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Album Review

Leo Kotke's 1995 release, Leo Live, is a welcome addition to his repertoire. Kotke has gotten past his earlier reluctance to perform vocals, and his voice here sounds comfortable and assured on tracks like "Room at the Top of the Stairs" and the talking blues "Jack Gets Up." Yet, as is characteristic of his style, it's his instrumental work on cuts like "Peg Leg," "Little Martha," and a mellow version of the old classic "Twilight Time" that show the artist in peak form. Kotke's mildly "Oddball" proclivities may come through in song titles like "I Yell at Traffic" and "Flattened Brain," yet whatever he names it, his playing is consistently top of the mark. Definitely recommended.

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Boss kottke playin 3 guitars at same time iTunes pleeeeeze release greenhouse his best album thankx

a great album

This is a great album. The banter of "Roy Autrey" followed by "Parade" is great.

One of the best....

To fully appreciate Leo Kottke you need to see him perform. Beyond his virtuoso instrumental work and his underrated vocals this album includes some of his improvised banter between songs. He tunes, tells stories and generally rambles with great self-deprecating humor. There are two examples on this album (Combat and Roy Autry). His other great live album is the very early 70s "My Feet are Smiling".


Born: September 11, 1945 in Athens, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke was born September 11, 1945, in Athens, GA. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone before trying his hand at the guitar at age 11. After developing a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt, Kottke lost much of the hearing in his left ear as a result of a mishap with a firecracker; during a later tenure in the Naval Reserve, his right ear suffered permanent...
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