Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus

by Little FeatLittle Feat


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Little Feat was one of the legendary live bands of the '70s, showered with praise by not only their small, fiercely dedicated cult of fans, but such fellow musicians as Bonnie Raitt, Robert Palmer, and Jimmy Page. Given all that acclaim, it only made sense for the group to cut a live album. Unfortunately, they waited until 1977, when the group had entered its decline, but as the double-album Waiting for Columbus proves, Little Feat in its decline was still pretty great. Certainly, the group is far more inspired on stage than they were in the studio after 1975 - just compare "All That You Dream," "Oh Atlanta," "Old Folks' Boogie," "Time Loves a Hero," and "Mercenary Territory" here to the cuts on The Last Record Album and Time Loves a Hero. The versions on Waiting are full-bodied and fully-realized, putting the studio cuts to shame. Early classics like "Fat Man in the Bathtub" and "Tripe Face Boogie" aren't as revelatory, but it's still a pleasure to hear a great band run through their best songs, stretching them out and finding new quirks within them. If there are any flaws with Waiting for Columbus, it's that the Feat do a little bit too much stretching, veering toward excessive jamming on occasion - and that mildly fuzzy focus is really the only way you'd be able to tell that this is a great live band recorded slightly after their prime. Even so, there's much to savor on Waiting for Columbus, one of the great live albums of its era, thanks to rich performances that prove Little Feat were one of the great live bands of their time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992734424
catalogNumber: 927344
Rank: 16734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Feat   Primary Artist
Paul Barrére   Guitar,Vocals
Lowell George   Guitar,Vocals
Emilio Castillo   Saxophone
Sam Clayton   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Mic Gillette   Horn
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Richie Hayward   Drums,Vocals
Elliot Ingber   Guitar
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Saxophone
Bill Payne   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Greg Adams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Paul Barrére   Composer
Lowell George   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Gradney   Composer
Bill Payne   Composer
Neon Park   Illustrations
Traditional   Composer

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Waiting for Columbus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I know. Tall words, huh? Tall but true. I did lights for them 25 years ago. I saw many bands at Liberty Hall. But the performance contained on this CD remains an honest respresentation of the finest live band I have ever witnessed. Lowell George made the Feat fly. If you don't think his absence is felt today, just listen to LIVE FROM NEON PARK and you'll hear what I mean. (It's a fine performance, but it reminds us what's missing.) When the group broke-up after Lowell's death, Bonnie Raitt said it best: ''I miss Little Feat more than I miss being eight years old''. No kidding. This CD is the standard by which all other live performances should be measured. BUY IT TODAY. You won't be sorry.