27 Songs, 2 Hours 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Los Angeles-based Little Feat started out as Captain Beefheart’s backing band, briefly became purveyors of country rock, then were widely (and mistakenly) adopted as part of Southern rock music. With the 1978 double concert album Waiting for Columbus, Little Feat added another aspect to their legacy, as one of the premier live bands of the ‘70s. Recorded over a series of 1977 dates in London and Washington, D.C., these performances translate Feat’s distinctive command of the stage. Part stoner rock band, part soul revue, and part jam band, they were unlike any other touring act. The well-chosen setlist is bolstered by the presence of the Tower of Power horn section, which gives “Spanish Moon,” “Rocket In My Pocket” and “Old Folks’ Boogie” a lot of extra oomph. Despite their instrumental prowess, the members of Feat carried themselves with a casual, downhome air. Not unlike the Band’s Last Waltz, which came out the same year, Waiting for Columbus feels like a celebration rather than an exhibition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Los Angeles-based Little Feat started out as Captain Beefheart’s backing band, briefly became purveyors of country rock, then were widely (and mistakenly) adopted as part of Southern rock music. With the 1978 double concert album Waiting for Columbus, Little Feat added another aspect to their legacy, as one of the premier live bands of the ‘70s. Recorded over a series of 1977 dates in London and Washington, D.C., these performances translate Feat’s distinctive command of the stage. Part stoner rock band, part soul revue, and part jam band, they were unlike any other touring act. The well-chosen setlist is bolstered by the presence of the Tower of Power horn section, which gives “Spanish Moon,” “Rocket In My Pocket” and “Old Folks’ Boogie” a lot of extra oomph. Despite their instrumental prowess, the members of Feat carried themselves with a casual, downhome air. Not unlike the Band’s Last Waltz, which came out the same year, Waiting for Columbus feels like a celebration rather than an exhibition.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
132 Ratings
132 Ratings
Parrotthead ,

Best Live Sound Engineering Of Any Album Ever

The quality of sound engineering and mixing used in Waiting For Columbus is superb. Especially remarkable when you consider the "ancient" analog 16 track and 32 track recording tapes, 2"-3" wide we had back in the day. The quality of sound easily rivals virtually all live albums, and sets a standard of purity that is hard to beat, even with 21st century digital equipment. Those of us who grew up listening to the old WHFS in the Washington DC area will recognize the distinctive voice of HFS's Cerphe introducing the band with "F---E---A---T!"

JTSmith ,

No Small Task

This is one of the greatest live recordings of all time. The Feat were absolutely at the top of their game and the Tower of Power horns - wow. This is one of those desert island records (as in you can only take ten to a desert island, what would they be?). And not to be disagreeable with the reviewer on the extra tracks, but Lowell George's interpretation of Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down" remained untouched until Elvis Costello performed it with Toussaint's band in 2006. The is just one hell of a record and perhaps the only Little Feat album you need to own (though I'd buy 'em all). Rest in peace Lowell, you're greatly missed.

Pomaroo ,

"Classic" is not a cliche'

I am a middle-aged, retired military veteran living in a red state. Get the picture? However, when Waiting for Columbus is playing in my office, my feet are stomping - smile is grinnin' - ole body is swayin' - singing along.....LOUDLY. Can't help it. Song after song projects a musical mix of fun and instrumental/vocal prowess that is uber-rare in it's quality for a live album. Parrothead is right. This is a live recording that resonates, not screeches.

So very glad I got to see "F E A T" live in 1979, before we lost Lowell George. This album brings memories of him barefoot on the stage in his white overalls, pulling us all in to his world.

Note: Unlike the other versions, iTunes got Dixie Chicken on this offering...go for it!

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