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If Dixie Chicken brought the first phase of Little Feat’s career to its climax, then Feats Don’t Fail Me Now was the beginning of a whole new chapter. The album is less invested in country and rock ‘n’ roll than it predecessors, and instead finds new inspiration in jazz and funk. On the whole, Feats has a smoother, more laid-back vibe than any of Little Feat’s previous records. The slinky, smoky grooves of “Skin It Back” and “Spanish Moon” have more in common with Sly Stone than anything by the Allman Brothers. Even as they evolved, the band found new ways to merge their old passions with their newfound inspirations. “Oh, Atlanta” and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” are patented pieces of roadhouse boogie, injected with the hot sauce of funk. However, the chunky rhythm and lyrical slide guitar of “Down the Road” showed that the band had no intention of leaving its past behind altogether. Anyone who needs to illustrate the difference between Little Feat in 1972 and Little Feat in 1974 has only to listen to the medley of “Cold Cold Cold” and “Tripe Face Boogie,” two Sailin’ Shoes-era chestnuts slowed down and served here with extra gravy.

Customer Reviews

Who's the dipstick that wrote the primary review?

This is the best the Feat ever did. Rock n Roll Doctor is perhaps the best rock song ever written, combining an infectious beat, an unadulterated exuberance and lyrical cleverness unmatched by anyone else. It sets the stage for the rest of the album, every song of which is pure gold. How anyone could say that it "peters out' towards the end has his head up...well, you know. That medley is the perfect capper to the FDFMN experience. Lowell's solo at the end of Tripe Face Boogie would make other slide players melt their slides. It is the absolute quintessential solo. So, to whomever wrote that review: you're a tool!

I agree with the rest of you

The primary review is wrong. There is no low point to this album. Every last millisecond is crammed with country-funk goodness. $6.99? This album is a steal. If you like rock and roll at all you need to own this.

Their Best IMHO

This will always be my favorite release. Hey you old Lowell George fans, where is your review? This is a must for any Little Feat fans. "The Fan" still gives me chills. Once I heard this (on vinyl) I was never the same. Peace.


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, as...
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