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Classic Album Review: Little Feat | Late Night Truck Stop

Lowell George and co. are cooking, but the sonic quality of this live set fails them.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


THE ARTIST: One of the classic FM-rock outfits of the ’70s, Little Feat — led by the late, great singer-guitarist Lowell George — fused country, blues, boogie, funk and anything else you can think of into a tangy, tasty musical gumbo.

THE ALBUM: A two-CD live radio show from Denver’s Ebbets Field club in 1973, shortly after the release of Dixie Chicken, their third (and, many say, best) album. THE MUSIC: A solid slate of highlights from their early albums, including both the familiar (Two Trains, Sailin’ Shoes, Dixie Chicken, Willin’, Cold Cold Cold) and the lesser-known (Hamburger Midnight, Snakes on Everything). THE QUALITY: Sadly, so-so. The tape is scratchy at points, there’s the odd dropout, and — worst of all — the band aren’t always in tune. Still, these guys cook live, especially during a smoking medley of Dixie Chicken and Tripe Face Boogie. THE LAST WORD: Completists will swoon, but casual fans should start with their vastly superior official live release Waiting for Columbus.