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Leo Kottke — Little Martha
Album: Live
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8.2

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Released: 1995
Length: 2:13
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 DrLex wrote:

You have a point, but I'm not sure if I want to listen to septic music {#Cheesygrin}
 

with the exception of A child should be a fish
just made my day{#Cool}
Love Radio Paradise. The only place where they play any Leo!!!
Sweet segue from Hold On.
Recall as the bumper or theme music for Gene Shay's folk music show in Philly many years ago. I can't listen to hours on end of Leo, but this is pretty nice, pretty much the benchmark.
 jhorton wrote:
This is fair. Like everything Kottke plays it sounds antiseptic, void of emotion. 

 
You have a point, but I'm not sure if I want to listen to septic music {#Cheesygrin}
ABB version is best.  Have Little Martha set up as my on hold music; clients comment regularly. 
Kottke said something like Little Martha was one of the most perfect songs ever written, or words to that effect... can't remember verbatim and I'm too lazy to Google it up. His version is nice, if a bit clinical... the original version, like most originals (unless Richie Havens got a hold of it, that is) is incomparable.
 Cynaera wrote:

It's Stingray. He has an advanced case of Rectal-Cranial Inversion Syndrome.  There is no cure.


 
Wow... Cynaera was such a good person and an eternally optimistic poster on these boards.  However when it came to Stingray she was forced to the dark side, but not without bringing her usual humor to the subject.  Check out her song comment posts on the loser some time. 

Here's my fave:

"You're wasting good ammo if you aim for Stingray - he's just a mouthy little bastard who loves to stir things up whenever possible. ANY attention is good attention, as far as he's concerned. Still, I can't help but wonder if he's a dwarf clown with bad teeth and a little pecker, who lives in a basement and whose only contact with the outside world is through the Internet.

Geez, I think I just scared myself..."

Live on Cynaera!
She was more popular than her half-sister "Big Martha".

gorgeous cover...  love it...
 
The original is transcendent.

This is fair. Like everything Kottke plays it sounds antiseptic, void of emotion. 
Goot Lawd! Kottke {#Music}  You be jammin!
Leo sure has a very distinct style!  I recognized it as him playing before I even looked....  {#Smile}
 Cynaera wrote:
It's Stingray. He has an advanced case of Rectal-Cranial Inversion Syndrome.  There is no cure.
 
{#Roflol}  Always loved this Allman Brothers classic. I'm not sure Kottke does anything fresh with it but it's great to hear nonetheless.
 stickers11 wrote:

Are you fucking serious?

 
It's Stingray. He has an advanced case of Rectal-Cranial Inversion Syndrome.  There is no cure.

Oh yes, RP could play at least one Kottke tune a day, I'd catch some of em.
Leo's version is far better than the original.  His music always sets me adrift ~ {#Bananajam}
My hero. And this is a beautiful song — original by Allman Brothers is fantastic too.

 JoBo wrote:
I once knew a man in the Bay Area named Tom Smith who played his music like Leo Kottke.  Whatever happened to Tom Smith?
 
"Tom Smith" sounds like an alias to me.  Are you sure he wasn't KGB, using a special electronic playback device imbedded inside his acoustic guitar to fake his perfomances?  I bet he had face-recognition cameras disguised as tuning keys, too.  He probably swayed, dipped, and pivoted his guitar to make sure he got video recordings of everyone in the audience.
One of the best versions of one of the best guitar songs ever.  Essential.
 Stingray wrote:
LOVE THIS GUITAR ARCHITECTS
with feeling and rhythm.

KOTTKE is the perfect example,
for this technical ARTISTRY!

LOVE HIM!!! and HIS (many) BUDDIES!
 
I thought I would edit this because obviously Stingray was having a bad day, and this is really what she/he meant...
 buddy wrote:

Pure genius.


