World Standard is a long-running Japanese project run by Sôichirô Suzuki, produced by directed by YMO founder Haruomi Hosono. In 1997 Suzuki started a series of ambient acoustic albums in tribute to the American Primitive spirit on the Daisyworld label (the first, Country Gazette was licensed to Asphodel in the US, the 2nd volume, Mountain Ballad was quickly deleted in Japan and is tough to find). This is the third volume, and it is another exquisite recording. Utilizing guitar, piano, organ, pedal steel, fiddle, glockenspiel, cello, resonator guitar, banjo, euphonium, baritone horn, trumpet, hand saw, ukulele, etc. this album runs through a series of Suzuki "originals" and traditional and "unknown" songs (including Albert Ayler's "Ghosts") that is immaculate in its presentation. It says that "there's only one World Standard dedicated to John Fahey" and there's no doubt that this is The One. Inspirational.