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Though they had all the trappings of a Southern-fried blues band, Little Feat were hardly conventional. Led by songwriter/guitarist Lowell George, Little Feat were a wildly eclectic band, bringing together strains of blues, R&B, country, and rock & roll. The bandmembers were exceptionally gifted technically and their polished professionalism sat well with the slick sounds coming out of ... Read more in Amazon's Little Feat Store

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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1974)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000002KFC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,469,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock & Roll Doctor
2. Oh, Atlanta
3. Skin It Back
4. Down the Road
5. Spanish Moon
6. Feats Don't Fail Me Now
7. Fan
8. Medley: Cold Cold Cold/Tripe Face Boogie

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Feat (back then) were a strange concoction of southern-fried rock n roll, country, R & B and funk, but it all knitted together perfectly. This album has a great 'live in the studio' feel and the playing is top notch... individually and collectively. There wasn't much this band couldn't tackle, and this album is pretty eclectic, from the dirty funk of "Rock n Roll Doctor" through the R & B of "Spanish Moon" to the jazz-rock inflected "The Fan" and finishing with a 10 minute rock-out medley of old favourites from previous albums - "Cold Cold Cold/Tripe Face Boogie". The album clocks in at under 40 minutes, but there's no fat in there, it's all quality.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dixie Chicken was good - very good - excellent - but this one beats the lot. It's worth buying the album just for Skin It Back but afficianados of this unique group will love Spanish Moon - along with the rest. Feats Don't Fail me Now says it all about Little Feat - but don't forget to buy Dixie Chcken !
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stupple on 12 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
A great band at their peak - every track sparkles with wit, energy and musical excellence. If you know the Feat you'll have it already: if not, this (or, equally good, dixie chicken) is a great place to start.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Asko on 26 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Even though song-by-song they may not be the best ever, Little Feat is probably my favourite band of all time, and this is undoubtedly their high point. Just pure joy.

With Little Feat, it was not all about the compositions, but also how those compositions were played. They are/were just awesome musicians, and I don't think a record could be much more groovy than this one.

My favourite songs include Spanish Moon, Skin It Back and especially Rock And Roll Doctor. I love the way how they play with reggae rhythms on that one and Lowell George's singing is just, er, orgastic!

This was the last album where Lowell George was still the dominant force, and Bill Payne and Paul Barrere were beginning to emerge as song writers more and more. On some of the later albums they began to dominate too much, however, as Lowell George, in my opinion, was the heart & soul of the group and easily the most talented composer and by far the best singer of the group. But this album still has a nice balance in that regard.

Rhythmically innovative, groovy, funky and soulful, that's Little Feat for you! Along with maybe The Band and Dr. John, they really are the best piece of true American music there is. Forget ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums and get this one instead.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. M. Hill on 26 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
...the best rock and roll album of all time. The band nearly broke up before recording this, reduced to selling back empty coke bottles to make ends meet. They decided to give it one more go with this record. And the rest is history...I was lucky enough to see them on their triumphant 1st UK tour (& many times thereafter). Little Feat never disappoint, so if you don't have this CD buy it then all the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Margrain on 3 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With their unique merging of blues, gospel, country, boogie, soul, funk and rhythm and blues, Little Feat rank as one of the most original innovators of an ironical and intelligent roots-rock. Little Feat's emergence on the music scene coincided with rock music's change of direction, led by The Band, towards tradition. In fact, Little Feat, like The Band, were one of the few groups who took the dignified approach of preserving their music as an 'alternative' form as opposed to insisting it be exploited for record company gain.

Little Feat's fluid and elegant form - which bridges The Band and the Doobie Brother's - reaches its apex on the brilliant, if slightly uneven, 'Feats Don't Fail Me Now' (1974). The sound on the album is distinctly funkier than on their previous releases which reflects the growing over-riding influence of keyboardist Bill Payne.

The superb 'Skin It Back', 'Rock And Roll Doctor', 'Oh Atlanta', and the frenetic gospel of the title track, is sophisticated and intelligent music played by an accomplished set of musicians. Lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George's neurosis is consecrated in the congas and organ driven final medley 'Tripe Face Boogie'. It was a neurosis that was subsequently to become justified as Payne and Paul Barrere, their new guitar player, gradually marginalized George following the albums release.

The sound of Little Feat, particularly on 'Feats', is original if at times bizarre, but always interesting.
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