 

Yeah, that cover is so good, and it is live to boot, that it blows my mind every time I hear it...  love it...




excellent...  love it...


 parrothead wrote:


I like this cover too. I'm glad you did not dig Duane up,if you did I'm sure you would let the rest of us know. {#Lol}
 

A bunch of friends and I stood at his grave and passed around a doobie...  this really is a sweet cover... 

Nice!
 Stingray wrote:
HATE THIS GUITAR ARCHITECTS
without feeling and rhythm.

KOTTKE is the perfect example,
for this technical BULLSHIT!

HATE HIM!!! and HIS (many) BUDDIES!

 
Are you fucking serious?

Little Martha's grave is about 200 yards from Duane's and Berry's.  Martha Ellis died at 12 years old, and the slab over her grave reads "OUR BABY."

Little Martha

edit:  Several unsuccesful attempts to download my photo, so I quit.  Damn, I feel old when I can't get my computer to do what I want it to.  I'm sure you can Google the image and find it on the web somewhere, though.

HATE THIS GUITAR ARCHITECTS
without feeling and rhythm.

KOTTKE is the perfect example,
for this technical BULLSHIT!

HATE HIM!!! and HIS (many) BUDDIES!

 romeotuma wrote:


I have been to Duane Allman's grave in Macon, GA...  this is an outstanding cover...

 

I like this cover too. I'm glad you did not dig Duane up,if you did I'm sure you would let the rest of us know. {#Lol}
So tasty to cover this!

 romeotuma wrote:


This is one sweet cover...  so good for the ears...
 
good cover...i like how you roll.

 gutboy wrote:

wow me and duane share the same birthday (not year)
thank 'you know who' we dont share the same, well, you know.

Any how, I like this. Did I read somewhere that Leo got disabilitating tendonitis from his use of fingerpicks and now just uses his bare fingers?

 
Wiki confirms this.

Great cover of a sweet tune.  How about some Allman Bros. next.  Blue Sky would be sweet.
I once knew a man in the Bay Area named Tom Smith who played his music like Leo Kottke.  Whatever happened to Tom Smith?




This is one sweet cover...  so good for the ears...


 tony620d wrote:
You can all thanks Duane Allman for this one.. or was it Dickey? hmmmm Help me out here guys.
 Wiki says  Duane





great cover...  love it...


Klassic Kottke .... Kool !
 elliotgoettelman wrote:


duane allman
nov. 20 1946 - oct. 29, 1971

 
wow me and duane share the same birthday (not year)
thank 'you know who' we dont share the same, well, you know.

Any how, I like this. Did I read somewhere that Leo got disabilitating tendonitis from his use of fingerpicks and now just uses his bare fingers?


sweet... love it...


 woozurbuddy wrote:
Beautiful version of one of my favorite songs covered by my favorite acoustic guitarist.
 

I have been to Duane Allman's grave in Macon, GA...  this is an outstanding cover...



 It takes a tremendous amount  of guts to cover a Duane Allman tune- props to Leo.
Not bad, but I prefer the Allman Bros' version of this, even though this one sounds more technically-challenging.

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Love it !{#Smile}

Any time you get a chance to see Leo perform live ... take it!
Great segue from Hold On! I had the volume kinda low, but it sounded seamless as far as I could tell!
It must be Little Martha week; I just heard Jerry Douglas' version on RP last night. I like this one better, though.
Hey Bill, this guy should cover your jingle too!



This is a really sweet cover...


