I usually only have studio albums in this blog. No Greatest Hits packages either. But today is going to be different. Today is Little Feat, “Waiting For Columbus.” It’s quite possibly the best live album ever.
I do so for sad reasons. Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward passed away yesterday from liver cancer. He will be missed by masses. He was a wonderful musician and according to those that knew him, a wonderful person.
What always amazed me about “Waiting For Columbus” was Richie’s drum sound. For 1978, the drums kicked like something recorded decades later. What a wonderful sound!
Highlights are many. “Fatman In The Bathtub, Oh Atlanta, Old Folks Boogie, Spanish Moon, Willin’ Rocket in My Pocket’ and of course, “Dixie Chicken’ into’ Tripe Face Boogie.”
Lowell George never sounded better than on this record. Billy Payne, Sam Clayton, Kenny Gradney and Paul Barrere rounded out the sound. The Tower of Power horns also were a huge part of this.
We’ll miss you Richie. Thanks for the music.
Today’s “Cool Album of the Day” is the debut self-titled album by “Mudcrutch.”
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been the biggest Tom Petty fan. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s OK. I’ve liked some of this work but I think the best thing he ever did was his original single ‘American Girl’ and that was 1976.
But however, I really liked his “Mudcrutch” album.
Here’s what Mudcrutch was all about. They were Petty’s first band formed in 1970. The band did include a number of ‘Heartbreakers.’ They released a single and never amounted to all that much.
Here’s the lineup, Tom Petty on vocals and BASS guitar. Mike Campbell on lead guitar, Benmont Tench on keyboards, vocals. Randall Marsh on drums and Tom Leadon on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.
Tom Leadon is the brother of Bernie Leadon. You of course know Bernie from the Flying Burrito Brothers and some other band named after a popular American bird.
Another I liked about “Mudcrutch” is that it was recorded live in studio. It’s a shame that more acts don’t do that.
Highlights, lets go with the traditional ‘Shady Grove.’ (Think the Dillards on The Andy Griffith Show.) ‘Lover of the Bayou.’ This was an old Byrds song that was always very hard to find. In fact, I’m pretty sure they only place to find it was on a live album. ‘Topanga Cowgirl, Bootleg Flyer’ and ‘Scare Easy.’
“Mudcrutch” debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
It was produced by Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.
The band did a short tour and released a follow up live EP later in 2008 called “Extended Play Live.”
John Hiatt had been known as a singer /songwriter for sometime when he broke thru to more mass recognition with his eight album, 1987’s ‘Bring The Faith.” But it was “Slow Turning” that broke him into a star.
The album feature the Goners as his backup band. The Goners were led by slide guitarist great Sonny Landreth.
Highlights included the title track, Slow Turning, Paper Thin, Tennessee Plates and Georgia Rae.
This album was released in 1979. It was being recorded when lead singer, slide guitarist, front man Lowell George passed away. Today is the 31st anniversary of Lowell death.
It wasn’t one of the bands better selling, nor better received albums. But I loved it. It’s one of my Little Feat favorites.
Favorite tracks? They’d include, ‘Six Feet of Snow, Down on The Farm, Perfect Imperfection’ and ‘Wake Up Dreaming.’
Some interesting guest players on the disc. David Linley, Robben Ford, Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers), Bonnie Raitt and future Little Feat member, Fred Tackett.
(4-13-45) — (6-29-79)
Here’s a video of the title track but for something different. It’s by Paul Barrere’s band, The Bluesbusters, it’s followed up by Feel the Grove.