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on 17 May 2013
Great live show by one of the greatest live bands of the 70s. Off an FM radio broadcast - original tapes or cassette off a tuner? - but sounds good enough and stunningly clear for the most part. Almost 80 minutes of music including some songs rarely appearing on their live output - Long Distance Love, Day or Night, Romance Dance etc. At the top of their game and sound like they're having fun too.
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on 3 June 2013
Great versions of some fab old favourites, amazingly hot atmosphere, good singing from the newbies, and some stirring guitar breaks.
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on 11 August 2013
I love this band.
In the mid 70's, Little Feat were one of the most inventive and under rated of all of the Californian based bands.
I guess they were over looked in the mass popularity stakes in favour of The Eagles. They never quite managed to write a song with the universal appeal of "Hotel California", but in terms of general musicianship and song writing, Little Feat were light years ahead of their more popular cousins.
(I am also a fan of The Eagles, their early material is particularly great, but Little Feat were better).

The best Feat live album is Electrif Lycanthrope, an official bootleg album that Lowell George himself mixed. It is quite superb, you used to be able to get it from [...] as a free download, but I haven't checked recently if it is still up there. Hellzapoppin is not quite as good as Lycanthrope, but its excellent nevertheless.

If you want one CD that sums up this band, this one would be a good one to get.
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on 2 June 2013
This is a great live recording of Little Feat (with the late great Lowell George) in their prime. Play it loud!!
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on 2 April 2016
"HELLZAPPOPIN'" is 15 track 79 minute live concert import CD on the All Access label. The concert was originally broadcast on Boston's WCBN FM Halloween Night October 31, 1975, and features the classic LITTLE FEAT line-up of Lowell George (guitar & vocals), Bill Payne (keyboards & vocals), Richie Hayward (drums & vocals), Paul Barrere (guitar & vocals), Kenny Grandey (bass) and Sam Clayton (percussion & vocals). The band were on a North American tour supporting their recently released fifth long-player 'THE LAST RECORD ALBUM.' Two songs performed that night, "Walkin' All Night" and "On Your Way Down" are not on the disc, otherwise the set list is in chronological order. The songs performed are:

1. Two Trains
2. Skin It Back
3. Fat Man In The Bathtub
4. A Apolitical Blues
5. Oh Atlanta
6. Day Or Night
7. All That You Dream
8. Romance Dance
9. Long Distance Love (some sources erroneously list this as a cover of Muddy Water's "Long Distance Call")
10. Cold Cold Cold>
11. Dixie Chicken>
12. Tripe Face Boogie
13. Willin' (encore)
14. Teenage Nervous Breakdown (encore)
15. Spanish Moon (encore)

The sound quality is decent and seems to have been taken from a first generation source, after a rough start the mix improves as it goes along, de rigueur for live radio concerts. Recorded at the 2,500 seat Orpheum Theatre the band had just finished a five night residency at Paul's Mall, a smaller Boston club (those were the days!). Coupled with the fact it was Halloween night, the boys are red-hot and ready to shake the rafters, egged on by an obviously stoked audience. The warts-and-all performances are not as spit-polished as those on 'WAITING FOR COLUMBUS' which works in the band's favor. Although 'WFC' is a terrific album, especially the cuts with the added TOWER OF POWER horn section, it sometimes suffers from the occasional sterility and studio tinkering found on most major label "event" releases. Here you hear the group at their arguable peak and the energy generated is so strong and thick you can almost smell the sweat and pot smoke. The CD comes with a nice slipcase and short, but to the point, liner notes. If your a FEAT Fan this is an essential purchase, if your a novice and wonder what all the critical hullabaloo is all about, grab this and prepare to hear Hellzapoppin'......

Other fine classic FEAT live for the fan: 'Late Night Truck Stop' (2CD, two sets from Ebbets Field In Denver), 'American Cutie' (single CD version of 'LNTS'), Hoy-Hoy (rarities and more live from the 'WFC' concerts), 'Rockpalast Live' DVD (with bonus performance from 1974), 'Skin It Back' DVD (same as Rockpalast, no bonus but an additional complete filmed rehearsal!), 'The Old Grey Whistle Test Collection' (the clip of "Rock And Roll Doctor" on this essential collection is their best filmed performance IMHO), '40 Feat: the Hot Tomato Anthology' (3CD set, CD One only from Lowell George era). There is also a fantastic sounding "Live At Winterland: Valentine's Day 1976" CD worth searching for on the WhyArts label with 3 more tracks than the download available at Wolfgang's Vault......

ADDENDUM (4/15/14): There's a live LITTLE FEAT CD+DVD set now available, 'Live in Holland 1976.' The 10 song recording is the same concert that provided the bonus footage ("Cold, Cold, Cold") on the above-mentioned ROCKPALAST LIVE DVD, a preview is available on Amazon.uk of the band performing 'Rock And Roll Doctor." Although the video and audio are fine, unfortunately the direction is so-so, at least on that cut. The band is on a stage WAY above the audience, and the cameraman on the ground has to point his camera WAY up, so when those shots are used you get a clear picture front and center...of the stage monitor! No matter, it's real live FEAT in 1974, my copy is already pre-ordered......
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on 10 December 2013
Fantastic badn very underrated. The groove, funk and R&B mixture had never been surpassed by any other band. So sorry Mr George is not around would have been great to have all his music still.
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on 2 November 2013
The music was confident yet raw-so tight, but just that little bit loose, and jamming-fabulous! The whole band were "on"!
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on 13 June 2013
Always a joy to find some 'new' Lowell George period Little Feat, and so far they seem on great form, sadly the sound quality is "low-fi mono" which does detract somewhat from the experience.
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on 24 August 2013
Lowell george,Little Feat era plus a live recording.captures how great this band where.lowell george another great guitarist,To pass away so young....but thanks to recordings like this the music never die's.
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on 3 September 2013
Not the best recording but for those who are Little Feat fans another disc to add to your collection in the days when Lowell George was the driving force of the band.
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