Alpine wrote:
Does this guy have any original music?
Of course he does' foo-wool! A good friend of mine is a part time jazz musician with two albums out and he plays Kottke anytime he's bored.
He is a wonderful story teller in concert and a fine player too!
Does this guy have any original music?
acampos wrote:
The Piano in this song is fantastic!!!!!!!!! uff, who is playing the Piano? :dance:
Nice. :lol: (So many notes it might was well be piano...)
:bananajam:
KEViNYC wrote:
I think the original is a Duane Allman solo. If I remember the story correctly, he recorded this, got on his motorcycle, and had his fatal accident with a Peach truck. Hope that doesn't ruin the irrational happiness...
just for reference, it's an urban legend that Duane was killed by an actual Peach Truck...
The Piano in this song is fantastic!!!!!!!!! uff, who is playing the Piano? :dance:
Odyzzeuz wrote:
I find Kottke a tad technical and cold, honestly.
I agree although this song is better than some of his other work. Brilliant guitarist but not something I would listen to very much.
Absolutely brilliant. :biggrin:
Nice! lil Martha and Leo K.
I find Kottke a tad technical and cold, honestly.
tony620d wrote:
You can all thanks Duane Allman for this one.. or was it Dickey? hmmmm Help me out here guys.
duane allman nov. 20 1946 - oct. 29, 1971
I was lucky enuf to see Leo with Michael Hedges back in the day when he still had long hair and would light incense at the start of his shows...what a magical bit o' music...thanks guys... :sunny:
Another great Radio Paradise find. How do you guys do it? This is an awesome version of an awesome tune. That man can play the guitar!
Really nice tune and really nice guitar playing.
For me, this is a 9, Duane's original is a 10. Great job by LK as usual!
excelent version....havent heard it before
tony620d wrote:
You can all thanks Duane Allman for this one.. or was it Dickey? hmmmm Help me out here guys.
Duane!
You can all thanks Duane Allman for this one.. or was it Dickey? hmmmm Help me out here guys.
Nice version of Duane Allman's tune. See also Jerry Douglas for another take on this. Leo adds his quirkiness to it, which is a wonderful thing.
wow, didn't recognize this at first...awesome.
I have never heard this version! thanx thanx thanx!
NeilBlanchard wrote:
:sunny: I have seen Leo play live at least five times, and each and every time was the best! Not only can he play -- he is very funny, and has great stories, too. Neil
YES! I agree. You just can't fully appreciate him unless you see him live. Love him.
:sunny: I have seen Leo play live at least five times, and each and every time was the best! Not only can he play -- he is very funny, and has great stories, too. Neil
:music: :yes: :dancingbanana_2:
I like Leo K. Good stuff. Anyone listen to Shawn Persinger? "The Art of Primitive Modern Guitar" makes Kottke's guitar playing sound like Jeff Mangum's. https://www.persingermusic.com/
Gregorama wrote:
A rare example of when a cover exceeds the original. A 10.
I can't agree with you on that, but it still sounds pretty sweet. Duane and Dickie were such tight, soothing perfection on this song.
Makes me kind of wonder why I even attempt to play the guitar.....In street lingo, "Leo's got serious game"
Leo has been a Monster since I first heard his 6 and 12 string black and white LP breakout in 1972.
AsInWestminster wrote:
Possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written. While the original inspires almost irrational happiness every time I hear it, this version is pretty darn transcendent, too. Kottke makes it just different enough to make it unmistakably his own. Not that I would expect anything less from him...
I think the original is a Duane Allman solo. If I remember the story correctly, he recorded this, got on his motorcycle, and had his fatal accident with a Peach truck. Hope that doesn't ruin the irrational happiness...
nice but howabout the real thing!
Wow! The Allman Brothers version has always been a huge favorite of mine. Leo does a fine job with it here, too. Sweet.
It is not fair, no one should be this good; but, glad he is. His playing is always so tasty
too much. I can't get any work done here. My hero Curtis Eller - then Leo Kottke. I give up. I'm going home after this - of course, I might have to stay all night if Bill keeps this up!
Ah, always loved this song from when I got the original album. The boy can play.
How the hell did I give this a 9? This is a 10 if there ever was one.
YourNameHere wrote:
Hmmm... man I love Leo, but I think I'll take the original over this one. Still, he's a guitar god.
Have to agree. This is pretty wonderful, but that Allman Bros original is so perfect as to be pretty much untouchable.
Possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written. While the original inspires almost irrational happiness every time I hear it, this version is pretty darn transcendent, too. Kottke makes it just different enough to make it unmistakably his own. Not that I would expect anything less from him...
kctomato wrote:
If you like Leo Kottke check out Adrian Legg. My mouth must have dropped to the floor first time I saw him play. Like Leo, he can sound like two or three people playing at once.
My first experience with Adrian Legg was at a G3 show. He was nothing but a 'filler' act while they did set changes for the big guys. People got up and left when the little bald guy in glasses pulled his bar stool to the edge of the stage and picked up a single acoustic guitar. Nearly every person turned around, stood in awe and then ran back to their seats when Adrian started to play. He stole the show and put Satriani, Johnson & Vai to shame. The other high point of the show was Stu Hamm playing bass for Satriani. Enough rambling about other artists... Kottke kicks mucho ass. :guitarist:
Wow. just... wow.
Simply amazing! Leo Kottke is so incredibly talented, evertime I hear his music I just have to stop whatever it is that I'm doing to give him my full attention.
Hmmm... man I love Leo, but I think I'll take the original over this one. Still, he's a guitar god.
Awesome! Seems I like guitarists whose names start with K. Keaggy, Kottke, …
I like to play this song for kids because you can really respond with some interesting tempos and interps as they watch you. If you like Leo Kottke check out Adrian Legg. My mouth must have dropped to the floor first time I saw him play. Like Leo, he can sound like two or three people playing at once. I wish I had ability to upload because the songs of AL that are here are just ok.
ediTed wrote:
What a fabulous, fabulous cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How come we've never heard this before? I give it a 10
A 10 as well!
Roverfish wrote:
Funny you should say that...he's up first at the ACL Music Fest at the end of this month. Hope I don't blow out my voice on the first act. ;-) Out-freaking-standing.
FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!!! :-D
LLMikeJ wrote:
go to a show if you get a chance.
Funny you should say that...he's up first at the ACL Music Fest at the end of this month. Hope I don't blow out my voice on the first act. ;-) Out-freaking-standing.
LLMikeJ wrote:
go to a show if you get a chance.
I've seen him four times in my life. I plan on going each time he comes to town. And he does, remarkably, whenever he gets the urge.
:clap: :guitarist: :clap:
sharkartist wrote:
Damn, his guitar's got such an amazing sound. Leo is Godhead! :notworthy:
Exactly right, Sharkey, exactly right!
how in the....?
Never heard this before. Guitar playing is incredible.
Very nice version. Would love to hear Duane and Dickey do this on RP too - I heard it's the only song written by Duane that the Allmans ever played live, another case of 'what could have been.' :cry:
A rare example of when a cover exceeds the original. A 10. No one on earth plays like Kottke. So much sound from a single guitar.
Roverfish wrote:
That was so tight, I had no idea it was live until the applause at the end. Nice!
go to a show if you get a chance.
Damn, his guitar's got such an amazing sound. Leo is Godhead! :notworthy:
CastelloKid wrote:
Lacks the smack and acid touch of the ABB version.
Yes! Isn't it marvelous? ("Good god. These kids are burned out before they've even bloomed, what with their heroin chic and lysergic verve. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was the Sixties with Viet Nam all over again." --The Ghost of Richard Nixon, circa just yesterday)
That was so tight, I had no idea it was live until the applause at the end. Nice!
Play it again, Bill! Right now please!! :clap:
I heard Leo play this when I saw him in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago. Absolutely wonderful live. If you ever get to see a Leo Kottke concert you'll kick yourself for never having discovered the experience sooner. He tells hysterical, droll stories and plays everything with a different twist than you may have heard before. I never would have believed that one individual could play so many parts at the same time. Superb. Dave
What a fabulous, fabulous cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How come we've never heard this before? I give it a 10
This guy never ceases to amaze me.
Leo Kottke is one of my favorite guitar players. I think this is one fine rendition of an already perfect song.
Lacks the smack and acid touch of the ABB version.
This is one of the better tunes from the CD...and its a great CD