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Little Feat's best (i.e everything from the Lowell George era plus two from the Craig Fuller-led line up and a bonus disc!)
on 11 May 2015
An outstanding and value for money collection. The nice box makes up for the fact that this is pretty much a no frills set - no booklet with essays or pictures. And, of course, the music. Housed in nice miniaturised cardboard recreations of the original LP covers, the 13 discs contain all the original albums released by Little Feat from its debut up to 1990, with the first two albums of the post-Lowell George era included, a nice idea although some may fret or quibble over whether any line up without founder member, lead vocalist and main songwriter George is worth calling Little Feat. True, the last two albums in this set are not in the same class as the 70s classics but they are better than you might expect and Craig Fuller, who took over as lead vocalist, had already been compared favourably with Lowell George in the past. Regarding the meat of the set - those classic 70s albums sound great. Whether it's my crappy little CD player or through the ripped lossless files on my Macbook, the albums positively boom out of the speakers (and if they sound good on my speakers/headphones then they'll even satisfy most audiophiles). This is worth investing in to replace early CD versions though if you have any recent remasters then hang on to them. This collection also makes a handy alternative to LPs. But anyone who is new to Little Feat definitely ought to start here. I'd heard their music years ago thanks to my university tutor and had relied on copies until I found this set going for under £32. It's been joyous playing each album back to back during the weekends and it sits very nicely with a similar box set by Joni Mitchell (albeit one which only covers her studio albums up to the end of the 70s). Other reviews have also highlighted what makes this no frills collection truly special - the 13th disc collects all the rarities and unreleased music from the Hot Cookies box set which is no longer available. It's fitting really to have all of Little Feat's music anthologised like this. All the albums plus the rarities.