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.