40 Feat: The Hot Tomato Anthology
This triple-disc set keeps up with the country/roots/rock band that has carried on across 40 years.
Two of the discs capture the current version of the band as a hard-working blues-rock band, churning grooves, great repertoire, playing passionately to audiences. But it’s the first disc that is the real revelation. This shows (for the first time) some previously unreleased material from the golden-era; demos from the band’s visionary, Lowell George and alternative versions of some of the classics – such as a rendition of Sailin’ Shoes that features Bonnie Raitt.
You hear all this material together – 40 years of it – and realise that Little Feat was a very special band. In some sense (touring-wise) the band still delivers. The playing and writing of George is of course sorely missed but there are skilled instrumentalists in the band carrying on now, being as faithful to the memory as possible while also offering a new sound where possible.
That said, this anthology is essential particularly for the magical first disc. Some of the best music you will hear.