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.
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.