (6str.guitar)
B)-Pasha (6str.g, vocal),
-Song of God (12str.g,voice)

Venus in Cancer A)-Venus in Cancer (6str.guitar),
-Eagle sails the Blue Diamond Waters (12str.g, voice),
-Kowaka D'Amour (6str.guitar)
B)-Song for the Queen (6str.g, vocal),
-Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis (12str.guitar),
-Wine Song -(Sweet Wine Of Love) (6str.g, vocal)

Song of the Stallion A)-Song of the Stallion (12str.g, vocal),
-A North American Raga (The Plumstar)(6str.g, vocal),
-The Lady, She is in Waiting (6str.g),
B)-Roses and Snow (6str.g, vocal),
-California Raga (6str.g, vocal),
-The Hajj (12str.g),
-Khatum (12str.g)

Venus in Cancer A)-The Voice of the Eagle (12str.g,vocal),
-Wounded Knee Soliloquy (6str.g, vocal),
-Blue Corn Serenade (6str.g, vocal)
B)-Joseph (6str.g, vocal),
-Omaha Tribal Prayer (6str.g, vocal),
-Sweet Medicine (12str.g, whistling),
-Roses and Gold (6str.g, vocal),
-Moving Up A Ways (6str.g, vocal)

Zarthus A)-Zarthus (12str.g, vocal),
-Khoda É Gul É Abe (12str.g),
-Mehera (p,vocal),
-Khalil Gibran (6str.g,vocal),
-Bride Divine (6str.g,vocal)
B) -Rhapsody in Druz (p,vocal)

(1981 on Pastels/Germany/B-ST-2026)
Visions of the Country A) -Green River Suite (6str.g,vocal),
-Rodeo (6str.g),
-Rocky Mountain Raga (12str.g, vocal/Antoinette Marcus -v),
-Variations on Easter (6str.g),
-Blue Crystal Fire (6str.g,vocal)
B) -Orphan's Lament (p,vocal),
-Leaf in the Wind (p,whistling),
-Night Way (6str.g,vocal),
-Elk Dreamer's Lament (12str.g),
-Call on the Wind (6str.g, vocal)

(1980 on Pastels/Germany/G-ST-2021)/1981 on Lost Lake Arts/LL-83)
Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12 A) -The Grail and The Lotus (6str.g),
-Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis (12str.g),
-Pasha (6str.g,voice),
-A Study for Steel String (6str.g),
-Ackerman Special (6str.g),
-Apres Midi American (6str.g)
B) -Variations on Grieg (6str.g),
-Scottish Rites (12str.g),
-Pavan India (6str.g),
-Variations on Ezumi (6str.g),
-Variations on Claire De Lune (12str.g)

Rainbow Thunder A) -Redwood Ramble (6str.g),
-Crashing Thunder (12str.g, voice),
-Moving Up A'Ways (6str., voice),
-Legend of Mount Tamalpias (6str.g,voice),
-Rainbow Thunder (6str.g,voice)
B) -The Pathfinder (6str.g, voice),
-The White Buffalo (12str.g,voice),
-Home Again (6str.g,drum,voice),
-The Long Lullaby (12str.g,voice),
-Black Hills Sololoquy (6str.g,voice)

  • -Basho's Best (Antolog.) (1982) MC/Basho -Productions
A) - Tassajara-Zen Shinji 9:45, - Lost Lagoon Suite 12:11, - Kowaka D'Amour 6:38
B) - Variations of Shakespeare Wallah 13:47, - Song of the Queen 9:30, -California Raga 9:24)

  • -Bouquet (1983) MC/Basho -Productions (*****)
bouquet cover
Basho's Cover
A) -The Golden Medallion (6str.g,voice),
-Khalil Gibran (6str.g,voice),
-The White Swallow (6str.g,voice),
-The Polish Rider (6str.g,voice),
-El Cid (6str.g,voice)
B) -Lightening Thunder (6str.g,voice),
-Land of Our Fathers (Hopi Hymn)(12str.g,voice/feat. the
Consortium of the Arts Choir, dir. by David Hogan),
-Tears of Teresa (6str.g,voice),
-Blues from Lebanon (6str.g,voice),
-The Song of Leila (6str.g,voice),
-The White Princess (p,)

