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Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat

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An album by Little Feat

These 83 songs go a long way toward demonstrating how Little Feat evolved their hard-to-define but infectious swamp-rock, blues, and boogie sound. The final disc in the four-discHotcakes & Outtakes, dubbed "Studio Outtakes," offers up the very first … see full wiki

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Many Great Moments If Not Comprehensive

  • Nov 19, 2002
Rating:
+4
Yes I realize that this is an 83 song Box Set. Most if not all the songs are great. However, there are plenty of gems that are not included here. Romance Dance is such a cool song and it did not make the cut. What about On Your Way Down or the Waiting For Columbus Version of Oh Atlanta. Would rather have different songs from Aint Had Enough Fun and Under The Radar than the one's chosen.

However, Little Feat has so many good songs that you really cannot go wrong here. Just listen to the multiple versions of Hi Roller, All That You Dream, and Mercenary Territory. Each version has special touches that get you to see the creativity in the band. These musicians are just brewing with talent. And classics like Dixie Chicken, Rock N Roll Doctor, Rocket In My Pocket, and Fat Man In The Bathtub will perk up any collection.

As far as the studio outtakes go, most of them are first rate. Only the horrid singing on Lightning Rod Man and the spoken word delivery of Down Below The Borderline are noticeable dissappointments. The real gem of these outtakes is Brickyard Blues. All that song needs is a stinging guitar solo and its a smash hit in any genre. Tripe Face Boogie with Bill Payne singing sounds pretty cool and the alternate version of Roll Um Easy bops along nicely with a spunky country beat.

Almost a five star recording but not quite due to the ommissions of some songs. The outtakes are quite worthy but it might be best to pick up all the original recordings plus the Live CD's before going this route. Nonetheless, the quality is still top of the line.

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Label: Rhino, Wea
Artist: Little Feat
Release Date: September 19, 2000

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