This is an album you'll treasure for thirty years -- I know I have. I agree with Kottke that his vocals are, well, regrettable. But mainly because they obscure his guiar playing on the non-instrumental tracks. The liner notes are another attraction. Ice Miner may be the most beautiful guitar solo you'll ever hear. Cripple Creek is dazzling. In many of his later albums he could no longer play in quite the same way because of the pain in his hands (his style is explosive, and over time wore out his fingers' strength). Mudlark is the best Kottke album, ever.