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I was fortunate enough to see Little Feat live when they were touring with the Who. Apparently the band had already disintegrated due to the profligate habits of some of the members and reformed just for this tour. They hadn't been a success in the USA but had sold well in the UK. This was shortly before the death of Lovell George and I count myself as privileged to have seen them. Sailin' Shoes,Dixie Chicken and Feats Don't Fail Me Now were among my favourite albums then and still are now, so it seemed a prudent move to back up my battered vinyl with this well priced box set. I have never been particularly keen on their first album or on the patchy Last Record Album, although "Long Distance Love" on the latter is lovely. However for me the price was well worth paying for my three favourites alone and it is pleasant to have the other two. The music of Little Feat still defies description. Rock/blues/country/jazz ? The double percussion of congas and drums, keyboards and synthesizer, tight guitar and bass overlaid by immaculate slide guitar plus vocals that harmonise brilliantly were groundbreaking at the time and are still unique. Lowell George's electric slide guitar, lyrics and vocals made this band something very special, but all the band contributed a huge amount of musical expertise. (There is some lovely Old Grey Whistle Test footage of Little Feat in action online that demonstrates this. ) One caveat, the cds are neatly packaged in replicas of the original sleeves which gave little or no information about the music. So you will have to do your own research if you want to know more, or just settle for listening to one of best bands the 1970's produced. It's still a bargain either way.
The first album here sounds not unlike ‘Captain Beefheart’ fronting ‘The Allman Brothers Band’; but a lot less pretentious and irritating, crossed with ‘The Grateful Dead’, blues and country. Most of the songs are on the short side, seven being in the 2-minute bracket or less. Altogether not a bad debut album, even though perhaps it is not the strongest record that you have ever heard. Playing time is a rather stingy 33 ½ mins.
The next in this set – ‘Sailin’ Shoes’ is in a similar vein to the first, plus it repeats ‘Willin’’ with ‘Lowell George’ now playing slide guitar instead of ‘Ry Cooder’ as on their debut. Both these records received a great reception in the US when released but didn’t make too much impact over here at the time. A more reasonable playing time of 37 ½ mins.
The third album – ‘Dixie Chicken’ has a very Cajun and soft rock feel to it. Though ‘Juliette’ sounds like a softer version of something that ‘Jethro Tull’ might have done. The album ends in an instrumental, which while pleasant enough, feels like it needs more of the spirit of ‘Santana’ in it. Playing time: 36 ½ mins
The fourth – ‘Feats Don’t Fail Me Now’ starts off with a couple of up-tempo songs before the album becomes funkier. It finishes with a couple of pretty decent tracks, the last one being a ten-minute medley. Not exactly an over generous playing time of 34 ½ mins.
The final and appropriately named ‘The Last Record Album’ in this set is again on the funky/laid-back side bordering on ‘Easy Listening’. Once more an underwhelming playing time of 34 ½ mins.
If you just want to have an idea of what the band was about then you might be better off buying ‘The Very Best of Little Feat’, especially as you can get it for a very reasonable price. This set is worth a punt at a tenner or so, if you like soft laidback rock. Despite everyone else’s eulogies this is not a set that will blow your socks off. Actually, overall this set is pretty disappointing. Definitely not for lovers of Hard Rock, Metal or even fired-up Southern Rock.
I originally bought this set when it was issued in 2010 by Rhino Record label. They specialise in re-releases, and here you get the first 5 Little Feat CD's in carboard sleeves, with the original album covers distinctive artwork. On the reverse side in most instances is the listing and running order of the tracks contained on the album. So a stripped back to basics presentation, no lyric sheets or more detailed CD booklets for each album, but for such a bargain basement price no complaints.
Little Feat were a critically lauded laid back bluesy band that were lead by the late Lowell George as the main songwriter and singer. I had read about the band, heard one or two tracks, but never bought their albums at the time of release, so this was an excellent overview of their most revered albums, a great value for money deal.
The album I return to listen to most regularly and rate most highly is Dixie Chicken, apparently with a bigger line up than previously, this was where they hit their creative stride. It was the first album self produced by Lowell, it all came nicely into focus, all the songs were good, no filler, and the vibe on this album is classy and relaxed. The word mellow springs to mind to sum this offering up. Tracks like Two Trains, ; Roll Them Easy; and Walkin All Night glide by in a relaxed funky way, the band sound in fine form, it is all good stuff. This album is the pick of the bunch for me, but with some 50 tracks in total bought for the price of one standard new CD album this gives lots of enjoyable listening You can hear how the band developed , producing an album a year from 1971 - 1975, and it an impressive catalogue of music to enjoy.
Unfortunately Lowell George got drawn into the excesses of the rock life style with drink and drugs taking their toll on his later creative output , and ultimately taking his life at an early age, so this set of albums is a fine tribute to his best recorded legacy for all to enjoy.
For some reason, goodness knows why, I missed out on Little Feat first time around. A shame really, because I did like Skynyrd and the Allmans, those other good old Southern boys. Boy, did I miss out! What a great bunch of musicians Mr George and company are as they ply the listener with quality songs and musicianship. This is Southern Rock, soul, blues and jazz all mixed up to send shivers up the spine on some tracks. I do love this Original Albums series, because although you don't get the liner notes etc. you do get the chance to check out new friends, or revisit old ones, at a great value price.
Little Feat, a much underrated band from 1969 until 1979 when Lowell George died . This item is actually a set of all their 5 albums, and my partner is thrilled with the content, the quality of sound and the price. quote from partner "Lowell George was a great slide guitar player"
There is absolutley nothing wrong with these sets. Some people are complaining about sound quality,but to me they sound fine. Sound like flat transfers of the master with no goosed eq. which means that you can crank these withuot getting a headache! Most modern remasters to me sound awful with brickwalling,smiley face eq's and no dynamic range. My advice is hit the purchase button, great way of acquiring these absolute classics with the best sound you are going to get! Most of the box sets in this series are the original pressings and this to me is a good thing. Snap them up before they sell out and horrible modern masters come out!
This band was one of favourites in the late 70s, along with Steely Dan, and their live album Waiting For Columbus is still on regular rotation on my iPod. So when I saw that five of their studio albums were available for less than £10, I had to get them. They are all just as brilliant as I remember them, with stellar songwriting and musicianship throughout. The packaging is a little on the budget, as to be expected, with each CD in a miniaturised cardboard copy of the original vinyl sleeve. But it's all about the music, and they can still be justifiably called the best band in the world.
Think I have some of these albums on cassette somewhere. The first 5 Feat albums in one box at a bargain price to remind you what a unique band Little Feat were and what a unique songwriter Lowell George was. I would give my best guitar to write just one song as good as any of the songs George wrote on any of these albums. Ought to get 5 stars not 4 now I think about it.....
Truly great US 70's band who influences include blues, country rock and jazz. Their first 5 albums include much of their best studio work. I own all these on vinyl, but this basically packaged set was a convenient and inexpensive way to get these albums in digital format.