Clone (Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon album)

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Studio album by Mike Gordon & Leo Kottke
Released October 8, 2002 (US)
Recorded 2002
Genre Folk, Americana, New Acoustic, American Primitive Guitar
Length 41:51
Label RCA Victor
Producer Paul DuGre
Leo Kottke chronology
One Guitar, No Vocals
(1999) One Guitar, No Vocals1999
(2002) Clone2002
The Instrumentals: The Best of the Capitol Years
(2003) The Instrumentals: The Best of the Capitol Years2003
Mike Gordon chronology
(2002) Clone2002
Inside In
(2003) Inside In2003

Clone is the first studio album from Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. It was released on October 8, 2002, and features the duo performing acoustic originals and cover songs on a variety of instruments.


The roots of the odd pairing of Kottke, an acoustic guitar legend in the midst of a 30-year career, and Gordon, the bassist from the legendary rock band Phish, began back in the late 1980s when Kottke performed live at the University of Vermont. Both Gordon and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio - students at UVM - attended the concert. Years later, Gordon sent Kottke a cassette tape of his own rearranged version of Kottke's "The Driving of the Year Nail." The duo considered collaborating in the future, and finally began working together in the midst of Phish's two-and-a-half year hiatus.


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

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Tom Semioli wrote of the album "Phish bassist Mike Gordon and acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke are a natural multi-faceted collaboration... A timeless record by two artists on an organic journey. Take the ride."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Arko" (Gordon, Kottke) – 1:23
  2. "Car Carrier Blues" (Gordon, Linitz) – 3:50
  3. "From Pizza Towers to Defeat" (Bob "Frizz" Fuller) – 3:08
  4. "Clone" (Gordon) – 4:51
  5. "The Collins Missile" (Gordon) – 4:01
  6. "Te Veo" (Kottke) – 2:33
  7. "Disco" (Kottke) – 3:10
  8. "June" (Gordon, Kottke) – 3:03
  9. "I Am a Lonesome Fugitive" (Liz Anderson, Casey Anderson) – 3:07
  10. "Clay" (Gordon, Linitz) – 3:03
  11. "Strange" (Kottke) – 1:12
  12. "Middle of the Road" (Kottke) – 2:55
  13. "Whip" (Gordon, Kottke) – 2:29
  14. "With" (Gordon, Linitz) – 2:46


  • Leo Kottke - guitar, vocals, percussion
  • Mike Gordon - bass, vocals, guitar, percussion


  1. ^ a b Semioli, Tom. "Clone > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 

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