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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.

Customer Reviews

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!"

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.

Lowell George-Unrecognized Genius?

Perhaps the best live album ever. Certainly the most underrated band ever. From "Fat Man" to "Mercenary" to "Day or Night" to "Spanish Moon" to "All that You Dream"--the younger generation shouldn't miss this if they want to know what the best of the 70's is about. Simply timeless.


Formed: 1969 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though they had all the trappings of a Southern-fried blues band, Little Feat were hardly conventional. Led by songwriter/guitarist Lowell George, Little Feat were a wildly eclectic band, bringing together strains of blues, R&B, country, and rock & roll. The bandmembers were exceptionally gifted technically and their polished professionalism sat well with the slick sounds coming out of Southern California during the '70s. However, Little Feat were hardly slick — they had a surreal sensibility,...
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