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6- And 12-String Guitar

Album: 6- And 12-String Guitar
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Driving Of The Year Nail More Info... 1:54
2)    The Last Of The Arkansas Greyhounds More Info... 3:15
3)    Ojo More Info... 2:12
4)    Crow River Waltz More Info... 3:17
5)    The Sailor's Grave On The Prairie More Info... 2:30
6)    Vaseline Machine Gun More Info... 3:09
7)    Jack Fig More Info... 2:11
8)    Watermelon More Info... 3:07
9)    Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring More Info... 2:22
10)    The Fisherman More Info... 2:29
11)    The Tennessee Toad More Info... 2:37
12)    Busted Bicycle More Info... 2:45
13)    The Brain Of The Purple Mountain More Info... 2:08
14)    Coolidge Rising More Info... 2:47
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Solo performer: Leo Kottke (acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars).
  • Recorded in 1969. Originally released on Takoma (1024). Includes liner notes by Mark Humphrey and original release liner notes by Leo Kottke.
  • This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
  • Solo performer: Leo Kottke (acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars).
  • Recorded in 1969. Originally released on Takoma (1024).
  • With the 1969 release of 6-AND 12 STRING GUITAR, Leo Kottke established his pre-eminence as a guitar virtuoso and composer of quirky, pop-inflected pieces. Harmonically adventurous and technically dazzling, this album showcases Kottke's penchant for infusing traditional elements of folk guitar with more modern, even impressionistic harmony and tonality. Kottke inspired a revolution in acoustic guitar playing, and this record provided the opening volley.
  • "The Driving of the Year Nail" starts things off with a relentless fingerpicked chug, featuring splashes of open harmonics executed with the delicacy of a ballerina. Kottke proceeds to combine the familiar with the strange--each of these brief pieces (around three minutes and under) has the effect of being simultaneously charming, and a little twisted. For example, "Vaseline Machine Gun" starts with "Taps" played with a bottleneck slide, then morphs into a thumb-and-slide frenzy. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is the exception, given a straight and loving reading on six-string guitar. This is pure steel-string joy, with liberal doses of irony and ecstasy.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/29/70, p.46) - "...any hardships you must endure to obtain a copy are well worth the pure enjoyment this album provides..."

Down Beat (11/96, p.61) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "Masterpiece. Period...."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.106) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Combining a pent-up energy with gentle arpeggios, his sound always locates itself around a powerfully eddying undercurrent."
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