Thursday, April 5, 2007

LITTLE FEAT - Feats Don`t Fail Me Now @320

One of those bands that perfectly epitomized so many things about the 1970s, Little Feat created a strangely smooth and sexy pastiche of Southern-spiced blues-rock. Main man Lowell George's undulant slide guitar marked the group's early recordings. His vocals, meanwhile, were distinctive in the manner in which he toyed with vowels as if they were yo-yos, tossing them up and down, this way and that. The albums recorded prior to George's 1979 death reflected a jazz influence (albeit one that would grow more pronounced as his influence in the band waned). Being based in Los Angeles also gave them a certain patina they may have lacked if they had been based in, say, Memphis. Feats Don't Fail Me Now features visiting guests Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris and a collection of tight, wryly observant songs. Don't Fail Me's 1973 predecessor, Dixie Chicken, is generally seen as Little Feat's must-have outing, but this album, too, holds up a stunningly strong demonstration the appeal of the band's rock-blues-jazz hybrid. --Lorry Fleming

Track listing
"Rock & Roll Doctor" (George, Martin) – 2:57
"Oh, Atlanta" (Payne) – 3:26
"Skin It Back" (BarrĂ©re) – 4:11
"Down the Road" (George) – 3:46
"Spanish Moon" (George) – 3:01
"Feats Don't Fail Me Now" (Barrere, George, Kibbee) – 2:27
"The Fan" (George, Payne) – 4:30
"Medley: Cold Cold Cold/Triple Face Boogie" (George, Hayward, Payne) – 10:00

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Anonymous said...

Thanks! A great album.

John P said...

You are probably long gone but I just wanted to say thanks for all the great music and all the hard work you put into this. I know you've closed this, but many of the links are still alive (way to go Megaupload!) and your taste in music is impeccable.

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