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Waiting for Columbus

Rock album by Little Feat

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This Classic Just Got Better

  • Aug 28, 2002
Waiting For Columbus in its original format ranks as an all time great Live CD. With the addition of ten new tracks(seven which were never released), this CD soars into the stratosphere in its level of greatness.

What can I say, all the new tracks are noteworthy particularly the versions of Rock N Roll Doctor and On Your Way Down. Lowell George can sure sing the blues like no other white man. And Billy Payne's piano is just superb. The many solos of the other band members are outstanding particularly Ritchie Haywards drums on Day or Night and Gradneys Bass on Spanish Moon and A Day At The Dog Races.

Little Feat were sure ahead of their time with all their creative tones. Its a shame that this CD does not get more notoriety in more mainstream circles. Possibly because many of the songs exceed the five minute mark. However, its quality that counts here and this 2 disc set is clearly a Desert Island Disc. I sincerely would recommend this recording to almost anyone as Little Feat's musical influence touches on many forms of popular music both past and present.

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review by . November 24, 1998
posted in Music Matters
One of the best recordings by truly one of the best bands. Its a crying shame that the commercial world has not gotten sufficient exposure to Little Feat. And this live album is a real treat. The playing has many free form moments. Just listen to Day Or Night. The drum solo is just mind blowing. The rhythm shifts in Dixie Chicken are very creative as well. I could go on and on but this disc is a definite MUST!
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Few rock concert documents can match this 1978 live album for sheer musicianship, or for its full-blooded representation of one of the best live bands ever. Little Feat's turbulent '70s pilgrimage had been studded with commercial detours when its second incarnation as a swampy, blues-rock sextet clicked musically, and these English and American dates, beautifully recorded by George Massenburg, capture the band in all its rowdy, precise glory. The late Lowell George's influence had been damped down in the studio, deferring to his bandmates' writing and singing, butColumbusis dominated by his gruff, lyrical vocal presence and the mercurial tang of his indelible slide guitar. With the Tower of Power Horns aboard to inject razor-sharp horn work, this romp through the Feat songbook of southern-fried rock represents a satisfying summation of the band's best works, every bit as engaging as their studio models. This is simmering, smart music measured by an honor roll of great songs with no lapses. The only caveat--and a minor one--is the deletion of two tracks to squeeze the original two LPs onto a single CD.--Sam Sutherland
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Label: Warner Bros UK
Artist: Little Feat
Release Date: October 25, 1990

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