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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:37 PM
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Little Feat fans: This album only sold 11,000 copies in 1971:
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 01:45 PM by Richardo

It's the very first Little Feat album and it's GREAT. :headbang: Just got it last night and listened to it about 8 times in a row. Lowell George is fresh from Zappa's band, and it features Bill Payne, Ry Cooder and yes, even the Tower of Power horn section on one song (!!)

IF you like Feat, I highly recommend this little-known CD.

Here's a review:

It sold poorly (around 11,000 copies) and the band never cut anything like it again, but Little Feat's eponymous debut isn't just one of their finest records, it's one of the great lost rock & roll albums. Even dedicated fans tend to overlook the album, largely because it's the polar opposite of the subtly intricate, funky rhythm & roll that made their reputation during the mid-'70s.

Little Feat is a raw, hard-driving, funny and affectionate celebration of American weirdness, equal parts garage rock, roadhouse blues, post-Zappa bizarreness, post-Parsons country rock and slightly bent folk storytelling. Since it's grounded in roots rock, it feels familiar enough, but the vision of chief songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Lowell George is wholly unique and slightly off-center. He sees everything with a gently surreal sense of humor that remains affectionate, whether it's on an ode to a "Truck Stop Girl," the weary trucker's anthem "Willin'," or the goofy character sketch of the crusty old salt "Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie." That affection is balanced by gutsy slices of Americana like the careening travelogue "Strawberry Flats," the darkly humorous "Hamburger Midnight" and a jaw-dropping Howlin' Wolf medley guest-starring Ry Cooder, plus keyboardist Bill Payne's terrific opener "Snakes on Everything."

The songwriting itself is remarkable enough, but the band is its equal -- they're as loose, vibrant and alive as the Stones at their best. In most respects, this album has more in common with George's earlier band the Factory than the rest of the Little Feat catalog, but there's a deftness in the writing and performance that distinguishes it from either band's work, which makes it all the more remarkable. It's a pity that more people haven't heard the record, but that just means that anyone who owns it feels like they're in on a secret only they and a handful of others know. Stephen Thomas Erlewine

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:45 PM
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1. OK. You convinced me....
Sailin' Shoes & Dixie Chicken are the classic Little Feat albums, but this one will be added to the collection.

I saw the Feat numerous times in the 70's; their later "live" album gives only a hint of their amazing shows.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:47 PM
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2. It's very spare...
...which I like. And the version of Willin' seems rushed. (I like the slower, more drawn-out version on the 'Waiting for Columbus' live album.) But I also like hearing the roots of the songs.

I think you'll like it!
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:04 PM
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3. Houston, New Years Eve 1978?
I was there.

Big ice storm that day!
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:06 PM
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4. I'm Willin'..... to give it a listen
Please send it to me :-D
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tonekat Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:13 PM
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5. Saw the original band once live
After "Waiting for Columbus" came out, at the old Academy Of Music in NYC, John Hall came on and played the encore with them (guitarist from Orleans who was a little bit of a local hero for those of us living in the Woodstock area back then).
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