  • -Twilight Peaks(1984) MC/Basho -Prod./The Art of Relaxation/Vital Body (****)
Twilight Peaks A) -Twilight Peaks (6str.g),
-Nice Enough For Love (6str.g),
-Afternoon and Evening (6str.g),
-Where Butterflies in Winter Go (6str.g)
B) -Japan Idyll (6str.g),
-Camelot II (6str.g),
-Golden Dragon (6str.g),
-Lament For The Earth (6str.g)
Basho's Twilight Flyer
Basho's Twilight Flyer

Bonn 1st Supreme (live 1980 at Kulturforum Bonn/Germany)
-Redwood Ramble (6str.g),
-Fandango (12str.g, voc),
-Variations on 'Easter' (6str.g),
-Rocky Mountain Raga (12str.g, voc),
-Cathedrals et Fleur de Lis (12str.g),
-German Chocolate Cake (6str.g, voc),
-Silky Jane (6str.g),
-The Grail and the Lotus (6str.g),
-Pavan India (6str.g),
-Variations on Claire de Lune (12str.g),
-California Raga (6str.g, voc)

(Robbie Basho Live at Palazzo Gaddi, Forli, Italy. October,11 1982)
Bonn 1st Supreme 1.Redwood Ramble 03:50(6str.g),
2.Song of the Stallion 04:23(12str.g,voc),
3.The Grail and the Lotus 09:31(6str.g),
4.Interlude 1 00:50
5.German Chocolate Cake 02:42(6str.g),
6.Interlude 2 02:51
7.Cathedral et Fleur de Lis 08:09(12str.g),
8.Pavan India 07:57(6str.g),
9.Interlude 3 02:44
10.Clair de Lune (for Twelve-String) 04:42(12str.g),
11.California Raga 08:08(6str.g,voc),


inofficial re-release:


  • 1975? - "Robbie Basho, Indian Album II" -unreleased studio recordings for Vanguard, published digitally 2007 as "Indian II" like the tapes were labeled
1. A Day in the Life of Lemmeria (p,whistling,vocal)- 6:52 (earlier v. of "Leaf in the Wind" /Visions of the Country)
2. Night Way (6str.g,vocal)- 6:16 (>> Visions of the Country)
3. The Butterfly of Wonder (12str.g,vocal)- 2:52
4. Laughing Thunder (12str.g,vocal)- 7:02 (altern.: "Crashing Thunder" on Rainbow Thunder)
5. Thunder Sun (12str.g,vocal)- 6:07
6. Kateri Takekithwa (6str.g,vocal)- 4:31
7. Thunder Love (12str.g,vocal)- 6:07
8. Song of the Great Mystery (6str.g)- 7:34
9. Death Song (6str.g,vocal)- 3:45



  • 1975 live version of "Wounded Knee", recorded Live at the United State Cafe
  • 1975 live at Amazingrace (Evanston, IL)
  • 1978 live at the Sinclair Auditorium/Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (July, 22,1978)(see Special/live)
  • 1980 live at Bonn Kultur Forum /European Tour..2008 Bonn 1st Supreme
  • 1982 live at the Stone City General Store in Stone City, Iowa (see Special/live)
  • 1982 live in Brescia/Italy 10/1/82 /European Tour
1. Song of the Stallion
2. Redwood Ramble
3. Rocky Mountain Raga
4. German Chocolate Cake
5. The Grail and the Lotus
6. Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis
7. Pavan India
8. Variations on Claire De Lune
9. The Polish Rider
  • 1982 live in Forli/Italy 10/11/82 /European Tour..2018 Live in Forli

recorded interviews with live performance:


  • 1974 "Ode to Gravity" (Charles Amirkhanian)(link see Special/live)
  • 1980 "BFBS Night flight" Interview (Alan Bangs) and performance
  • 1983 "live from Studio One" /Cedar Falls 2/7/83 (Jennifer Alt/KUNI)(see Special/live)

RB on compilations:

  • 1971 - All Day Thumb Sucker (Sampler) Blue Thumb 2000
All Day Thumb Sucker  RB-track:
Robbie Basho - Eagle Sails The Blue Diamond Waters 6:45

  • 1981 - Windham Hill Records Sampler '81 (Sampler) W.Hill CD 0193411015
-Visions of the Country later removed from catalog, the later edition of the WHill sampler missed "Elk Dreamer's Lament"
Windham Hill Records Sampler '81  RB-tracks:
-Variations on Ezumi, - Elk Dreamer's Lament

