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on 3 March 2014
I was looking Foward to this release, but was so Disappointed. this release is misleading. The sound was not that great, Little Feat don't sit well when it comes to CD.
The short answer is that the term "digitally remastered" means nothing. All CDs are digital, so when applied to a CD release the term is nonsense without a detailed explanation of just what remastering was actually done. Even the term "master" can and does have several different meanings, as there are several different stages where a different "master" copy exists.
What it should mean is that original analog studio master tapes were used to create a new digital multi-track master from which all mixing and processing is done.
The last two albums sound pretty good, but the rest just does not cut it for me at all. The Outakes from Hotcakes CD is not too bad, but nothing special. The standout tracks are Rat Faced Dog, Doriville, Eldorado Slim, Brickyard Blues. these tracks sound fine, They should have included Mercenary Jam, (mercenary territory, from The Last Record Album) now that would have been something else. There are some bootlegs out there that have far better material. I also feel that the whole package looks cheap. and where are the original Lyric inserts for Time Loves A Hero, Down On The Farm, Let It Roll, Representing The Mambo? this is another lazy way of reproducing a package and getting it badly wrong. The original card reproduction sleeves from Japan have the lyric inserts, as well as the protective inner sleeve. The way the CD's have been placed in the cardboard sleeves is not good at all. (this is equivalent to placing a vinyl record in a LP sleeve without the inner sleeve) they could have at least placed the Discs in a proper protective sleeve. the whole thing has not been done properly, it just looks dull.
All of my Led Zeppelin CD card sleeves have the inserts in them. Atlantic Records even went to the trouble to include the spinning wheel for Led Zeppelin 3 on the cardboard sleeve! I find the whole package cumbersome, and not well thought out. Even the XTC CD's that came out a few years ago seem to be better represented than this Box Set.
What Rhino should have done is release each one of the albums in a separate edition, with a booklet, to detail each albums recording history. and include all the artwork and inserts, that would have been a much better way to represent the band. I have all the Vinyl of Little Feat, (including repressings) and that is far better than this sorry affair.
The Edsel/Rhino CD of Time Loves A Hero/Down On The Farm, included the Lyrics, so why not on this release? lets see a Vinyl Repressing of all their albums, like the 180 gram Sailin' Shoes, and Dixie Chicken, which alone, puts this Box set to shame. Lets hope in the future that Rhino releases something far more worthwhile, this is not it. The whole Package has been dressed up to be some sort of definitive collection, when in fact it is just another rehash from previous releases over the years. this is typical of Warner/Rhino.
I still feel that this band has not been given the proper care and attention that it deserves. Little Feat fans have yet again been given short shrift. this Box set is not worth the money. Thank Heavens for Vinyl.