Little Feat

Little Feat

Little Feat was formed in 1969 when Lowell George and Roy Estrada left or were fired from The Mothers of Invention. They have successfully folded jazz, funk, and country into their own style of rock.


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Little Feat Little Feat (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1970 Sell This Version
Little Feat Sailin' Shoes (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Little Feat Dixie Chicken (Album) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1973 Sell This Version
Little Feat Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Little Feat The Last Record Album (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Little Feat Time Loves A Hero (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Little Feat Waiting For Columbus (Album, Comp) Warner Bros. Records Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
Little Feat Down On The Farm (Album) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1979 Sell This Version
Little Feat Hoy-Hoy! (Album) Warner Bros. Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
rr 81-16 Little Feat Untitled(LP, Transcription) Retro-Rock rr 81-16 US 1981 Sell This Version
Little Feat Let It Roll (Album) Warner Bros. Records Canada 1988 Sell This Version
M 88-41 Little Feat Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(LP) Westwood One M 88-41 US 1988 Sell This Version
CN 5310/S Little Feat In Concert-455(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 5310/S UK 1989 Sell This Version
Little Feat Representing The Mambo (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1990 Sell This Version
CO 90-25 Little Feat Superstar Concert Series (3xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CO 90-25 US 1990 Sell This Version
114 Little Feat In The Studio: "Wating For Columbus"(CD, Promo, Rad) The Album Network 114 US 1990 Sell This Version
Little Feat Shake Me Up (Album) Morgan Creek Records Japan 1991 Sell This Version
91-44 Little Feat Off The Record Special(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 91-44 US 1991 Sell This Version
Little Feat Ain't Had Enough Fun (Album) Zoo Entertainment US 1995 Sell This Version
9528 Little Feat Up Close, Part 1 - Highlights(CD, Promo, Rad) Neer Perfect Productions 9528 US 1995 Sell This Version
9529 Little Feat Up Close, Part II - Highlights(CD, Promo, Rad) Neer Perfect Productions 9529 US 1995 Sell This Version
Little Feat Live From Neon Park (Album) Zoo Entertainment US 1996 Sell This Version
Little Feat Under The Radar (Album) CMC International Records, SPV GmbH, SPV Recordings Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Little Feat Chinese Work Songs (Album) CMC International Records Japan 2000 Sell This Version
HTR 0204 Little Feat Ripe Tomatos Vol. One(2xCD) Hot Tomato Records HTR 0204 US 2002 Sell This Version

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February 13, 2013
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You could also state the case quite bluntly: For some strange reason Little Feat are rarely mentioned when it comes to list the really and truly great bands of all times: Their two incarnations fronted by Lowell George produced a body of work that stands comfortably side by side with e.g. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Birthday Party, The Grateful Dead: Little Feat had excellent original material and they were an utterly captivating live band as testified by a bulk of bootlegs or semi-official releases. Forget about Waiting for Columbus: it may capture the band in HiFi, but not to their advantage. By then they were drawn out and tired. Their gigs in front of less than 200 people that is where their essence and their excellence both really shine. And with "SHINE" I mean something that twits denominating them as an "LA boogie rock outfit" (WIRE! blimey!) will never give themselves the opportunity to appreciate.


July 15, 2012

Little Feat was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1969 by Lowell George and Roy Estrada. Both were former members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The original lineup was completed with the addition of Richard Hayward on drums and Bill Payne on keyboards. Their first two albums were Little Feat (1971) and Sailin' Shoes (1972). The albums were critical successes but failed by commercial standards.

The group split up briefly for a period in 1971-72 but reformed with new members that included Paul Barrere on guitar and percussionist Sam Clayton. Roy Estrada, who had left the group, was replaced on bass by Kenny Gradney. The first album from the new lineup was to be their most popular yet: Dixie Chicken (1973). No doubt the single of the same name, which is arguable their most well known song, was a prime reason. But the funkier, tighter sound and more prominent jazz influences, which defined this lineup, were no doubt welcome dimensions. They continued their success with Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974) and then The Last Record Album (1975). Purportedly by then Barrere and Payne had taken over much of the song writing due to the effects of Lowell George's drug use.

Although the group had gained in popularity they did not enjoy broad commercial appeal but rather sort of a cult following. Their next release was Time Loves a Hero in 1977 and it was on the tours following that album in 1977-78 that they recorded and released the much heralded double live album Waiting for Columbus (1978). It was shortly after this period, frustrated with the bands direction that founding member Lowell George started a solo project the result of which was the album Thanks, I'll Eat It Here. With its release George declared Little Feat broken up and embarked on a solo career. Sadly, George died shortly thereafter of a heart attack in 1979. Little Feat's final album with George, Down on the Farm, was released after his death in 1979. In 1981 a rarities collection called Hoy-Hoy! was also released.

Members of Little Feat worked on various side projects and had stints in other bands after Little Feat broke up, but in 1988 Payne, Barrere, Hayward and Gradney decided to reform the group. They were joined by vocalist/guitarist Craig Fuller and guitarist Fred Tackett. Their first new release in 1988, Let It Roll, was a commercial success eventually going gold. But subsequent albums Representing the Mambo (1989), Shake Me Up (1991) and Ain't Had Enough Fun (1995) didn't quite measure up. On Ain't Had Enough Fun and albums thereafter the voice of Fuller, plugged in to sound a measure like Lowell George, was replaced by female lead Shaun Murphy. The band has since followed with albums Under the Radar (1988), Chinese Work Songs (2000), Late Night Truck Stop (2001) and Kickin' It at the Barn (2003). The group still tours to this day.

Shaun Murphy left the band in 2009 and Richie Hayward became ill with liver cancer later that same year. He was replaced on drums by the band's drum tech, Gabe Ford, in August 2009. Ford was only supposed to play drums with them until Richie became well again but he succumbed to the cancer and died on August 12, 2010, about a year after he was diagnosed.

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