Live In Holland 1976
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Probably a case of preaching to the converted – though on one level you could say that of almost any release, certainly any archival material/reissue – this’ll be a big deal to Little Feat fans and won’t mean a thing to anyone who has never really had an interest in the band. The one caveat I’d add is that this really is a good place to start – great sound quality, the band firing, a strong set-list, a good indication of the magic – if you’re someone that’s heard the name but hasn’t (yet) delved into the band’s catalogue and is curious. This is certainly one version of the perfect start.
I’m sentimental for the four-sided sprawl of the live Waiting for Columbus record and those first few studio albums – certainly. But this is a pretty great run of songs and shit-hot performances, you get to appreciate that killer-good rhythm section, the searing slide work, the way the band can move from crawl and whisper to hurtling down the hill full noise (Tripe Face Boogie), the hypnotic groove of Fat Man In A Bathtub is sublime, the drunk-stumble lurch of Rock and Roll Doctor is every bit as good anything Joe Walsh or the Allmans was doing at the time, without the stadium rock pretentions, and Dixie Chicken is great here, so often a live highlight with the wee dance between the keys and drums. Great vocal performance here too.
This was a festival performance – so not a full Feat set, 11 songs on the CD but you’ll also have a 9-track DVD here too – so that’s probably the selling point for many. Actual footage of Lowell George and the band. That’s all the enticement fans will need I’m sure but certainly if you’re new to the band this is a fine way to get going.