Little Feat: Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990
Track Listing: Little Feat (1971): Snakes on Everything; Strawberry Flats; Truck Stop Girl; Brides of Jesus; Willin’; Hamburger Midnight; Forty Four Blues/How Many More Years; Crack in Your Door; I’ve Been the One; Takin’ My Time; Crazy Captain Gunboat Willie. Sailing Shoes (1972): Easy To Slip; Cold, Cold, Cold; Trouble; Tripe Face Boogie; Willin’; A Apolitical Blues; Sailin’ Shoes; Teenage Nervous Breakdown; Got No Shadow; Cat Fever; Texas Rose Café. Dixie Chicken (1973): Dixie Chicken; Two Trains; Roll Um Easy; On Your Way Down; Kiss It Off; Fool Yourself; Walkin’ All Night; Fat Man in the Bathtub; Juliette; Lafayette Railroad. Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974): Rock and Roll Doctor; Oh Atlanta; Skin It Back; Down the Road; Spanish Moon; Feets Don’t Fail Me Now; The Fan. The Last Record Album (1975): Romance Dance; All That You Dream; Long Distance Love; Day or Night; One Love Stand; Down Below the Borderline; Somebody’s Leavin’; Mercenary Territory. Time Loves a Hero (1977): Hi Roller; Time Loves a Hero; Rocket in My Pocket; Day at the Dog Races; Old Folks Boogie; Red Streamliner; New Delhi Freight Train; Keepin’ Up With the Joneses; Missin’ You. Waiting for Columbus (live, 1978): Join the Band; Fat Man in the Bathtub; All That You Dream; Oh Atlanta; Old Folks’ Boogie; Dixie Chicken; Tripe Face Boogie; Rocket In My Pocket; Time Loves A Hero; Day Or Night; Mercenary Territory; Spanish Moon; Willin’; Don’t Bogart That Joint; Apolitical Blues; Sailin’ Shoes; Feats Don’t Fail Me Now. Down on the Farm (1979): Down On The Farm; Six Feet of Snow; Perfect Imperfection; Kokomo; Be One Now; Straight From The Heart; Front Page News; Wake Up Dreaming; Feel the Groove. Hoy-Hoy (live, 1981): Rocket In My Pocket; Rock And Roll Doctor; Skin It Back; Easy To Slip; Red Streamliner; Lonesome Whistle; Front Page News; The Fan; Forty-Four Blues; Teenage Nervous Breakdown; Teenage Nervous Breakdown; Framed; Strawberry Flats; Gringo; Over The Edge; Two Trains; China White; All That You Dream; Feets Don’t Fail Me Now. Let It Roll (1988): Hate To Lose Your Lovin’; One Clear Moment; Cajun Girl; Hangin’ on to the Good Times; Listen To Your Heart; Let It Roll; Long Time Till I Get Over You; Business as Usual; Changin’ Luck; Voices on the Wind. Representing the Mambo (1989): Texas Twister; Daily Grind; Representing The Mambo; Woman in Love; Rad Gumbo; Teenage Warrior; That’s Her, She’s Mine; Feelin’s All Gone; Those Feat’ll Steer Ya Wrong Sometimes; The Ingenue; Silver Screen. Outtakes from Hotcakes (live, 2014): Jazz Thing in 10; Rat Faced Dog; Doglines; Wait Till the Shit Hits the Fan; Easy To Fall (Easy To Slip); Texas Rose Café; Doriville; Boogie (Tripe Face Boogie); Two Trains; Roto/Tone; Ace in the Hole (Hi Roller); Eldorado Slim; Feats Don’t Fail Me Now; Brickyard Blues; All That You Dream; Spanish Moon; Down Below the Borderline; Rockin’ Shoes I & II; Front Page News; High Roller; All That You Dream; Roll ‘Em Easy; Boogie Wigwam (short jazz piece); Teenage Nervous Breakdown.
Personnel: The original lineup was Roy Estrada, bass and backing vocals; Lowell George, vocals, guitar, harmonica; Richie Hayward, drums, backing vocals; and Bill Payne, vocals, keyboards. This was the lineup on the band’s eponymous debut of 1971 and its 1972 follow-up, Sailin’ Shoes. The most famous lineup preserved George, Hayward and Payne, shedding Estrada and adding Paul Barrere, vocals, guitar; Sam Clayton, congas, vocals, percussion; and bassist Kenny Gradney. This was the backbone of the albums from Dixie Chicken through Hoy-Hoy. Let It Roll of 1988, the band’s first studio album without founder George, featured former Pure Prairie League singer Craig Fuller, who also led the band on 1990’s Representing the Mambo, its Warner Brothers finale. Musicians who helped the band over the years – particularly on the post-George albums – include singers Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger and Shaun Murphy (who would be its lead singer for a few years in the early ’90s) and multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett, who’s still in the group. Others who helped out include singers such as one-time Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and Valerie Carter, Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker and the literate, eccentric Van Dyke Parks, who recorded Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes” on Discover America, his weird 1972 precursor of what could come to be known as Americana.
Title: Little Feat Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971 to 1990 | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Warner Bros.