On what was to be his only solo album, Lowell George tried, in the main succesfully, to branch out from the shuffling, slide-guitar led music of Little Feat. At the time, after a couple of bland jazz-rock Feat albums dominated by Payne and Barrere, I really wanted to hear something that sounded like the eponymous Feat album, or Dixie Chicken. This wasn't it, but the years have been kind to it. My main beef is that it's far too short, at an incredible 31 minutes (this version) - my version includes a beautiful tenth track, Heartache (don't know anything about it - absolutely no sleevenotes) but even that clocks in at less than three minutes. It loses a star for short-changing the customers like this.
What music there is is mainly stunning - a mid-paced opening with What Do You Want the Girl to Do, not a million miles from Little Feat, then the updated Two Trains (one of my favourite Feat songs - this one is equally good and I like to think of it as a "reimagining"). The rest of the album is peppered with short, pretty songs, beautifully sung and played. Cheek to Cheek in particular has a wonderful melody and stunning harmonies. The final track on the original album, Himmler's Ring, gave me the most angst when I was an angry young Feat fan - a piece of whimsy, sung straight by George with accompanying wacky sound effects. Now I can see it for what it is - just good fun, and actually quite well performed.
I'm sure George would have gone on to make better, more substantial albums than this but frustratingly, this is all we have. An adequate epitaph, rather than a glorious tribute.