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I gather that this is not rated highly as a Little Feat album. But it's the only one I know, and I love it! Lowell George funks out, and the riffs are just the jazzy side of rock, with interesting little extra bars and odd time signiatures. Day at the Dog Races is still the (instrumental) highlight. The older I get the more I like Old Folks Boogie. And Missing You is a lovely poignant litle coda. Musically and lyrically it's a really rich and interesting set of tracks.
Times Love A Hero. 時代の寵児になれなかったロックバンドがリトルフィートだ。だがそれがどうした。彼らのアルバムは全て既存のロックの範疇を越える優れた内容を持つ。それ故の日本でのデジタルリマスターだ。所詮女、子供には理解できなかったということだ。ワカル奴だけ分かればいい。リトルフィートはきっとそういうバンドだ。 さてラストレコードアルバムと題されたアルバムの後にリリースされたのが、この"Time Loves A Hero"という皮肉なタイトルの作品だ。まずDay At The Dog Racesに耳を奪われる。これってピンクフロイドかプログレ、はたまたウエザーリポートというインスト曲。ビルペインがリーダーシップを取った、ローウエルジョージ不参加のこの曲を発表したいが為にこのアルバムを発表したってことが痛い程わかる。これがグループの６分の５がこの頃にやりたかったことなんだね。前作のDay Or Nightをアグレッシブに発展させた作風が潔くて好きだ。この勢いが他の収録曲にも色濃く反映されている本アルバムのメインディッシュだ。良く聴いてあげて下さい。 デキシーチキンからのファンの為には、ローウエルジョージがリードをとる"Roket In My Pocket","New Deli Freigt Train"とかがあるが、例の手癖が出てきてツーマッチ(飽き飽きした)という感じ。 リズムが新鮮な味わいを醸し出すタイトル曲やローウエルジョージの最後屁"Rockt In My Poket"やポールバレールのシャレが冴え渡る変態ソング"Old Folk Boogie"が好きで良く聴く。ローウエル以外のメンバーの心意気を感じるアグレッシブさが好きなアルバムだ。
Time Loves a Hero would be a return to form after their previous uneven release, The Last Record Album. Paul Barrere and Bill Payne would officially become the chief songwriters of the band as Lowell George's contributions would be limited to just two songs, one of which was co-written with Barrere. Their most eclectic album, Time Loves a Hero boasted a stronger track list as well as a confidence that was sorely lacking on The Last Record Album.
"Hi Roller", is next to the title track from Dixie Chicken, their best opening track. Lowell George's vocals show more conviction than anything on The Last Record Album while Kenny Gradney, Sam Clayton, and Richard Hayward lay down a sick groove. The Tower of Power horn section would make their first appearance on this track and would later play a pivotal role on their excellent live album, Waiting for Columbus. The title track, a staple of their live shows to this day, is one of their catchiest tracks, and features a great sing along chorus and a cool island feel ala Jimmy Buffett during the solo. George's "Rocket in My Pocket" is also very good, featuring some more of his distinctive slide work. "Day at the Dog Races" is not only one of Little Feat's best tracks but also one of the best documents of the fusion genre. Bill Payne and Richard Hayward are incredible on this track while Paul Barrere's slow burning solo is one of his best. At over 6 minutes, the track stays exciting throughout and never becomes indulgent. "Old Folks Boogie" is another great Barrere tune and its wordplay reminds you of something that George would have written during the Dixie Chicken era. After these tracks, the album slips a bit. The decent "Red Streamliner", with both its arrangement and guest vocals from Michael McDonald and Patrick Simmons, sounds way too much like the Doobie Brothers. "Keepin' up With the Joneses", with its cool sax solo, and the pretty acoustic ballad "Missin' You" are solid but not spectacular. "New Delhi Freight Train" is the only track that's not up to par. A step up from The Last Record Album, Time Loves a Hero would be the band's last good studio album before George's untimely death in 1979. Definitely worth checking out for the first five tracks, especially "Day at the Dog Races."
I am not going to try to describe the music, but funky, cajun influences, rock comes close. I had the album and wanted this on my MP3...and off we go. And if you like Feat the "Waiting for Columbus" live CD should rock your world...Feat never fail to get my dancing shoes ready to boogie.