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Boomkat Product Review:
Cited by Six Organs of Admittance himself Ben Chasny as being his greatest influence (more so the John Fahey or Robbie Basho!), Peter Walker maybe didn't have the lasting profile of his contemporaries but he has certainly created an impression on the few. Walker only actually released two albums - 'Rainy Day Raga' in 1967 and Second Poem to Karmela in 1969, and after this sunk into relative obscurity, yet he kept up his guitar-playing, apparently learning flamenco styles in the process and hearing the four new recordings included on this disc you'd think he'd never stopped at all. His sound is still as fresh and as vibrant as ever, and is complemented by the inclusion of six tracks from modern guitar wranglers eager to pit themselves against the master. We have the UK's great guitar prodigy James Blackshaw, laptop folk supremo Greg Davis, scene champion Jack Rose, Sonic Youth mainman Thurston Moore, Shawn David McMillen and experimental string-destroyer Steffen Basho-Junghans all contributing incredibly good tracks to the disc. Thurston Moore in particular wouldn't really be associated with this kind of psych-folk celebration, but here his electric guitar experiments have never sounded more appropriate and his is without a doubt the standout track on the compilation. Also shockingly good is James Blackshwaw's 8 minute live piece, which again shows what a virtuoso talent he has when sat on stage with his 12-string, playing it like he was born with one strapped to his hands. I can't think of a better example of this sort of music at the moment, acting as some sort of compilation as well as showing the development of one of the scene's pioneers - absolutely essential stuff.