Leo Kottke Vinyl Record Albums

Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945) is a legendary acoustic guitar virtuoso who has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans over the span of a 30-year career of recording and performing. Blending folk, jazz, and blues influences into a signature finger-picked style of syncopated, polyphonic music, Kottke's work pre-dated and predicted much of the New Age instrumental music movement while never being confined within a genre. Kottke has overcome a series of personal obstacles including partial deafness and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument. s a youth Kottke played trombone and violin before moving to the guitar and developing his own unconventional picking style. A mishap with a firecracker permanently damaged his hearing in one ear, a condition that would be exacerbated during firing practice during his service in the United States Naval Reserve .
After being discharged from the Naval Reserve, Kottke attended St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota where he was known for skipping class and instead going to the auditorium and playing his guitar for hours on end.
Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Kottke has sporadically moved in a vocal direction, singing in an unconventional yet expressive baritone famously self-described as sounding like "geese farts on a muggy day". In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career, played solo on his signature 6-and 12 string guitars. Kottke's guitars are often tuned unconventionally; early in his career he heavily utilized open tunings, while in recent years he has used more traditional voicings but often detunes his guitars as many as two full steps below standard tuning.
Kottke's most well-known album continues to be 1969's instrumental 6 and 12-String Guitar, also known as the Armadillo album after the animal pictured on its cover. Pressured in the early 1970s to be a folk singer-songwriter rather than an instrumentalist, he recorded with backing musicians on albums such as Mudlark, Ice Water and Chewing Pine. Some of this production sounds dated now, and in recent years Kottke has begun re-recording tunes he wrote and recorded in the early 1970s. 1999's One Guitar No Vocals offered a new instrumental version of 1974's "Morning Is The Long Way Home", for example, with the countermelody opened up from behind the vocal line, stripped of its original trippy lyrics.
Constant touring and recording caught up with Kottke in the early 1980s and he suffered from painful tendonitis and related nerve damage that threatened to end his career. He changed his fingerpicking style from a folk-based approach to a more classical style placing less stress on the tendons. Simultaneously Kottke moved from his relationship with major labels Capitol and Chrysalis to the smaller Private Music label and his music reflected a gradually more lyrical and less flashy style. Due to this change and the relationship with Private Music, Kottke's work during this phase was often grouped with New Age music in the Windham Hill style, though his music remained too eclectic and angular to fit into that category as well as did that of his fellow acoustic guitarist Michael Hedges.
Kottke has collaborated on his records with his mentor John Fahey, Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, Mike Gordon of Phish, and Rickie Lee Jones. He has recorded tunes by Tom T. Hall, Johnny Cash, Carla Bley, Fleetwood Mac, The Byrds, Jorma Kaukonen, Kris Kristofferson, Randall Hylton and many others.

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6 and 12 String Guitar
Leo Kottke
6 and 12 String Guitar
1969
C-1024
Takoma Record Label; Writing on back of album cover
NM-/NM-
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LP
12 String Blues/ Live at the Scholar Coffee House
Leo Kottke
12 String Blues/ Live at the Scholar Coffee House
1969
S-1
Oblivion Record Label
NM/NM-
Sold
LP
Balance
Leo Kottke
Balance
1979
CHR 1234
Chrysalis Record Label; Album corner is cut
NM-/NM-
$19.99
LP
The Best
Leo Kottke
The Best
1979
SWBC-11867
Capitol Records Label; Double record set
NM-/NM-
Sold
LP
Burnt Lips
Leo Kottke
Burnt Lips
1978
CHR-1191
Chrysalis Records Label; Cut-out (corner of album cover is cut)
NM-/NM-
$19.99
LP
Dreams And All That Stuff
Leo Kottke
Dreams And All That Stuff
1974
ST-11335
Capitol Records Label; Album cover has minor wear; Record appears new; Includes the original inner liner sleeve; Track listing: Mona Ray; When Shrimps Learn To Whistle; Twilight Property; Bill Cheatham; Vertical Trees; Medley; Constant Traveller; Why Ask Why?; Taking A Sandwich To A Feast; Hole In The Day; Mona Roy
VG+/NM-
$16.99
LP
Dreams And All That Stuff
Leo Kottke
Dreams And All That Stuff
1974
ST-11335
Capitol Records Label
VG/VG+
$9.99
LP
Greenhouse
Leo Kottke
Greenhouse
1972
ST-11000
Capitol Records Label; Album cover and record appear new; Still covered in shrink wrap (opened); Track listing: Bean Time; Tiny Island; The Song Of The Swamp; In Christ There Is No East Or West; Last Steam Engine Train; From The Cradle To The Grave; Louise; The Spanish Entomologist; Owls; You Don't Have To Need Me; Lost John
NM-/NM-
Sold
LP
Greenhouse
Leo Kottke
Greenhouse
1972
ST-11000
Capitol Records Label; Album cover and record appear new; Track listing: Bean Time; Tiny Island; The Song Of The Swamp; In Christ There Is No East Or West; Last Steam Engine Train; From The Cradle To The Grave; Louise; The Spanish Entomologist; Owls; You Don't Have To Need Me; Lost John
NM-/NM-
$24.99
LP
Greenhouse
Leo Kottke
Greenhouse
1979
SN-16065
Capitol Records Label; Album cover and record appear new; Reissue; Track listing: Bean Time; Tiny Island; The Song Of The Swamp; In Christ There Is No East Or West; Last Steam Engine Train; From The Cradle To The Grave; Louise; The Spanish Entomologist; Owls; You Don't Have To Need Me; Lost John
NM-/NM-
$12.99
LP
Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
1977
CHR 1106
Chrysalis Record Label; Album corner is cut
NM-/NM-
$12.99
LP
Mudlark
Leo Kottke
Mudlark
1979
SN-16063
Capitol Record Label; Re-issue; Track listing: Cripple Creek; June Bug; The Ice Miner; Bumblebee; Monkey Lust; Poor Boy; Machine #2; Bourée; Room 8; Standing In My Shoes
NM-/NM-
$39.99
LP
My Feet Are Smiling
Leo Kottke
My Feet Are Smiling
1973
ST-11164
Capitol Record Label; Track listing: Introduction; Hear The Wind Howl; Busted Bicycle; Easter; Louise; Blue Dot; Stealing; Living In The Country; June Bug; Standing In My Shoes; The Fisherman; Bean Time; Eggtooth; Crow River Waltz; Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring; Jack Fig
NM-/NM-
$39.99
LP
My Feet Are Smiling
Leo Kottke
My Feet Are Smiling
1973
ST-11164
Capitol Record Label; Track listing: Introduction; Hear The Wind Howl; Busted Bicycle; Easter; Louise; Blue Dot; Stealing; Living In The Country; June Bug; Standing In My Shoes; The Fisherman; Bean Time; Eggtooth; Crow River Waltz; Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring; Jack Fig
VG/VG+
$12.99

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