6 and 12 String Guitarby Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke's wide-release debut came about after he sent a cassette to John Fahey's Takoma label. Not surprisingly, it recalls Fahey's work in a number of respects: the synthesis of numerous influences from blues, pop, classical, and folk styles, the weirdly titled instrumentals, even the tongue-in-cheek liner notes. Kottke's brand of virtuosity, however, is more soothing and easy on the ear than Fahey's. It's far from sappy, though, the rich and resonant picking intimating some underlying restlessness, like peaceful open fields after a storm. Establishing much of the territory Kottke was to explore throughout his career, this release was also one of his most popular, eventually selling over 500,000 copies.
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Performance CreditsLeo Kottke Primary Artist,Guitar
Technical CreditsLeo Kottke Arranger,Composer,Annotation,Song Notes
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Mark A. Humphrey Liner Notes
Annie Elliott Cover Design,Cover Art
Mark Humphrey Liner Notes
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It is rare that such an album comes along. Each track competes against the others for the best song on the album. Yet there can be no winner. Or loser. This is a phenomenal display of talent that reaches across many genres of guitar music to ultimately dazzle even the most accomplished of guitarists. Some tracks, like Vaseline Machine Gun, are 12 string powerhouses while others such as Crow River Waltz offer a slower and more melodic tone. This album is an incredible feat considering Kottke recorded it in 3.5 hours in a warehouse.