  • 1981 - The Best Of Acoustic Steel String Guitar Solos (Pastels/Germany/S-ST-2027)
Windham Hill Records Sampler '81 (Pastels Records Sampler '81)
w: William Ackerman, Alex De Grassi, Daniel Hecht, Michael Hedges
-Elk Dreamer's Lament - 4:14, -Variations On Ezumi - 4:03

  • 1982(?)- Guitar Heaven /Sampler (Happy Bird/Germany/Q 90054)
Guitar Heaven w: Alain Giroux, Michael Haumont, Jack Ada, Christian Séguret, Pierre Bensusan,
Alex De Grassi, Jea-Marie Redon, William Ackerman,

- Variations on Grieg 5:02
  • 1990 - Windham Hill -The First Ten Years (Windham Hill 0193411095)
Variations on Claire De Lune (12str.g)
  • 1999 - TAKOMA ECLECTIC SAMPLER,vol 2 (Takoma TACD-8906/Fant.Inc)
Black Mare Moan (6str.g, vocal)

  • 2006 - Imaginational Anthem: Volume Two(Tompkins Square)
- Kowaka d'amour (16str.g)
  • 2007 - American Primitive Guitar (Tompkins Square)
- Kowaka d'amour (16str.g)




Guitar Soli  
from "The Seal and the Lotus"(S) and "The Grail and the Lotus" (G):
 1 - Seal of the Blue Lotus (7:34)(S),
 2 - Mountain Man's Farewell (8:34) (S),
 3 - Dravidian Sunday (6:32),(S)
 4 - The Grail and the Lotus (6:00)(G),
 5 - The Dharma Prince (10:00)(G),
 6 - Oriental Love Song (5:56)(G),
 7 - Sansara in Sweetness After Sandstorm (6:05)(S),
 8 - Salangadou (4:12/from "Basho Sings!),
 9 - The Golden Shamrock (8:40)(G),
10 - Street Dakini (6:28)(G),
11 - Chung Mei - The Chinese Orchid (8:08)(G)
  • 2001 - The Voice of the Eagle (LP,CDVanguard/Comet Records)
(conceived by John Fahey)

Bashovia  tracks: from "Falconer's Arm I":
The Falconer's Arm - 9:51 / Tassajara - 9:46 / Lost Lagoon Suite - 12:16 /
Pavan Hindustan - 6:18
from "from Falconer's Arm II":
Song of the Snowy Ranges - 8:33
from Song of the Stallion:
A North American Raga - 11:18 / Roses and Snow - 7:42 /
California Raga - 9:11 / The Hajj - 5:12 / Khatum - 2:03
Twilight Peaks  tracks:
 Twilight Peaks - 3:40
 Nice Enough for Love - 5:51l
 Afternoon and Evening - 4:00
 Where Butterflies in Winter Go - 4:31
 Japan Idyll - 5:55
 Camelot II - 6:14
 Golden Dragon - 4:50
 Lament for the Earth - 4:03
(with original 1st cover version)
unpublished, a digitally restored/mastered track from "Bouquet" (Basho Productions, 1983)released 21 June 2013

new issues:

