Little Feat, Sailin’ Shoes (1972)
The band Little Feat was one I knew a lot about without listening to much of their music. I collected up some of their albums as the name would come up in whatever bio I was reading. And you could always find the albums about, usually pretty cheap. And then last year it all fell in to place. I became obsessed with Little Feat. Pretty easy to see (and hear) why. At times, especially with this album – one I had not heard until last year – I feel like I am listening to the perfect band. Spot-on arrangements, gorgeous/smart songs, great playing, beyond-decent writing. It all meets. It all melds. It all stuns. And there’s a timelessness about so much of this music – Sailin’ Shoes doesn’t feel like a 40 year old record (to me). And that was shown when I posted several songs from it online and people were wondering if it was a new album, a new band they hadn’t caught up with; a new sound. It’s both sad and delightful to think that – out there – some people might think of Little Feat as a new band, possibly influenced by Ryan Adams.Those first five albums are all glorious – I picked up the CD box-set with all of them for $20. But I have most of them on vinyl also. And for the sake of picking one, for now, it’s going to be this. Next time I listen to any other early Little Feat album it’ll probably be my favourite!
Sample Track: Willin’
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