The Best

The Best

by Leo Kottke


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While it's true that Rhino's double-disc anthology has ten more tracks than this baby does, it also contains more of Kottke's substandard material. It might have better notes, but for the sheer guitar slinging power of Kottke's unique attack on six- and twelve- string guitars, this 27-cut BGO version is the best one for the money. Sonically it is superior, using later-phase master technology, and its presentation is sleeker as well. The biggest asset here is that this collection does feature some of the more well-known vocal selections closely associated with the guitarist, such as "Pamela Brown," "Power Failure," and "Eight Miles High," but there are only a handful of them tacked on to the end of Disc Two. This is a fine presentation because of that. From "Cripple Creek," "Bouree," and "Bill Cheatham," to "Bumblebee," "Bean Time," and "Monkey Lost," almost everything you'd ever want included on a best-of is here. There is one complaint, however, and that is that Kottke's greatest-ever vocal performance, a cover of Nick Lowe's "Endless Sleep," from Burnt Lips, is missing here. This is a small travesty, to be sure, but it's a travesty nonetheless.

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Best of Leo Kottke [Beat Goes On] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Is this the best of the Kottke compilations? It does have a narrower focus than Rhino's Anthology and the sound is excellent. Leo's stay at Capitol was when he made his mark - Pamela Brown even got played on FM stations at the time. However, I found the arrangement of the tracks to be a little odd (all the vocals are at the end)and that kept me from giving it a 5 star rating.Solve the problem by buying both sets since there is not that much overlap. That is what I did.