"Light In The Attic and the legendary folk/blues/roots label Vanguard
Records are proud to begin a series of collaborations under the umbrella
Vanguard Vault. The series will explore the vaults of Vanguard and see
the reissuing of obscure nuggets, psychedelic weirdness and just some
good old-fashioned seminal music.
Originally released in 1968 on Vanguard Records, Peter Walker’s album “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important
was a ground breaking blend of folk, raga, psychedelia, Eastern and
Modal sounds that has remained unsung for decades. While his debut album
for Vanguard, Rainy Day Raga, has been reissued several times
on LP and CD, this album (his sophomore effort), remains an obscure and
hard to find vinyl relic. Until now….
Carefully re-mastered from the original tapes, guitar scholar Glenn
Jones recently interviewed Peter Walker for hours and has written a
book-deep essay forthe LP liner notes that detail Walker’s
association with an incredible cross-section of 1960’s counter-culture
icons including LSD guru Timothy Leary (Walker
personally provided ‘the soundtrack’ to many a trip), he studied raga
music with Ali Akbar Khan, and like his close friend Sandy Bull, Walker
worked on a fusion of Western and Eastern sounds. Jim Pepper plays flute
on Second Poem (he also recorded with The Fugs and Don
Cherry), other accompaniment to Walker’s guitar, Sarod and Sitar playing
includes violin, organ, tablas, and tamboura.
This is true “acid folk” as interesting, progressive, and memorable
as fellow 1960’s world travelers Robbie Basho, Davy Graham, and the
Incredible String Band." - LITA
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 March, 2014.