This was the Feat`s fourth album, and they began it in barnstorming style with arguably their greatest track - and less arguably one of the greatest rock songs of all time, the untouchable Rock and Roll Doctor. First we hear the funkily ominous guitar intro, then into Lowell George`s insinuating vocal:
"There was a woman in Georgia didn`t feel just right,
She had fever all day and chills and night..."
If this track doesn`t get you, look elsewhere - Little Feat ain`t for you.
Oh Atlanta - an even more stunning version of which can be heard on the double-CD live release Waiting For Columbus - is next, and this quintessential Feat album is under way. Another tremendous track, showcasing Lowell`s singing and unimpeachable guitar genius.
Hell, I`m not going to go through each track. If you want to hear some of the most urgent, witty, musically inventive rock music, you`ll love this. It isn`t "prog", it`s bluesy rock `n` roll by a bunch of canny guys who could, and did, blow any other band off the stage. (How I wish I`d seen them!)
Their previous three albums are rock masterpieces too (especially Sailin` Shoes) and there were three more to come before great-hearted Lowell`s tragically early death at the age of 34 in 1979.
It`s all too easy to underrate Little Feat, particularly as their main man left the stage so young, but make no mistake, they gave the world some of the rootsiest, most ornery rock-soul music you`ll ever be lucky to hear.
I loved Lowell George and I loved Little Feat. You will too.