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6 & 12-String Guitar

Leo KottkeAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 3, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000E78Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Driving of the Year Nail
2. The Last of the Arkansas Greyhounds
3. Ojo
4. Crow River Waltz
5. The Sailor's Grave on the Prairie
6. Vaseline Machine Gun
7. Jack Fig
8. Watermelon
9. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
10. The Fisherman
11. The Tennessee Toad
12. Busted Bicycle
13. The Brain of the Purple Mountain
14. Coolidge Rising

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Stunning Debut February 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
No one--and I mean no one--has produced a more stunning debut in any genre than Leo Kottke did with 6- and 12-String Guitar. And even more amazing, consider Kottke's comments from the liner notes in Anthology: "We didn't know about sequencing, so the record [6- and 12-String Guitar] is in the order it was recorded...The record took three-and-a-half hours to do, and all I had to do was sit down and play everything I ever knew." This is 36 minutes and 38 seconds of genius. I'm willing to bet that Kottke ended many a would-be guitarist's career. [How could you listen to this album and expect to compete at the same level?]
Kottke can play achingly beautiful melodies like on the original "Crow River Waltz" or Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and then turn around and dazzle you with with the speed and brilliance on tunes like "Busted Bicycle" and "Vaseline Machine Gun," (a tune he revisited on 1997's Standing in My Shoes).
While Kottke does possess a wonderful baritone voice and has worked with additional musicians, on this outing Kottke lets his guitar do all the talking--and it speaks with an authoritative voice.
This album was originally released on John Fahey's tiny Takoma label. While Kottke and Fahey are frequently mentioned in the same breath, Kottke's guitar style has always been easier on the ear. Over the last 30 years, Kottke has been responsible for some of the most innovative and beautiful solo guitar music. Here's where it all began. ESSENTIAL
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leo Kottke's Best Recording September 23, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The sounds on this magnificent album have stayed with me for many years. I've probably played it a thousand times and I never get tired of it. In my opinion, this is the best album Leo Kottke ever made, and Driving of the Year Nail is quite simply the greatest acoustic guitar instrumental ever. I'm so glad that it's the first track because once you hear it, you'll be pulled in to this album's magical universe. If you only own 1 Leo Kottke album, make it this one.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Guitar 101.. June 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
..for listeners, that is. For musicians it would be more like Advanced Guitar 490. If Robert Johnson hadn't already cornered the deal-with-the-devil legend thirty years previously, the superhuman playing on Leo Kottke's debut might well have prompted the same speculation even though there's no "Crossroad Blues" within earshot. The insane fingerpicking heard here gives the same "are you sure that's not *two* guitars?" sound as RJ while integrating some of his traditional blues, a good helping of rustic country, a lot of America's rich bluegrass tradition, and even a classical adaptation. And Leo did it all when he was 24. It boggles the mind.
In a short 37 minutes Kottke thrums, picks and twangs through a variety many others wouldn't match in two hours - slow ballads, bouncing hoedowns, and ripping fast tunes that'll leave guitarists of any skill level with their heads spinning. I don't just mean the hyper frenzy of, say, "Vaseline Machine Gun" or "Driving of the Year Nail" (although those two do blaze like he's a man possessed), but the way he plays counterpoint to himself, building different rhythms on top of each other all at the same time. That warm, easy voice we hear on other albums doesn't show up yet, but there's so much going on here that there's no room for any singing anyway. This disc is to folk/country what Kind of Blue is to jazz and what Led Zeppelin IV is to rock and roll. It's been a source of inspiration (and extreme frustration at times) for countless other guitarists for the last 32 years, and somehow the awe surrounding this record still hasn't faded. Am I exaggerating? Listen and decide for yourself. You may never listen to an unplugged guitar the same way again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to a lot of Leo Kottke over the years, both in concert and on record, and this has continued to be my favorite of all his albums. There are two reasons for this. One is that he frequently has recorded with backing musicians. The problem with this is that no session musician has anywhere near Kottke's virtuosic skill and no group of musicians provides an especially interesting setting for his music. The second reason is that Kottke has increasingly sung on albums. Now, I don't dislike Kottke's singing and I think his own description of it as resembling the sound of a goose emitting gas is more than a little harsh, and I thoroughly enjoy some of his covers, such as his wonderful rendition of Tom T. Hall's "Pamela Brown" and the Byrds' "Eight Mile High" (the latter in part homage to the second most celebrated 12-string player in the history of rock). Although he has recorded some fine albums--and even his weakest albums have some good moments--this one for me really stands out. No other recording puts his astonishing talent on display so purely. The story is that Kottke developed his style by learning to emulate the playing of Les Paul, without realizing that Paul laid down more than one guitar track. Perhaps the story is pure myth, but there no denying that Kottke frequently sounds as if he were playing two or even three guitars at once. But apart from the complexity of what he plays, there is also the amazing fact that he frequently does it on a 12-string guitar. I'm a decent finger picker (I'm not an especially good guitarist, but I'm a good finger picker and he makes me sound like I am better than I am), but when I've tried on a few occasions to attempt my rather simple picking on a 12-string, I find it nearly impossible to do so. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Joseph Bulger
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest picker alive today.
My favorite acoustic guitar picker and one of his best albums. I had the pleasure of seeing Leo once & he is phenomenal. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Terry B
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life. Kotke's guitar reached my gut and soul and never let...
I was a junior at U.C Davis when I heard a knock at my door one evening in 1972. I answered it and before me was a beautiful blonde holding a box in front of her with both arms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael L. Cahoon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the album that made me become a guitarist.
Not kidding. I found a copy of this album in my dad's study when I was little, and the rest is history. This album is solid gold from the first track to the last. Kottke is king.
Published 8 months ago by Johannes M
5.0 out of 5 stars I love 12-string
This man is amazing. I cannot make my fingers do on 6-strings what he does with 12. So I have bought most of his albums to get me going.
Published 8 months ago by S. Longenbohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for new 2011 Vinyl release
Unfortunately Amazon does not give detailed descriptions for these types of products, so I thought I'd add that the "Vinyl, 2011" format is a Quality Record Pressings... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Timm
5.0 out of 5 stars OH Yes.
Nobody plays the guitar like Leo Kottke. He is so good and this CD is tops. You won't regret this purchase.
Published 11 months ago by kfran
5.0 out of 5 stars old cd, new format
I have had this cd for years, just wanted to hear it in the sacd format. Sounds better than ever.
Published 11 months ago by Denny 033
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking
An incredible album, still sounds fresh after all these years. The SACD is great, but get any remastered copy and be amazed by the humor and dexterity.
Published 12 months ago by R. A. Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowee!
This is one of my favorite albums, ever since I had the LP in the 1970s. I'm thrilled to have it again. Thank you. Arrived in perfect condition.
Published 16 months ago by Marian Drake
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Yes, I think Leo did all of this in 1 take. I've seen him live and he can do things that are seemingly impossible on a guitar, at least in real time. He can play slide with one hand and pick with the other. I think even Hendrix would have been impressed!
Jun 14, 2012 by D. Chrischilles |  See all 3 posts
I was unable to rip tracks from this CD in Itunes. Is it copy protected? Be the first to reply
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