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One Guitar, No Vocals
Leo Kottke
One Guitar, No Vocals
Genres: Folk, Pop
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Leo Kottke was initially inspired by fellow southern blues and country masters such as Mississippi John Hurt, Chet Atkins, and Roy Clark. As a young artist, Leo Kottke recorded for John Fahey's legendary Takoma label--garn...  more »


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All Artists: Leo Kottke
Title: One Guitar, No Vocals
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Label: RCA Victor
Original Release Date: 6/29/1999
Release Date: 6/29/1999
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 010058217121

Leo Kottke was initially inspired by fellow southern blues and country masters such as Mississippi John Hurt, Chet Atkins, and Roy Clark. As a young artist, Leo Kottke recorded for John Fahey's legendary Takoma label--garnering sometimes unfair comparisons to that gentle giant of guitar hoo-doo. Subsequently, pickers from Ry Cooder to Jim O'Rourke have been influenced by the work of these elder brothers who laid the groundwork for the atmospheric, improvisational noodling that's sometimes called chamber-folk. Following along these lines, Kottke displays his heritage proudly on the simple yet remarkably nimble One Guitar, No Vocals. "Three Quarter North" is a bluesy, deliciously sloppy waltz interspersed with broken bits of phrasing like the easy, mumbled drawl of front-porch conversation, while the album's longest piece, "Accordian Bells," rises and falls, tinkles and plays like tiny tip-toe dancing. --Paige La Grone

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Len S. (3)
Reviewed on 9/21/2010...
In my early days of learning to play guitar, I had read about Leo Kottke in several instructional texts as an example of who to listen to in order to become a better guitar player. It took me a while, but I'm glad I finally got around to listening to him.

This is a very relaxing CD, I often listen to it while falling asleep. If you're a guitar player, you'll appreciate the technical excellence. If not, you'll still enjoy the instrumentals at face value.

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Leo kottke's guitar music is a gift to the world
Frederick Hinds | Dallas | 04/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Leo Kottke is a national treasure. He is our greatest living solo acoustic guitar virtuoso. Having said that, you'd expect his CDs to be at a very high level of brilliance. I have at least a dozen of his titles. If there is any trouble in deciding the merits of any one disc, it's because there are so many Kottke releases to choose from.

"One Guitar, No Vocals" clearly ranks as one of the best. The compositions tickle my brain, warm my heart, and put a bounce into my step. The guitar playing is dazzling. You really get a glimpse of the man behind the guitar by listening to this music - brilliant, thoughtful, odd, complex, quirky, a huge heart, and the wackiest sense of humor. It's spirited music, so thoroughly drenched in the personality of its creator that it's unmistakably and immediately recognizable as Leo.

The world is full of acoustic guitar instrumentalists these days. Some of them are quite excellent. Many are not. But there is only one Leo Kottke. And his guitar music is a gift to the world.

A very strong recommendation for this CD."
Leo rules!
Frederick Hinds | 10/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This guy is simply one of a kind - a true artist that doesnt care a bit about commercial success. Aside from his technical wizardry, Kottke is also a master song or "tune" writer. His albums are always full of energy and never dull. You'll find yourself humming a melody from one of his tunes all day long. This is a nice return to just raw guitar with no effects, overdubs, other instruments etc. I love his vocal tracks and would have liked one or two here but weve got plenty of albums with vocals. Check out his reworking of 3/4 North (originally from A Shout Towards Noon) - it will leave you speachless.
Ive seen him live 4 or 5 times now and he is actually better live than on record. His odd sense of humor, self-effacing personality and gift for telling some of the most bizarre and hilarious stories make his shows unforgettable.
Other favorite albums from Kottke:
- 6 & 12 String Guitar
- My Fathers Face
- A Shout Towards Noon
I would recommend, however, buying all..."