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Greenhouse (Leo Kottke album)

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January 1972


Release date
January 1972

Capitol Records

Sound 80

Leo Kottke

Denny Bruce

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Greenhouse (1972)
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Folk music, American Primitive Guitar, New Acoustic Music

Ice Water, My Feet Are Smiling, Mudlark, 6‑ and 12‑String Guitar, Time Step

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.


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


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."

Track listing

All songs by Leo Kottke except as noted

Side one

  1. "Bean Time" – 2:32
  2. "Tiny Island" (Al Gaylor) – 3:46
  3. "The Song of the Swamp" – 3:00
  4. "In Christ There is No East or West" (John Fahey) – 2:12
  5. "Last Steam Engine Train" (Sam McGee, John Fahey) – 3:00
  6. "From the Cradle to the Grave" (Leo Kottke, Ron Nagle) – 3:23

Side two

  1. "Louise" (Paul Siebel) – 4:02
  2. "The Spanish Entomologist" (Traditional, arr. Kottke) – 2:24
  3. "Owls" – 5:00
  4. "You Don't Have to Need Me" – 4:37
  5. "Lost John" (Traditional, arr. Kottke) – 2:15


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

    1Bean Time2:32
    2Tiny Island3:52
    3The Song of the Swamp2:58


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