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Although Leo Kottke has recorded with the occasional guest artist before, Clone marks the first time he has worked with a full-fledged collaborator. Phish bass player Mike Gordon certainly has the musical chops to keep up with Kottke's intricate fingerpicking, but songs like "Car Carrier Blues," in which the singer worries about being crushed by a falling auto from a car-carrying truck, or the surreal "From Pizza Towers to Defeat," which was composed by Bob "Frizz" Fuller, suggest that both musicians were drawn together as much by their slightly skewed worldview as by their musical compatibility. The instrumental tracks, which include generous helpings of Kottke's impeccable picking and Gordon's sinuous bass lines, are augmented by an assortment of peculiar instruments like the "skull flute," kitchen percussion (a polite name for banging on pots and pans), and an ancient, slightly dysfunctional guitar synthesizer called the Condor. The music sounds as if Kottke and Gordon had a great time in the studio together. The only problem with this CD is the title. The word clone implies this is a copy of something, but it's guaranteed you've never heard anything quite like this from either musician before. --Michael Simmons

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listen  1. ArkoLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Car Carrier BluesLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. From Pizza Towers To DefeatLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. CloneLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Collins MissileLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Te VeoLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. DiscoLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. JuneLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Am A Lonesome FugitiveLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. ClayLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. StrangeLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Middle Of The RoadLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. WhipLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. WithLeo Kottke;Michael Gordon 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B00006JSFX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It helps that you can hear that they are both playing on each other's tunes.
Lee smallwood
I can't warm up to Gordon's reedy voice, and wish his electric bass sounded more acoustic, the better to blend with Leo's guitar, as on 'Te Veo.'
Gibson J45
The perfect mix of Leo and Phish sounds!... This is a brillant collaboration of the two.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee smallwood on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Reviewer: Lee smallwood from St. Louis, MO USA
Mike Gordon says they wanted to keep it light -- they didn't want to make a serious album -- and they didn't. Yet Clone is destined to have a strong impact on everyone and everything within its range, the artists, their fans, and the rock music world from which it came. I'm writing this as a Kottke fan who has become a Kottke/Gordon fan who is happy to have been introduced to Phish. I've discovered quality music that I never knew existed. And I expect that's going to be true for a lot of us as a result of the Kottke/Gordon effort.
These two artists (apparently going down quite different musical paths) have found their way to a collaboration, the likes of which has never been seen before, because these guys are so unique in their approach to life and music. The result was a 'lot of fun' for them and a happy listening experience for us. The tunes are full of varied, infectious rhythms and clever lyrics, and most of all, great melodies! Yet, what keeps you smiling throughout is the sense that these musical giants are themselves smiling at having found a (playfully weird) kindred spirit with whom to make music! Leo Kottke is a national treasure, and a wonderful part of the story is that Mike Gordon, brilliant bassist of PHISH, having admired Leo's musical output AND his sense of humor for years, foresaw the possibilities and approached Leo with the idea that they might try playing together. According to them, when it finally happened, they had 'hours of bad jamming' -- but then, they 'found a lick' on which they could really groove, and they were off. With that small success, they knew they could write and play together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2002
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i've been a phish fan for several years, but i've only "discovered" leo kottke in the past few months....i was so excited when i heard about the collaboration between these two heavys, that i pre-ordered the CD before its release. i was NOT disappointed with the result. this is a very fun album, and the styles of gordon and kottke seem made for each other...if you're debating buying this record, just do it. you probably won't be disappointed either!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By applewood on December 31, 2003
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A great collaboration! I can't wait to hear more. Kottke and Gordon make a great pair, an odd couple that have obviously found kindred spirits in each other, in their quirky song selection and lucid interwoven acoustic instrumentation. I feel Kottke is better off with someone to play against, keeping the sound more varied, and what Gordon brings to the mix with his wonderful songs, singing and bass sound is equally playful and new. Perhaps when the Gods clone their creations they come out as delightful recordings like this...I'm glad I got one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Lopate on February 17, 2003
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As we all know, Leo's style just can't be pinned down--and with the help of Mike Gordon, he's found a friend with whom he can share his tilted sense of melody, rhythm, and lyrics. I admit I was dubious at first--but the more I played it, the better it became: it almost took on a life of its own. So why can't Leo's followers just accept that he's taken a different turn--or that maybe this is a comfortable way of sharing his talents? Look to his CD "Standing in My Shoes" for an idea of where he was going--this is comical, laughable, and most of all, as whacky as can be. Mike Gordon isn't trying to steal the show or turn this into a Phish-like disc; if anything, he's the perfect foil. Besides, Leo does a nice turn with his voice on "I am a Lonesome Fugitive," so kick back and enjoy these two characters at play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Bentham @ on June 20, 2005
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I've been a Kottke fan for more than thirty years. That may explain why I had never heard of Mike Gordon, until now. What a wonderful combination! Very witty lyrics, supported by fantastic musicanship, make this CD a creative masterpiece, in my view. If you want pure Kottke, this isn't the CD for you. But if your musical tastes bend toward the eclectic, you should hear this collection of slightly avante garde, but very entertaining, album of songs from two of the world's most creative and intelligent musicians.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2002
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In a world of musical crap, heres two guys doing it right and having fun. What more can be said about what Leo does with his guitar? The guy is the best. Gordon adds a new dimension. Or maybe Leo adds a new dimension. The two feed off eachother and produce a very interesting listen. A must have for Kottke / Phish fans. A must have for music fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Kibildis on October 8, 2002
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This cd is awesome. I listen to it while I do homework, chill out, and whatever else. Leo Kottke's flawless picking, combined with the vast musical talent of Mike Gordon provide for an amazing musical experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Campbell on October 11, 2002
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I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about buying this CD. Kottke is a brilliant guitarist/musician in his own right and Gordon of Phish phame is known for the stranger stuff in Phish; so I wasn't sure how these two would meld. Let me tell you that the interplay between these two is simply amazing. Gordon's bass lines interweave seamlessly with Kottke's percussive guitar stylings. All of the songs on this album are a keeper. If you're a fan of great musicianship and songwriting then go buy this album today. It hasn't left my CD player yet!
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