Hot off the press from Delmore Recordings Society comes Peter Walker - Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? Peter Walker is an American original, as eclectic and enigmatic as the songs he writes. The legendary seventy-five year old raga/psychedelic/folk acoustic guitarist was schooled by masters such as Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. His music has been celebrated by the late Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Thurston Moore, and Greg Davis, all of whom contributed original compositions to the 2006 tribute album, A Raga For Peter Walker. In the mid-‘60s, while musical director to Timothy Leary’s LSD explorations, he recorded two LPs for Vanguard, Rainy Day Raga (1967) and Second poem to Kamela, Or Gypsies are Important(1969). Following that, he disappeared from recording for almost forty years, but never stopped practicing, learning, reaching.
Never before released, Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms?, is a lost studio session from 1970 recorded at Mercury Studios in NYC. The album would have been Peter’s classic third album had it been released, however the tapes sat in Walker’s “vaults,” a converted bread truck, for decades before being assembled by Mark Linn of Delmore Recording Society. While his previous two records are incredible collaborative efforts – the playing of Bruce Langhorne, Jeremy Steig, and John Blair as important to the final product as Peter’s – this album is pure Walker. A requiem to the 1960s, chronicling lovers on the run, anti-war movement adventures, and living off the grid in Mexico, California, Detroit, and NYC.
The beautifully crafted packaging for the CD and the limited edition vinyl version of Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms? features a twenty-page booklet with exclusive images as well as a 4300 word essay by Peter, which was condensed from forty pages he sent to Mark. While it’s not exactly clear how every wild adventure discussed in the essay relates to each song on the record, knowing that these adventures occurred helps us imagine their evolution. The notes reveal a man of mystery. A man drafted by the Kennedy’s for political espionage. A man who rubbed elbows with Karen Dalton, Sandy Bull, and John Barrymore. A man who possesses endless energy, drive and passion for the instrument he holds and the fearlessness to explore and reach for new sounds with a childlike curiosity.
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