Mudlark (album)

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Mudlark
Cover photo taken from the Mt. Wilson Observatory Parking Lot—southwest view above Los Angeles, January 10, 1971.
Studio album by Leo Kottke
Released 1971
Recorded Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN
Genre Folk
Length 35:28
Label Capitol (ST-682)
Producer Denny Bruce
Leo Kottke chronology
Circle Round The Sun
(1970)
Mudlark
(1971)
Greenhouse
(1972)

Mudlark is American guitarist Leo Kottke's fourth album, his first on a major label (Capitol) and his first to feature other musicians. It reached #168 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

History[edit]

Recording started in Los Angeles and later moved to Nashville. Four of the cuts were recorded in Wayne Moss's garage studio in Nashville.

It was re-issued by BGO Records (CD101) in 1990 and by One Way Records in 1995.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Jim Esch wrote of the album "A landmark early album, Mudlark increased Kottke's visibility and helped establish his reputation as a homegrown American original."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Leo Kottke except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Cripple Creek" (traditional; arranged by Leo Kottke) – 1:59
  2. "Eight Miles High" (Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby) – 3:35
  3. "June Bug" – 2:15
  4. "The Ice Miner" – 2:00
  5. "Bumblebee" – 3:40
  6. "Stealing" – 1:38
  7. "Monkey Lust" (Kottke, Fowley) – 1:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "Poor Boy" (Bukka White, John Fahey) – 2:06
  2. "Lullaby" – 3:20
  3. "Machine #2" – 3:01
  4. "Hear the Wind Howl" – 2:59
  5. "Bourée" (J. S. Bach) – 1:26
  6. "Room 8" – 2:59
  7. "Standing in My Shoes" (Leo Kottke, Denny Bruce) – 3:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Leo Kottke—6 & 12-string acoustic guitar, bottleneck National steel guitar, vocals
  • Roy Estrada—bass (on track 2)
  • Paul “Fast Foot” Lagos—drums (on tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 11)
  • Larry Taylor—bass (on tracks 3, 7, and 9)
  • Kenneth Buttrey—drums, percussion, cowbell (on tracks 1, 5, 10, and 14)
  • John Harris—piano (on tracks 1, 5, and 14)
  • Juke Box Phantom (actually Kim Fowley)—guest vocalist extraordinaire (on track 7)
  • Pat Smith—bass (on track 11)
  • Jeffrey Kaplan—piano (on tracks 8 and 11)
  • Wayne Moss—bass (on tracks 1, 5, 10, and 14)

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Denny Bruce and John Fahey
    Recorded at the Sound Factory, Hollywood, Calif.
    Engineer—Dave Hassinger
  • ★ Produced by Denny Bruce and Michael Sunday
    Recorded at Cinderella Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
    Engineer—Wayne Moss

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Esch, Jim. "Mudlark > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 

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