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Greenhouse [Import, Original recording remastered]

Leo KottkeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B0000011LH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bean Time
2. Tiny Island
3. Song Of The Swamp
4. In Christ There Is No East Or West
5. Last Steam Engine Train
6. From The Cradle To The Grave
7. Louise
8. Spanish Entomologist
9. Owls
10. You Don't Have To Need Me
11. Lost John

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CD reissue of Kottke's 1972 album, one of his most popular releases and a firm fan favorite. Greenhouse is a transitional album for Leo, who still retains hints of his mentor, John Fahey, but is also allowing his own style to inhabit much of his playing. 11 tracks. BGO.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply...This Is Kottke's Best February 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Leo Kottke album--and I own all of them. Why this gets the nod over 6- and 12-String Guitar (which is spectacular!) is that Greenhouse also features Kottke's warm baritone vocals on four of the album's eleven tracks.
To listen to Kottke's vocal choices, you'd think this man is the gloomiest guy on the planet. "Louise" is about the death of a prostitute. Even the song titles ("From the Cradle to the Grave" and "You Don't Need Me") ooze pessimism. But these are lovely songs and you need to pick up one of Kottke's several live albums to discover what a wonderful sense of humor he displays in his between-songs storytelling.
And the seven instrumentals are simply amazing! the album kicks off with "Bean Time" and Kottke's fingers fly across the fretboard. "The Song of the Swamp" features Kottke's impeccable slide work. Kottke pays homage to John Fahey on his cover of "In Christ There Is No East or West" and "Last Steam Engine Train." Kottke says in the liner notes that "'The Spanish Entomologist' is a medley made up of a children's song ('Playmate') and my two favorite songs when I was a kid ('Jambalaya' and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds')." Like the rest of the album, it is a joy to listen to. If you don't already own any Leo Kottke, this is the place to start. ESSENTIAL
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geese farts on a foggy day June 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
That's how Leo describes the sound of his own voice. I guess it's an acquired taste, but I love listening to Leo's vocal stuff as much as his ridiculously amazing fingerwork. Maybe it's because he sings so rarely, but I think it has to do with the material he writes/selects. Sensitive, simple and true. So, the reviewer might see them as a detriment, but Tiny Island and Cradle to the Grave are two of my favorite songs on this album, and the main reason I've been hunting down a CD version of it (my ancient vinyl copy is so abused it's almost unlistenable). Really a great album, 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss his sense of humor! February 17, 2002
By PBKider
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Enough said. Leo Kottke is a wonderful guitar player. I have seen him live. One person and he can sweep the whole place away! But I think that is missing his great gift. He has a great sense of humor. And he knows how to project that. There are many great guitar players and most I know evoke a seriousness and great intensity in their playing. Terrific. But what I can add here is that Leo Kottke is one guitar player that plays as he laughs. A great lift when you know his playing as this. Sure there are a lot of notes. But he is mostly all tongue in cheek. I think many may miss that in less you have seen him live. Bean Time is a good example. His first album is priceless. More than great playing, he sets a mood entirely his own. A unique person: Honest, sincere and funny as hell. If you can see him do. If not enjoy his great take on life! Green House is one of his best. Try his first also. 6 and 12 String Guitars. This guy was the first picker of this sort that broke into the main stream around 1970 (that I know of) that inspired many finger picking guitar players. I am one of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the best that there is June 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I picked up Leo Kottke in Tucson in 1972 at the airport and took him to his concert at the UofA opening for Loggins & Messina. Never head him before. I was amazed at his artistry on guitar! I've heard him live 3 more times and purchased 6 more albums. But this one is special to me. It combines his incredible 6 and 12 string fingerwork and has some great vocals, which he was reluctant to provide he told me (the label made him do it!). There's no better guitarist recording than this, trust me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leo Is King of the Jungle January 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
With all due respect, Jason Verlinde's statement above is absolutely OBSURD! This comment about Leo Kottke's recordings amounting to duds? Mr. Verlinde will lose much credibility in the guitar community if he decides to stand on that statement.
I dont think Mr. Verlinde understands who he's talking about.
For the record, Leo Kottke is considered by most acoustic guitar players as one of the top 5, if not the #1 influence on the art of fingerstyle playing and open tunings!
