A 1969 Blue Thumb, post-Takoma. ‘Arabic, Himalayan and Indian themes, Japanese and Chinese scales, classical and European folk music… on magnificent display on this sprawling, spiritually-charged album.’
His gone, meditative 1965 debut, already steeped in Eastern modalities and Indian mysticism. The opener is based on a Ravi Shankar raga; Bardo Blues is a musical rendition of the Tibetan Book Of The Dead.
Tremendous 1978 LP. 6 and 12 string guitars, piano; singing and whistling, to keep it real. ‘‘Better to drink wine from the hands than water from a pretty cup’… the ultimate is wine from a pretty cup. Amen.’
‘I went through my Japanese period, my Indian period, now this is my Persian period. I really love classical Persian music: Hindu raga, in a Persian way.’ Piano, guitar, singing: truly transcendent stuff from 1974.