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Very good classic Little Feat album.This almost ranks up their with the excellent "Last Record Album" and should be very much in the collection of loyal fans.The song "Rocket in my Pocket" and "Red stream Liner" are wonderful.The latter has some great harmonies going on....the outtake of the latter is also superb on their fantastic live "Waiting for Columbus".Should stand the test of time and is a hero for me!
Time Loves a Hero is the sixth studio album by Little Feat and it was released in 1977. Little Feat was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969. George disbanded the group due to creative differences in 1979, shortly before his death. Little Feat was one of my favorite American bands of the 1970s. I bought this record when it came out and it still sounds good. It reminds me of my college years. The music has a timeless quality.
Little Feat's music was a quirky combination of rock, country, blues, New Orleans, jazz fusion, R&B, and funk. On the early albums, there was a strong New Orleans/Dr. John influence. The lyrics were often surreal. “Time Loves a Hero” is a more conventional rock album and it has guitar solos. For me, the standout track is "Day at The Dog Races" which is a brilliant six-minute jazz-fusion instrumental.
The band consisted of guitarist/vocalist Lowell George, guitarist/vocalist Paul Barrere, keyboardist Bill Payne, bassist Ken Gradney, drummer Richie Hayward, and percussionist Sam Clayton. George and Barrere both came from Los Angeles and their parents had movie industry connections. Gradney and Clayton were both originally from Louisiana. Payne was from Texas and Hayward from Iowa. The band members are excellent musicians and have a long list of session credits. Elton John described Payne as one of the best keyboard players he has ever heard. The album was produced by Ted Templeman, who was an in-demand producer in the 1970s. He also produced the Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Aerosmith, Carly Simon, Tracy Chapman, and Van Halen.
The band was championed by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Page, and Mick Jagger in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the band has been overlooked by the public and they deserved to sell more records. A hit single would have helped. This album reached #8 in Britain and #34 in the U.S. Little Feat reformed in 1987 and is still going strong. This album deserves to be remastered the sound quality could be better.
With Michael McDonald (self, later Doobie Bros., early Steely Dan) on Red Streamliner, I had to buy the CD of the album I adored way back in college days. Every track is such a worthy listen. The lyrics of the title track. The building waves of jazzy, blues sound that is "Day at the Races."
Oddly cathartic, I am now closer to "Old Folks Boogie" and farther from the heat of "Rocket in My Pocket." Even in these, my in-between years, as I'm neither young nor old, these songs still reach me.
Time Loves a Hero is one of my favorite Little Feat albums, along with the live Waiting for Columbus. It has stayed in my car's player for a few weeks now.
I'm just amazed that there aren't more positive reviews here for this classic 1977 release. I've loved the title track for 32 years now, as well as the jazzy "Red Streamliner" track and most of all the percussive "Day at The Dog Races". I remember hearing that tune for the first time on WDRC-FM in Hartford, CT in August 1977 and being absolutely floored by its complexity and darkly mysterious feel. Just awesome stuff. In fact, I'm here becauseI listened to my original LP this morning and wondered if a CD of this album is still available. It is!! One of my mid-1970s faves.