Greenhouse Leo Kottke

Greenhouse Leo Kottke
This is my favorite Leo Kottke album–and I own all of them. Why this gets the nod over 6- and 12-String Guitar (which is spectacular!) is that Greenhouse also features Kottke’s warm baritone vocals on four of the album’s eleven tracks. To listen to Kottke’s vocal choices, you’d think this man is the gloomiest guy on the planet. "Louise" is about the death of a prostitute. Even the song titles ("From the Cradle to the Grave" and "You Don’t Need Me") ooze pessimism. But these are lovely songs and you need to pick up one of Kottke’s several live albums to discover what a wonderful sense of humor he displays in his between-songs storytelling.And the seven instrumentals are simply amazing! the album kicks off with "Bean Time" and Kottke’s fingers fly across the fretboard. "The Song of the Swamp" features Kottke’s impeccable slide work. Kottke pays homage to John Fahey on his cover of "In Christ There Is No East or West" and "Last Steam Engine Train." Kottke says in the liner notes that "’The Spanish Entomologist’ is a medley made up of a children’s song (‘Playmate’) and my two favorite songs when I was a kid (‘Jambalaya’ and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds’)." Like the rest of the album, it is a joy to listen to. If you don’t already own any Leo Kottke, this is the place to start. ESSENTIAL

Greenhouse Leo Kottke
Greenhouse Leo Kottke
Greenhouse Leo Kottke

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