Circle Round the Sun

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Circle 'Round The Sun
Studio album by Leo Kottke
Released 1970
Genre Folk, New Acoustic, American Primitive Guitar
Length 30:15
Label Symposium (SYS-2001)
Producer Skip Hotchkiss & George Hanson
Leo Kottke chronology
6- and 12-String Guitar
Circle 'Round The Sun

Circle 'Round The Sun is the third album by American guitarist Leo Kottke, released in 1970.


Eight of its eleven songs are studio re-recordings of songs from his first (live) album 12-String Blues. Although they should have been improved by being recorded in a professional studio, there is noticeable oversaturation in many of the songs, causing his vocal to break up. Kottke has often been quoted as being unhappy with the recording quality.[1] It has not been re-issued on CD and is not even listed on Kottke's official website.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Chip Renner called the album "This is a good, hard to find record."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Leo Kottke except as noted

Side one[edit]

  1. "If Momma Knew" § – 2:30
  2. "Furry Jane" § – 1:45
  3. "Sweet Louise" § – 3:04
  4. "Tell Me Mama" (Traditional) – 2:58
  5. "Long Way Up the River" – 2:18

Side two[edit]

  1. "Circle 'Round the Sun" § – 3:23
  2. "So Cold in China" § – 4:04
  3. "Easter and the Sargasso Sea" § – 3:09
  4. "The Prodigal Grave" § – 2:39
  5. "Living in the Country" § (Pete Seeger) – 1:21
  6. "Tell Me This Ain't the Blues" – 2:53

§ = previously recorded on 12-String Blues


  • Leo Kottke - 6 & 12-string guitar, vocals

Production notes[edit]

  • Engineered by Bob Schultz, Roger Wilhelmi, Skip Hotchkiss, George Hanson
  • Production: Skip Hotchkiss, George Hanson


  1. ^ Muckala, Bruce. "Out of Oblivion > Review". Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Renner, Chip. "Circle Round the Sun > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 

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