Leo Kottke - The Best Import, Original recording remastered
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I am just thankful that I had a friend who brought Leo Kottke to my attention. That friend received a case of scotch for doing so. Hands down my favorite artist of all time, in any category. He's the best there is, and this is him at his finest.
Now the other night he did 2 encores and I honestly believe he was as surprised by the intensity of the small crowd as he was by the antics of the bird that kept trying to fly into the bandshell and the bee that was working on the flowers right in front of him all evening.....of course he commented on all this while continuing to play.
This is an album that you play and then replay the track several times because you can't believe what you just heard.....even if 3 guys were playing you would do that much less when it's just Leo by himself. So if you want a great CD that will showcase most of the stuff Leo is famous for...this is probably your best bet.
I went to college, and the turntable back home ended up getting thrown out. I saw Kottke play live two or three times, where I somehow still couldn't believe, even with visual confirmation, that it was one guy making all that sound with one instrument.
A year or two ago, I finally ended up getting "6 & 12 string" on CD, but couldn't find this album, my old friend, anywhere. And just now, here it is!
Although 6 and 12 string is, and rightly should be, the centerpiece of the Kottke recording universe, I'm still not unhappy with the choice I made as a teenager. The main reason is disc one, where his styles are all over the map, delving into his bluegrass roots with songs like Cripple Creek and Bill Cheatham, jamming with a band on Machine #2, Short Stories, and Monkey Lust, and getting just plain wacky with the loopy hula dancing Spanish Entomologist and the brooding Whistling Shrimps.
The combination is never boring, and through it all his capricious and upbeat style, as well as his undisputed mastery of the instrument, will always leave you with a smile on your face.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the live acoustic portion, he does some of his best work. I mean, truly awesome stuff. Check out "Stealing." Unbelievable.Published 1 month ago by Dave
The pure acoustic tracks are my favorite by far but it was interesting to hear the other stylesPublished 11 months ago by Michael Herfkens
I didn't know what to expect here-there's no track listing on Amazon-so I was pleasantly surprised @ the format: two cds, acoustic/electric/live/singing. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Steven T. Forsyth
Seller sold me a record with an endless-loop skip, and when notified of this he refunded the purchase price. The rest of the record was good. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by gander
If anyone's ever gotten more from a guitar, I'm willing to give a listen. Two discs of tunes, all the best.Published on August 4, 2013 by james
Kotke is a classic in his own right. I have most of his work on LPs which I am slowly transferring to new media. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Martin G. Finney
This is a wonderful jazz guitar piece. Love the music -- fidelity is very good. Hate to admit that Kottke is a new performer for us. Worth the wait.Published on February 20, 2013 by Tinker33