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Leo Kottke — Vaseline Machine Gun (Original Version)
Album: 6 & 12-String Guitar
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7.6

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Released: 1969
Length: 3:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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My dad video taped me as a baby with an Akai VT-110 video tape recorder half way the 70s. I was pretty good in crawling around, but with 'Vaseline Machine Gun' as sound track, it seemed I was on steroids!
I want to blast this in my car and annoy young people
Pretty much stayed on my college turntable throughout the early 70s. And it was the first CD I ever bought. Beautiful music and I've asked for "Crow River Waltz" to be played at my funeral.
I've heard this a number of times. For some reason, I never fully appreciated until just now. Wow! 
MASTER!
Technically amazing but I don't think it is just showing off, like some comments say. I think it is musically very much in the tradition of Bayless Rose's Jamestown Exhibition, much of Elizabeth Cotten's instrumentals like Fox Chase, etc.
 Ihatethissong wrote:
Leo Kottke is a grand master guitar lord.

 
No matter how many times I see him or listen to him I am still amazed.  Ditto the above.
Leo Kottke is a grand master guitar lord.
In '73, I had a late night radio show on my college FM station.  I liked this song so much, I played it at the end of my show after signing off and when the last note faded out, I cut the power to the 10 Watt transmitter.  It was a slightly different recording, from the album "Mudlark", with bass and drums added.
For serious Kottke fans here's a link to a vintage performance from 7-30-1989.  
It was posted on YouTube on 4/19/2016 and is close to an hour and a half long.  

Kottke 7-30-1989


Hurrah !
 vanmas wrote:
WTF is he doing with his guitar?
Sounds like he only want to show off...
"Look what I can on a 12 string!"
No melody, no rythm, too much freaking around...

A solid 1 for me...

 
they said the same about Byrd, Trane, Dizz ....
greatness
 Lindo525 wrote:
So good. But damn near impossible to dance to.

 
haha yes....{#Clap}
Wowie!
So good. But damn near impossible to dance to.
SUPER Noodling.
Nice roll from Hendrix'sThe Wind Cries Mary to Leo K.  Two opposing, but excellent, guitar styles.  {#Cheers}
he has the normal number of fingers !{#Fire}...need ry cooder and david lindly to follow....
Saw him do this live many times - wonderful...

This music is soooo good for the ears...
 
Interesting how the comments are all "I remember this . . . "  Yeah, me too!  This song got played a lot on FM radio back when there was FM radio that played stuff like this.  For most people it is probably Kottke's claim to fame.  Funny thing is, though, for all its amazing finger fire power, it's not even his best work, musically.  He's just showing off here, but then again, if I could play like this, I'd show off too.
Going to have to get me a copy of this!
if anyone was curious to know if they were a good guitar player or not, this is the man to compare against.
the man is a magician with the 12 string.
WTF is he doing with his guitar?
Sounds like he only want to show off...
"Look what I can on a 12 string!"
No melody, no rythm, too much freaking around...

A solid 1 for me...
Exquisite!
His non sequitur titles are priceless.
 Deadwing wrote:
I love Kottke. Ex hubby and I saw him in Atlanta when I was about 6 months pregnant, and after the show we talked to him for a bit and he signed an old poster of him that David had "To Simon or Amelia, Have a great life- Leo Kottke". We had a Simon.  
 {#Good-vibes}

A few years later we were having a Miles or an Olivia and we had an Olivia.  {#Good-vibes}
 
Nice story.  Thanks for sharing!
I love Kottke. Ex hubby and I saw him in Atlanta when I was about 6 months pregnant, and after the show we talked to him for a bit and he signed an old poster of him that David had "To Simon or Amelia, Have a great life- Leo Kottke". We had a Simon.  
 {#Good-vibes}

A few years later we were having a Miles or an Olivia and we had an Olivia.  {#Good-vibes}
This is the bomb...faster than anything else I've heard from Leo. 
I bought my vinyl from the original Virgin shop in London, 185 miles away, after hearing John Peel play it twice in succession (and saying that he wanted to go to a desert island and learn to play like that).
For years it was unobtainable and I was mightily relieved when it came out on CD - I was scared of damaging the LP.
The best - and also my intro to the wider range of Kottke, Fahey, Basho, et al  
Wow, '69. 

First heard this in '73 and it's one of the few musical collections I have on vinyl, cassette, CD and MP3.

Interesting to hear his original technique - compare it to current playing now that he's re-taught himself to play after suffering acute tendonitis. 
Yeah, this is the one.
This song deserves more than 2 comments. 

This is outstanding, as usual for Mr Kottke.. 
Play more often, please.
 Aud wrote:
Release date is waay wrong...More like 1970
 
Yeah. 1969 indeed. Too bad it's never played (yet). Perhaps Kottke's most famous tune, in the end.

Release date is waay wrong...More like 1970