we are all one, in the sun Tracks:
 Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rolling Thunder Variation II
 Helena Espvall - Travessa Do Cabral
 Meg Baird - Moving Up A Ways
 Glenn Jones - 1337 Shatuck Avenue, Apartment D
 Arborea - Blue Crystal Fire
 Cian Nugent - Odour Of Plums
 Rahim AlHaj - Baghdad Athania
 Fern Night - Song For The Queen
 Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rocky Mountain Variations
The digital album of We are All One, In the Sun will include evocative bonus tracks
by Portuguese guitarist Joseba Irazoki, Israeli Yair Yona and English guitarist Cam Deas.
  • 2016 -The 2nd Robbie Basho Tribute album: -VA: Basket full of Dragons: A Tribute To Robbie Basho II | CD/DL | Obsolete Recordings
Basket full of Dragons Tracks:
 Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo - Portrait of Basho as a Young Dragon
 Tammam Saeed & April Centrone - Fog Upon the Moon
 Adele H & Buck Curran - Manifestations of the Sun
 Richard Osborn - Walk in Beauty: A Healing Way Song
 Eva Sheppard and Jesse Sheppard - Salangadou
 Paolo Laboule Novellino - Pasha
 Yair Yona - Kahlil Gibran
 Chuck Johnson - Golden Rose at Dawn
 Twelve Hides - California Raga
 Steffen Basho-Junghans - The Rediscovery of the Basho Cathedral
 Michael Gulezian and Henry Kaiser - Enigmatic Eagle
 Mike Tamburo - The Chameleon and the Crow
 Mariano Rodriguez, Jonah Schwartz, Karina Vismara - Wine Song of Love
  • 2020 - Robbie Basho - Songs Of The Great Mystery | CD/DLP | Real Gone Music
Songs Of The Great Mystery Tracks:
 A1 - A Day In The Life Of Lemuria
 A2 - Night Way
 A3 - The Butterfly Of Wonder
 B1 - Laughing Thunder, Crawling Thunder
 B2 - Thunder Sun
 C1 - Kateri Tekakwitha
 C2 - Thunder Love
 D1 - Song Of The Great Mystery
 D2 - Death Song
 D3 - A Day In The Life Of Lemuria (Alternate Take)
recorded at Vanguard Studios 1971 or'72
published digitally 2007 as "Indian II" like the tapes were labeled
  • 2020 - Robbie Basho - Selections from Song of the Avatars: The Lost Master Tapes | LP | Tompkins Square
rbasho_selections Tracks:
 A1 - If I Had Possession
 A2 - Gypsy Rosary
 A3 - Come to Me
 B1 - Golden Palomino
 B2 - American Sunday
 B3 - Bride of Thunder
 B4 - Califia
released 26 Sep 2020
  • 2020 - Robbie Basho - Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes | Tompkins Square
5 CD box, All tracks previously unreleased

Song of the Avatars Song of the Avatars+
released December 1st, 2020
Tracklist CD 1  
 1-1  -  Harakiri, Kali Style
 1-2  -  If I Had Possession,
Written-By Robert Johnson
 1-3  -  Bengali Prayer
 1-4  -  Brahman's Blues
 1-5  -  Tatanka
 1-6  -  Medieval Nocturne
 1-7  -  Autumn Child
 1-8  -  Priest Spring Jazz
 1-9  -  Hippie Song
 1-10 -  Swamp Song
 1-11 -  Rosey Bush
Tracklist CD 2  
 2-1  -  Gypsy Rosary
 2-2  -  Himalayan Highlands
 2-3  -  Rising Sun Song
 2-4  -  Song Of The Avatars
 2-5  -  Mehera My Love
 2-6  -  Mehera's Lament
 2-7  -  Hymn For The Warriors Of The Rainbow
 2-8  -  White Buffalo
 2-9  -  Walla Walla
 2-10 -  Crazy Horse Soliloquy
 2-11 -  Come To Me
Tracklist CD 3  
 3-1  -  Symphonic Quisada For The Prophet
 3-2  -  Cry Of The Nightingale
 3-3  -  Song Of God
 3-4  -  Le Jardin (Ballet)
 3-5  -  Libation
 3-6  -  House Of God
 3-7  -  Breeze In The Palace
 3-8  -  Queen's Ride
 3-9  -  Bhupali
Tracklist CD 4  
 4-1  -  Golden Palomino
 4-2  -  Memorial
 4-3  -  Great Depression Blues
 4-4  -  American Sunday
 4-5  -  Bride Of Thunder
 4-6  -  Ride The Buffalo
 4-7  -  Majnun's Lament
 4-8  -  Omar Khayyam Country
 4-9  -  Four Ladies Across The Water
 4-10 -  Tears Of Teresa
 4-11 -  Blues From Lebanon
 4-12 -  The Song Of Leila
 4-13 -  Califia
Tracklist CD 5  
 5-1  -  Tree Of Love
 5-2  -  Lady Fair
 5-3  -  Wonder Song
 5-4  -  The Fortunes Of War
 5-5  -  Hindu Christmas Carol
 5-6  -  Shepard Of The Stars
 5-7  -  Baba Boy
 5-8  -  Murshida's Wally
 5-9  -  Sea Of Light (Baba's Ship Song)
 5-10 -  Lord Of Roses

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