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The Leo Kottke Anthology

Leo Kottke Is a very talented artist. I have wanted to purchase some of his albums for may years and this is the first. I am doing this review after the first listen. I am happy to have this addition to my library. You have noticed that this review was only given four stars. The first impression was not quite as good as I had hoped for it to be. It could have been my listening mood for that day but fully intend to give it time. Check it out!

Product description Don’t fret! This anthology includes guitar master Leo Kottke’s best from 14 albums for the Takoma, Capitol and Chrysalis labels.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: KOTTKE,LEOTitle: LEO KOTTKE ANTHOLOGYStreet Release Date: 05/06/1997




The Leo Kottke Anthology Review


First off, a little disclosure. I’m a professional musician. Been playing acoustic guitar for about 30 years. Along the way, I’ve found there are guitarists that are not bad, some that are great, and then there are some that are a quantum leap beyond great – in a league of their own, chop-wise. At the top of this group in acoustic players stands Leo Kottke. The guy’s a monster. I don’t know of anybody who has the technique, the expression, the tone, and the talent of Kottke. The man just flat out knows his instrument. He is emblematic of the musician that becomes one with his instrument. So, one day, I was flipping through my trust iPhone’s music collection, and I realized that it was a little light on the Kottke tunes. So I said to myself, “Brad,” (for that is my name), let’s check iTunes for a cannonical collection of Kottke’s killer tracks. ” (Yes, I often do speak in alliteration. ) Alas – iTunes was bereft of some serious Kottke collections. So I availed myself of Amazon. com’s search engine. Lo and behold, there was my dream set – a 2-CD collection of not just the best of Kottke, but the best of the best. A veritable tour de force of the man’s career. So I bought it. It did not disappoint. Flipping through the tracks, you’ll find everything you expect in a canonical collection, and a whole lot more. If you’re a Kottke fan (and if you’re not, why are you reading this review), buy this collection now. If you’re new to Kottke, this set is the best place to start, to become a member of the Leo Kottke Appreciation Society. Two thumb(pick)s up. -Read Reviews-

I just had the good fortune to see Leo Kottke live in Santa Barbara last weekend and the only fault I found was that the night was over all too soon. Intelligent, easy, dryly funny. ..the concert was uplifting and down to earth at the same time. It was also the first time I’d heard Kottke sing. ..after reading the "geese farts" comment about his voice I was hesitant to buy vocal albums. But I was not disappointed. In person, and older now than when this album was published, his voice has more of a softness and sweetness than on this recording. But the recording is still wonderful. "Pamela Brown" is wryly moving, and "Tiny Island" . .. ah well. .. I could single out just about every song for one reason or another. So true, so rich. There’s nothing like him. The only fault of the album would be that you can’t just put it in and not sit and listen. You can’t work to it. .you need to sit outside and watch the day, or put it in the car and go for a long drive. And of course, smile.

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