Mudlark

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All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Mudlark rates highly on many a Kottke fan's favorite list. This was Kottke's Capitol Records debut, and his solo instrumental sound is augmented with the addition of studio sidemen (bass, drums, piano). His playing is superb (no surprise there) and full of youthful vigor -- a fusion of high-speed picking, brash slide work, funky folk, acoustic rock, and melodicism. Most importantly, Mudlark marked the debut of Kottke as a singer, an indication that Capitol was trying to shoehorn him into the singer/songwriter genre. Kottke himself has made disparaging remarks about his own vocals, but they add personality to his virtuosic guitar chops. His acoustic 12-string cover of "Eight ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Mudlark rates highly on many a Kottke fan's favorite list. This was Kottke's Capitol Records debut, and his solo instrumental sound is augmented with the addition of studio sidemen (bass, drums, piano). His playing is superb (no surprise there) and full of youthful vigor -- a fusion of high-speed picking, brash slide work, funky folk, acoustic rock, and melodicism. Most importantly, Mudlark marked the debut of Kottke as a singer, an indication that Capitol was trying to shoehorn him into the singer/songwriter genre. Kottke himself has made disparaging remarks about his own vocals, but they add personality to his virtuosic guitar chops. His acoustic 12-string cover of "Eight Miles High" is particularly strong at showing off the vocal richness. On later albums, the vocals would become more mannered; here Kottke takes a more forward approach -- belting out the melodies with gusto. Kottke's sound was too raucous and unpredictable to guarantee commercial success on a major label. Stylistically, Kottke is all over the map (as usual), blending traditional folk, bluegrass, blues, singer/songwriter, and classical into his own brand of high-octane eclecticism. There's no mistaking the Leo Kottke "sound," but it's hard to label it. Versatility is paramount, from the down-home high-speed picking of "Cripple Creek" to the steely bottleneck slide work on "June Bug" to the Baroque classicism of "Bourrée" by J.S. Bach, all of it wrapped by Kottke's wry, surreal wit. A landmark early album, Mudlark increased Kottke's visibility and helped establish his reputation as a homegrown American original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1994
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261201010
  • Catalog Number: 101
  • Sales rank: 43,163

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cripple Creek (2:00)
  2. 2 Eight Miles High (3:39)
  3. 3 June Bug (2:16)
  4. 4 The Ice Miner (2:02)
  5. 5 Bumblebee (3:45)
  6. 6 Stealing (1:42)
  7. 7 Monkey Lust (1:53)
  8. 8 Poor Boy (2:10)
  9. 9 Lullaby (3:23)
  10. 10 Machine #2 (3:04)
  11. 11 Hear the Wind Howl (3:03)
  12. 12 Bourrée (1:27)
  13. 13 Room 8 (2:59)
  14. 14 Standing in My Shoes (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leo Kottke Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Kim Fowley Vocals
Larry Taylor Bass
John Fahey Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Percussion, Drums, cowbell
Roy Estrada Bass
John Harris Piano
Jeff Kaplan Piano
Paul Lagos Drums
Wayne Moss Bass
Pat Smith Bass
Technical Credits
Leo Kottke Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Dan Sullivan Composer
John Fahey Producer, Engineer
Denny Bruce Producer
David Hassinger Engineer
Wayne Moss Engineer
Michael Sunday Producer
Traditional Composer
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