Best of Leo Kottke [Beat Goes On]

Best of Leo Kottke [Beat Goes On]

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by Leo Kottke
     
 
While it's true that Rhino's double-disc anthology has ten more tracks than this baby does, it also contains more of Kottke's substandard material. It might have better notes, but for the sheer guitar slinging power of Kottke's unique attack on six- and twelve- string guitars, this 27-cut BGO version is the best one for the money. Sonically it

Overview

While it's true that Rhino's double-disc anthology has ten more tracks than this baby does, it also contains more of Kottke's substandard material. It might have better notes, but for the sheer guitar slinging power of Kottke's unique attack on six- and twelve- string guitars, this 27-cut BGO version is the best one for the money. Sonically it is superior, using later-phase master technology, and its presentation is sleeker as well. The biggest asset here is that this collection does feature some of the more well-known vocal selections closely associated with the guitarist, such as "Pamela Brown," "Power Failure," and "Eight Miles High," but there are only a handful of them tacked on to the end of Disc Two. This is a fine presentation because of that. From "Cripple Creek," "Bouree," and "Bill Cheatham," to "Bumblebee," "Bean Time," and "Monkey Lost," almost everything you'd ever want included on a best-of is here. There is one complaint, however, and that is that Kottke's greatest-ever vocal performance, a cover of Nick Lowe's "Endless Sleep," from Burnt Lips, is missing here. This is a small travesty, to be sure, but it's a travesty nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261202772
catalogNumber:
277
Rank:
12556

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Machine, No. 2
  2. Cripple Creek
  3. Bouree
  4. When Shrimps Learn to Whistle
  5. Bill Cheatham
  6. The Song of the Swamp
  7. Last Steam Engine Train
  8. Bean Time
  9. The Spanish Entomologist
  10. Short Stories
  11. Hole in the Day
  12. Mona Roy
  13. Venezuela There You Go
  14. Monkey Lost

Disc 2

  1. Busted Bicycle
  2. June Bug
  3. Eggtooth
  4. Stealing
  5. Living in the Country
  6. Medley: Crow River Waltz/Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Jack Fig
  7. Standing in My Shoes
  8. Bumblebee
  9. Eight Miles High
  10. Tilt Billings and the Student Prince
  11. Pamela Brown
  12. Standing on the Outside
  13. Power Failure

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