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on 28 February 2012
American Cutie is drawn from two sets Little Feat played at a club in Denver in 1973, just a few months after Dixie Chicken was released. The music on the cd is wonderful, sounds great and is well worth buying if you cannot get hold of the double cd, Late Night Truck Stop, which includes the same material and more, but seems to be long out of print and very expensive.
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on 10 March 2012
A wonderful, wonderful album. Little Feat at their peak. Every track is a winner. Great recording, great music. Just buy it.
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on 28 March 2012
Alas must disagree with other reviewers, including the estimable Whispering Bob in his liner notes.

2 issues: firstly the recording is poor. As has been noted it's a 40 year old recording made in a club and sounds like it. Boxy, no expanse, drippy. Unforgiveably the rhythm section lacks any punch - the bass is practically non existent and Richie Hayward's drums are characterless (snare muffled, no bass drum and the toms barely audible). Given what a ripper drummer Hayward was this is a crying shame.

Secondly (and perhaps contraversially) I don't think it's such a great performance. Nowhere near the splendidness of Electrif Lycanthrope (Christ, why can't they release that one properly?) Less invention than you get on Waiting For Colombus.

If only they hadn't wrecked Waiting For Colombus with that bloody awful synthesiser!
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on 23 December 2013
I disagree with the negative review. American Cutie is very good, Of course the Ultrasonic 1974 is exceptional...
BTW the Godfather edition of Electryf Lycanthrope is a bit of missed opportunity
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on 3 April 2012
I agree with acuff rose: this gig was a good one, but the sound quality is poor, and the playing is loose and even a little sloppy at times. It's been available online for some time, along with the whole of the first set played on the same night. Far better, in my opinion, is the recording known as "Electrif Lycanthrope", aka "Live at Ultrasonic Studios [WLIR] on 1974-09-19". This is a superior recording and a far stronger performance - a year on from Ebbets Field and the band is steaming, unbelievably tight, and there's not a note or a beat wasted. It's one of the best live recordings I've ever heard - pure class, and I'd even go so far as to say it's better than most of the band's studio LPs. If you know where to look it's available online, seemingly with the band's approval (the original vinyl bootleg had a cover design by Neon Park, LF's sleeve artist), and is definitely worth checking out.
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on 8 March 2012
Yes, this is the same material (minus a couple of tracks) as Late Night Truck Stop. It's a bit rough around the edges and the recording quality isn't exceptional (what do you expect from a live gig almost 40 years ago?) but it does give a great idea of what Little Feat sounded like live in Lowell George's day. Later on, sans the Fat Man, their concerts got a lot slicker and the instrumental work-outs became increasingly complex. As Whisperin' Bob says in the original sleeve notes: 'this recording captures the sweaty, small-club vibe that seemed to suit them best - loose, languid, atmospheric and funky'.
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on 16 February 2013
A live album of the Feat in fine form while Lowell was still firing on all cylinders! Great album and a fine example of the band at it's best!
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on 16 May 2012
This live albumn contains great versions of Little Feat standards. The quality of the production enhances the extra oomph of listening to live renditions of their songs.
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on 28 August 2012
IF you are reading reviews of American Cutie it is reasonable to assume that you are a fan of Lowell George

This disc is really a pretty straight forward, moderately packaged bootleg of a 1973 radio show, where Lowell and Little Feat were in reasonably good form, but be aware that the sound is over bright and lacks any real depth or contrast. This is for completists including myself that will always enjoy the greatest slide guitar player of all time

Another Reviewer mentioned this doesn't hold a candle to Electrif Lycanthrope, and I would include Aurora Backseat as well. For those of us lucky enough to own the vinyl, there is always hope that someone at Warner Bros remembers Little Feat kindly and makes those shows available on CD. Supposedly Lowell George producted EL so it doesnt need much remastering

American Cutie is a straight forward dont pay more than 5 pounds special. Enjoy
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on 22 April 2012
AT LAST!AN EASY-TO -GET RECORDING OF LITTLE FEAT IN THEIR 'DIXIE CHICKEN'PERIOD;TIGHT AND FUNKY IN A SMALL CLUB ATMOSPHERE.GREAT.THE BAND ARE IN GREAT FORM,PLAYING OFF EACH OTHER AND HAVING A TIME,AS THE INBETWEEN-SONG BANTER INDICATES.THERE IS PLENTY OF LOWELL GEORGE ON THIS,BOTH VOCALLY AND INSTRUMENTALLY.THERE WAS A LINE OF THOUGHT AROUND ABOUT THE TIME OF THEIR SIXTH ALBUM (SHARED BY THIS WRITER TOO!)THAT THE JAZZ-FUNK INFLUENCES SPLIT THE BAND,BUT HERE WE ARE,SOME YEARS PREVIOUS,AND THOSE INFLUENCES ARE ALL OVER THIS RECORDING,WHICH SHOWS LITTLE FEAT WERE INTO EVERYTHING FROM THE START.THE POWER OF HINDSIGHT!THERE ARE SOME EXCELLENT RENDITIONS HERE OF 'APOLITICAL BLUES','COLD,COLD,COLD','SAILING SHOES',FINISHING WITH 'FAT MAN IN THE BATHTUB',WHICH RIVALS THE VERSION ON 'WAITING FOR COLUMBUS',AN PATCHY ALBUM WEIGHED-DOWN WITH FUSSY HORN ARRANGEMENTS('SPANISH MOON IS GEAT THOUGH),AND A PONDEROUS 'BIG'SOUND.
P.S.'FEATS DONT FAIL ME NOW WAS A MUCH BETTER ALBUM THAN 'DIXIE CHICKEN. DISCUSS.
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