Kottke is a legend in every sense and has pioneered this style of music and carried it on for over 20 years!
As for the music, anything you purchase from Kottke is not going to be a "dud".
Take it from someone who owns Kottke albums, has seen him in concert and is a fingerstyle player myself.
I would reccomend, "6-12-string" & "one man, one guitar"...If you can get your hands on the very rare, "Armadillo" buy it. "Armadillo" is out of print I believe, but is the album that introduced Kottke to the world.
If this helps you to appreciate Kottke.... World Class fingerstylist, Alex de Grassi states in his autobiography that after he heard "Armadillo", he decided to become a professional, solo guitarist...
Mr. Jason Verlinde, if Kottke's good enough to inspire Alex de Grassi to pick up the guitar and become a legendary player himself, I suppose its good enough for my player.
Chief Joseph
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously talented Leo March 5, 2007
By Jazzcat
Format:Audio CD
Jee, what an artist Leo is. I owned only "6&12 strings guitar" prior to this weekend when I had the opportunity to buy this one and Ice water at a record festival in my town. I was out of money because I bought some other records from other artist but when I saw these two albums and I understood they were very near in terms of time to "6&12" I decided to search for the exit of the festival, to find a bank and to come back inside the festival to buy these two cds more because I thought "these albums are calling me they should be great". Obviously I was thinking to the UNBELIEVABLE "6&12" which is an album that I really really love. One of my desert island records for sure. What I found in this Green House are a lot of instrumentals on the same levels of the ones comprehended in "6&12" and few more songs sunged by Leo. I don't find his voice unattractive. Sure his guitar playing is so astounding that words don't seem to add something relevant, but in the end the songs are always wonderful portraits even with Leo's voice. I enjoy Leo's playing immensly so I don't want to point out a song. They're all fantastic believe me, even if Leo decides to sing. I don't care. He sings pretty well by the way, he has a deep voice that appeals to me. Simply this man has an outrageous dose of talent whatever he does. To me these three albums should be in every music enthusiast's collection because they are stellar albums (but I think Greenhouse is better than Ice Water, here we are on the "6&12 strings" level). I'm a Jazz musician and bebop lover, but as you see, I don't care for labels. When music is this good, I don't care how you want to call it. Folk, bluegrass, country or whatever. It's a delight, and this is the only thing that matters to me. I can't get tired of Leo's playing. Thank God I came back to the festival to buy these two gems. Leo is IMMENSE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Kottke - very good
Replaced a vinyl record with this CD. I always liked the album, so I decided I also needed it in CD format, since I no longer listened to records. My favorite song is Owls.
Published 1 month ago by GridUser
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Kottke
Perhaps there's some sentimentality due to the time period, but this is my favorite Leo Kottke album. I really enjoy the vocal tracks too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
A quality recording from one of the more innovative guitarists of the last 50 years. This one stands out because it not only has excellent guitar-work but also has vocal tracks... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal guitar player
And he is fun to listen to as well. He is a good story teller and decent singer to go along with his unbelievable guitar playing.
Published 8 months ago by G. Grice
4.0 out of 5 stars Not actually remastered. Reissued.
This is the 1990 disc issued in that year. It has never been touched in studio outside of that. With that being known the dynamic range is very high though the recording is quality... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crank
4.0 out of 5 stars great sounds....
Yes, I have an LP of Greenhouse....wanted the DVD for my car...really like the sounds he generates from wood & strings!!!! Amazing.
Published 12 months ago by Robert Wolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Leo Kottke
I grew up listening to Leo Kottke, and this is an excellent record. Not one of the best, but it's got some great songs, like "Lost John," "Last Steam Engine Train,"... Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars Leo Kottke: "Greenhouse"
I was told that this was his next CD after the Armadillo, but i'm not sure of this.

At any rate, it's very good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steven T. Forsyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Kottke Heads Hog Heaven
Excellent audio quality. Now I no longer have to set up my old 1970's component stereo system just to listen to my old vinyl original-release of 'Greenhouse. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Auntie Analogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Since the 70's
My brother had Greenhouse on a cassette tape. He gave it to me. It may have been the very first tape that was all mine and I didn't have to share. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Kevin Yates
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