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. …And I mean "playing" in the best, widest sense. I bought this CD for the original version of "Twice", but was almost discouraged by all the critics (canned drums, hip-hop beats, etc. ..). It turns out Twice is one of the weaker tracks (much better in the vocal version on Sixty Six Steps), and that the critics are wrong! This is a great Kottke album, contemporary and playful sounding (reminds me a lot of David Lindley’s approach, yet also having a bit of the old Fahey sensibility). There is some drum programming – in fact that’s the first sounds you hear, but its easy to ignore (and focus on the guitar, and there is some "real" drumming here as well), and I don’t hear ‘hip-hop’ at all. (It starts with the strong (slide-full) title track; I love the sitar on the (Bollywood-esque) cover of "World Turning"; the bouncy, tumbling like a mountain stream "Dead End" is as good as Kottke gets; the traditional "Corina Corina" is gentle and lovely (reminds me of Chris Smither); "Realm" sounds like it could be from his collaborations with Phish bassist Mike Gordon; "Across the Street" could be an outtake from his New-Agey early 80’s Guitar Music album, and "Don’t Call Me Ray" is nothing but pure joyetc, etc, lots of variety here. The guitar is bright and prominent in the mix – a wide range of 6 and 12 string, slide and finger-picked, virtuosity. David Z did a fine job producing this (as he subsequently did with 66 Steps. …) and it should appeal to fans of that fine work of Leo and Mike Gordon’s. Check it out!
Product description Standing in My Shoes In the wake of Beck, even old-schoolers like Leo Kottke are getting hip-hop hip. On Standing in My Shoes, he teams with producer and former Prince cohort David Z for an intriguing, occasionally convincing synthesis of the guitarist’s left-field visions and drum loops that suggest exposure to Mellow Gold and Odelay. Some of this music, especially instrumentals like “Realm” and the snoozily “atmospheric” “Across the Street,” is barely a step up from tasteful background sound. Other cuts, though, such as a beat-smart rerecording of “Vaseline Machine Gun”–from his legendary first album, 6- and 12-String Guitar–and the Delta-flamenco fusion of “Dead End,” demonstrate the wisdom of the Kottke-Z pairing. The title track, another revival of an early Kottke track, also effectively mates groove and stoic soulfulness. His collaboration with Z doesn’t mark a great leap forward, but Standing is a modestly brave move. –Rickey Wright
Standing in My Shoes Review
Very hard to find; the best version I’ve found yet of the title track. -Read Reviews-
Love Leo Kottke. This is certainly one of my favorites.