Greenhouse (Leo Kottke album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1972
RecordedSound 80
GenreFolk, New Acoustic, American Primitive Guitar
ProducerDenny Bruce
Leo Kottke chronology
My Feet Are Smiling

Greenhouse is American guitarist Leo Kottke's fifth album, his second on the Capitol label, released in 1972. It was recorded in three days. From the liner notes: "In the sense that my guitars were once plants, this record's a greenhouse.” There are seven instrumentals and four vocals. It reached No. 127 on the Billboard 200 chart.[1]

It was re-issued on CD by One Way Records in 1995.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [2]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Hi-Fi News & Record ReviewA:1[5]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Bruce Eder noted that the album was less ambitious that Kottke's previous release and wrote of the album "... Greenhouse is a true solo record that offers several surprises. Over a third of it is made up of vocal numbers, including two that are absolutely superb... Some of the mastering isn't quite as clean here as it is on other titles in Kottke's catalog, but otherwise this is an acceptable reissue of an album that is, perhaps, under appreciated because of its relatively high concentration of vocal numbers by the guitarist."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Leo Kottke, except where indicated.

Side one
1."Bean Time" 2:32
2."Tiny Island"Al Gaylor3:46
3."The Song of the Swamp" 3:00
4."In Christ There Is No East or West"John Fahey2:12
5."Last Steam Engine Train"Fahey, Sam McGee3:00
6."From the Cradle to the Grave"Kottke, Ron Nagle3:23
Side two
7."Louise"Paul Siebel4:02
8."The Spanish Entomologist"traditional; arranged by Kottke2:24
9."Owls" 5:00
10."You Don't Have to Need Me" 4:37
11."Lost John"traditional; arranged by Kottke2:15
Total length:35:00


  • Leo Kottke – 6- & 12-string guitar, vocals
  • Steve Gammell – second guitar on "Lost John"

Production notes[edit]

  • Producer: Denny Bruce (Takoma Productions)
  • Recorded at Sound Eighty, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Engineer: Paul "Shorty" Martinson
  • Album Design: Good Time Graphix
  • Photography & Artwork: Bill Matthews


  1. ^ "Greenhouse - Leo Kottke | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Greenhouse > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 210, 599.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ "Review: Leo Kottke — Greenhouse" (PDF). Hi-Fi News & Record Review (magazine). Vol. 34, no. 12. Croydon: Link House Magazines Ltd. December 1989. p. 147. ISSN 0142-6230. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2021. Retrieved 30 September 2021 – via World Radio History.

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