Leo Kottke (album)

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Leo Kottke
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Studio album by Leo Kottke
Released 1976
Recorded Four different studios
Genre Folk, New Acoustic, American Primitive Guitar
Length 30:05
Label Chrysalis
Producer Denny Bruce
Leo Kottke chronology
1971-1976 (Did You Hear Me?)
(1976)1971-1976 (Did You Hear Me?)1976
Leo Kottke
The Best
(1978)The Best1978

Leo Kottke is the first album on the Chrysalis label by American guitarist Leo Kottke, released in 1976. It reached #107 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.


After six releases on Capitol, Kottke and his manager/producer Denny Bruce changed labels. This release of all instrumental pieces written by Kottke (with the exception of "Buckaroo") also includes orchestrations by Jack Nitzsche.

The composition "Airproofing" was significantly re-worked and released as "Airproofing II" on Kottke's A Shout Toward Noon. "Death by Reputation" was covered by John Fahey on his album John Fahey Visits Washington D.C..

It was re-issued on CD by BGO in 1996.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Chip Renner called the album "Very good guitar playing."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Leo Kottke; except where indicated

Side One[edit]

  1. "Buckaroo" (Bob Morris) – 2:05
  2. "The White Ape" – 2:13
  3. "Hayseed Suede" – 2:45
  4. "Rio Leo" – 2:58
  5. "Range" – 3:26
  6. "Airproofing" – 2:19

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Maroon" – 2:02
  2. "Waltz" – 2:25
  3. "Death by Reputation" – 4:07
  4. "Up Tempo" – 1:41
  5. "Shadowland" – 4:05


  • Leo Kottke - 6 & 12-string guitar
  • Other artists not credited

Production notes: [2]

  • Recorded by Ern Rose at Armstrong Studios, Melbourne
    Scott Rivard and Paul Martinson at Sound 80, Minneapolis
    Dave Hassinger at the Sound Factory West, Los Angeles
    Douglas Decker at Western Recording, Los Angeles
  • Re-mix: Scott Rivard, Sound 80
  • Photographic Collage by John Van Hamersveld
  • Arrangements by Jack Nitzsche
  • Produced by Denny Bruce


  1. ^ a b Renner, Chip. "Leo Kottke > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ LP Chrysalis CHR 1106

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