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  • Audio CD (17 Nov. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: One Way Records
  • ASIN: B000002R0I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cripple Creek
2. Eight Miles High
3. June Bug
4. The Ice Miner
5. Bumblebee
6. Stealing
7. Monkey Lust
8. Poor Boy
9. Lullaby
10. Machine #2
11. Hear The Wind Howl
12. Bourree
13. Room 8
14. Standing In My Shoes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. on 16 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of Leos early albums and dates from around 1971.As to be expected from one of the worlds truly great Acoustic guitar playes this is a must for anyone who plays or just likes to listen to great fingerstyle guitar.Some solo playing but also with Bass, Piano and Percussion on other tracks,many which have become classic Leo Kottke such as Machine No2, June Bug, Hear the Wind Howl and Eight Miles High. No one really plays guitar like Leo Kottke just listen to this cd and hear why.
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By Patricia on 17 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A great start to my collection of music by this unique artist. It arrived quickly and was of good quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
His best 15 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Intersted in Leo Kottke, but you don't know where to start? Well, if it's quirky John Fahey-like guitar instrumentals you want, try with 6 and 12 String Guitar. If you're interested in a broader, more eclectic song selection, and Kottke's unique vocal style, this is the one. It's one of my all-time favorites. His version of "Eight Miles High" is killer, maybe even better than the Byrds' (and that comes from a serious Byrds fan). A truly unique talent.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Must-Have Kottke Album 30 Jun. 2001
By Paul Kerr - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps his best overall performance--with a blink or two 18 Feb. 2007
By Mitchell Lopate - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Leo really outdoes his virtuosity here, and there's even room to smile at the few songs with vocals (exceptions allowed for taste with the guest appearance on "Monkey Lust"). Melodically, with "Stealing," this may be his best: one of the most gorgeous songs ever tried throughout Kottke's career; (although truly taken from several sources) it keeps blooming each time it's played. (Hint: on hard-to-find shows from the 70s via collectors, he burned through that on a sizzling 12-string medley that starts with "Last Steam Engine Train.")

Instrumentally, Kottke and mates (among others, a nifty job by either Paul Lagos or Kenny Buttrey on drums) have left as testimony 14 nifty tracks with variety: quick-step dancing jollity and old-fashioned appeal ("Cripple Creek"), humorous bursts of male hormonal desire ("Bumblebee" and "Standing in My Shoes"), and even some J.S. Bach ("Bouree"). Kottke's urge for the bizarre-yet-appealing gets two fine slide features with "June Bug" and even better, a retooled "Machine #2," which shows how much more a song can do with the right percussion backing.

Bukka White (and John Fahey) have their roots (and fingers) in the design of "Poor Boy," but Leo's vocals and lyrics undo whatever magic "Lullaby" is supposed to make. Leave some space for "Room 8" to justify Kottke's serious treatment, because he's back again to sing "hear the Wind Howl," which may be more appropriately called "Hear {Leo} howl."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb playing 7 Sept. 2003
By Ronald Levao - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the great enthusiasm of the others here on Kottke's wonderful playing. His recently replayed "Phishy" appearance on Mountain Stage was a delight. To answer the previous reviewer, though, the "Bourree" punched up by Ian Anderson, et al. is from Bach's Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (5th movement). For another guitar version, see Julian Bream's CD, J. S. Bach on EMI Classics, which also includes the popular Chaconne.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Five stars flyin' on this Old Glory. 8 Oct. 1999
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Format: Audio CD
Yeah, I agree with Iowa music fan (below), this one's worthy of your hard earned money, if you have a yen to discover Kottke. I first heard this album...whew, was it '71?...and certain cuts have been on the soundtrack in my mind ever since. The guitar playing is fiery, gorgeous, earthy, slashing, amazin'. His voice is totally OK too although he pokes fun at it all the time.
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