I'm listening to Little Feat

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  1. Mike Broadman

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    One of the bands I've been wanting to get into for a while is Little Feat and finally dived in.

    My first album was Dixie Chicken. I like it- the lazy, lilting New Orleans twang, easy funk. Very easy on the soul- the songs themselves aren't as memorable as just the process of listening to them. It's great music to just have on in your pad while hangin' out.

    Then I got the live Waiting For Columbus. I haven't yet listened to the bonus tracks, just up until the original album ended. It's pretty cool- some good musicians on that thing. The only song I was really familiar with is Willin' because it's been covered so much. I like the live version here, where the verses are spoken and the group singing on the chorus. The track Dixie Chicken, extended here, is more exciting than the studio version.

    Now I'm on my second listen to their very first album. Very different, quirky character. I don't really like this acoustic version of Willin'. The first few cuts are all really nice, though.

    All in all a nice, Dr John feeling.
     
  2. ScottCHI

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    one of the best bands ever.

    check out lowell's "thanks, i'll eat it here".
     
  3. Doug_B

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    Mike,

    I've been a Feat fan for a long time, turned on in my college days. haven't listened to them much in recent years, but you didn't go wrong with Waiting for Columbus. The section starting with Time Loves a Hero and ending with Spanish Moon is an A+ experience, IMO.

    Not sure what else to recommend at this time, as WFC has a good slice of their definitive stuff (and I tend to like these live versions better). I'm not a big Dixie Chicken fan, FWIW. I tend to think that the album Sailing Shoes is generally underappreciated. I listened to it a lot in the past (esp in my vinyl years), but the CD I have is poor quality that shows up on my recent system (worse than the other Feat CDs). Amazon lists the 70's CDs with a 1990 pressing, but I don't recall if there was a previous pressing for any of them (probably not, but I'll look tonight).

    Have fun.

    Doug
     
  4. ScottCHI

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    i have 'em all. the recordings ARE a little flat. the waiting for columbus remaster sounds great, though. (rock-n-roll dr., in the bonus tracks, is an awesome inclusion.) their studio albums pale in comparison to the live stuff, anyway. the live performance, just as it was for the grateful dead, was what feat was ALL about.
     
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    I think WFC is their best album as well. The latest remaster seems to unshuffle the live track to their original order.

    I do have the vinyl Nautilus pressing of Time Loves A Hero and it is their best studio transfer I've ever heard. Generally, their studio pressings are a little flat.
     
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    Mike, if you like I'M WILLIN', try Seatrain's cover with Richard Greene on E-lectric fiddle. Accept no phony substitutes!
     
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    well since this is a dvd forum I guess it wouldn't hurt to mention the following

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    Bill Payne -- keyboards, vocals (1969-present)
    Paul Barrere – guitar, vocals (1972-present)
    Shaun Murphy – vocals, percussion (1993-present)
    Sam Clayton – percussion, vocals (1972-present)
    Kenny Gradney – bass, vocals (1972-present)
    Richie Hayward – drums, vocals (1969-present)
    Fred Tackett – guitar, mandolin, trumpet, vocals (1988-present)

    TRACK LISTING:
    Time Loves A Hero
    Day Or Night
    Cadillac Hotel
    Spanish Moon
    Skin It Back
    Voices On The Wind
    Cajun Girl
    Night On The Town
    I'd Be Lyin
    The Blues Don’t Tell It All
    Old Folks Boogie
    Oh Atlanta
    Dixie Chicken
    Tripe Face Boogie
    Fatman In The Bathtub
    Let It Roll
    Willin
    Feets Don’t Fail Me Now
    Time Loves A Hero (redo)

    Bonus Features:
    Photo Gallery
    Discography
    2 live tracks from Montreux
    Documentary: "Little Feat Close Up In St. Louis"
     
  8. Mike Broadman

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    So they're still around? Or they reunited.


    I'm listening to Columbus again and you folks are way right, the live is definitely much better than the studio. The fuller arrangements and the bigger instrumentation fit the music much better.
     
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    INHD'S been showing the highwire act video in HD the last few weeks btw[but no 5.1]
     
  10. Paul.S

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    Bump.

    Mike they reunited with 1988's Let It Roll. (As is typical for any project on which George Massenburg engineered, the SQ will knock your socks off.)

    Just got the WFC re-release and am still getting into it.

    Can anyone comment on the Hotcakes and Outtakes LF box set?
     
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    Big LF fan here too. But I also feel WFC is their best album, so it may be downhill from there for you.

    I was supposed to see them amonth or so ago but a storm hit and knocked out all the power for one block in each direction of the hall. I was travelling on the rescheduled date. Oh well


    Give them a few more listens. A lot of the lyrics are double entendres, which ratchets the memorability a notch. "Fat man, in the bathtub, with the blues ..." Love it!
     

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