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A great live album from the 70's and a good jumping on point for those who want to get into the band. Little Feat recorded these tracks while touring in 1977. There is a rawness to many of these tracks which captures the excitement of Little Feat, particularly the playing of George Lowell and Paul Barrere against each other. All of the musicians are on top form here. Originally released on vinyl, the CD release includes another disc of material that they could not fit on the vinyl version. Worth buying for the live version of Fat Man in the Bathtub alone. Best tracks: Fat Man in the Bathtub; Time Loves a hero; Spanish Moon; Willin'; A Apolitical Blues; On Your Way Down; Cold,Cold, Cold and Shin It Back.
I have had this on its original double LP for the past 25 years and have only just replaced it with CD. I then lent it out to an unappreciative friend who never played it and I cursed every day of the two months that he kept it.
Such was the believability of being 'there' with every nuance, every slight pause, every space in and around every instrument, you can visualise the very stage, and each of the six band members plus The Tower of Power horn section adding the spice and vibrancy. It was the seemingly so laid back and effortless, jazz-like approach that made it so listenable. The playing didn't sound like a churned out succession of the same songs but an enjoyably fresh and unique sounding gig.
The songs individually, made less impact and so when I much later bought Little Feat's Best Of - As Times Go By, I was mortally wounded, they sounding so wooden and constricted by their studio-ness in comparison.
Dixie Chicken and Fat Man In the Bathtub have to the best of this sublime lot. The very titles themselves indicate something rather off-cuff and enjoyably unusual. The original artwork of the sunbathing tomato, too, is special and is featured in a number of glossy books on distinctive album artwork. A nicely compiled mini-booklet with lots of good photos comes with the CD, as well.
Haven't stopped playing this for two months. Hasn't dated at all. Remastering first rate. This would be a must-buy...if Rhino hadn't just gone and released all the stuff you'll need - including this remastered twin-set - in a bumper bargain box. Now I'm wishing I'd held out for that. But no matter, because that doesn't distract from the quality on offer here. A great place to start if you're new to Little Feat. And if you're not sure and you're a fan of bands like the Grateful Dead: jump right in!!
Purchased this album as an mp3 download and as a live concert it was rubbish. No thought had gone into the mix and joining up so that the concert flowed gapless. I was never content as it is a brilliant concert. This Rhino/Warner version though does it true justice and whilst made up from more than one concert it's been done to perfection as it should have been in the first place. Content and very satisfied now and play it regularly. Well done Rhino you continue to do a good job and your listings are always worth viewing.
Great music but poor recording quality-you have to turn the volume way up to get the sound. fine playing throughout but sounds like it was transferred to CD in someone's bathroom...no make that bath. Very garbled sound quality
I've just ordered the Waiting For Columbus CD listed as "Waiting For Columbus [Live, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]" from 2008. I took advantage of the AutoRip facility and have downloaded an MP3 version of the album. The MP3 version appears to be the album version released in 1978 (I've had to check this via Wiki so my info may be incorrect) and has only 17 tracks. The CD version I've ordered appears to have two CDs and 27 tracks. I'm curious as to reason for the anomaly. Is this just a glitch by Amazon, or is there some reason why the AutoRip MP3 is not the same album that I've (hopefully) ordered.
Perhaps I'll find out in a few days when the postman delivers the package. :-)
This album is quite often slated to be one of the best live albums of all time. This new re-mastered and expanded version now makes it a very strong contender! Rhino have done an amazing job here! Highly recommended!