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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Little Feat Store

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00004TQRP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. RAG MAMA RAG
2. EULA
3. BED OF ROSES
4. SAMPLE IN A JAR
5. JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY
6. GIMME A STONE
7. RIO ESPERANZA
8. TATTOO HEART
9. MARGINAL CREATURES
10. CHINESE WORK SONGS
11. IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKE A TRAIN TO CRY

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Chinese Work Songs illustrates the strengths that Little Feat has maintained through thick and thin. With founding member Bill Payne and Paul Barrere (who signed up with 1973's classic Dixie Chicken) leading the charge, the seven-member ensemble demonstrates impressive instrumental prowess, in the process providing a reminder that the Grateful Dead weren't the only classic-rock group to have a mighty impact on modern jam bands. (They give a tip of the hat toward their descendants by adeptly covering Phish's "Sample in a Jar.") In general, the band has better luck with covers than originals, with the Band's "Rag Mama Rag" kicking things into gear with elbow-swinging gusto. Bands with three decades behind them can either settle into a stupor or hone their sound into something that's focused yet flexible. Fortunately for Little Feat followers, this gang falls into the latter bunch. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

This is a must have for Feat Fans!
Kelli Lynch
This album just plain kicks *** Well, I do wan this to be a family readable review, so you can put your own words there!
Mitchell Small
Little Feat's most recent release, Chinese Work Songs offers quite a tasty sampling of songs.
G. J Wiener

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lowell George wrote in the liner notes to"The Last Record Album" that he just sat back and watched " the rest of the folk in the group bring forth an identity that represents the so-called musical statement about the whole being the sum total of its parts." Those parts have continued to produce some fine sounds on the latest Little Feat offering "Chinese Work Songs."
The performances here are first rate as always and Bill Payne & Paul Barrere continue as fine songwriters. Payne truly shines on "Just Another Sunday", a song co-written with Shaun Murphy which is reminiscent of "Representing the Mambo" and "Gringo." Barrerre teams with Fred Tackett to produce "Eula" and the infectious "Marginal Creatures."
The surprise here may be the inclusion of four cover tunes (none by Allen Toussaint). Dylan's "It takes a lot to Laugh..." has been a staple of Feat's recent live shows & really highlights Shaun Murphy's vocals. And "Rag Mama Rag" sounds as if Robbie Robertson wrote the tune with Feat in mind.
All in all, this CD is a winner. Let's hope that rock radio can see beyond "Dixie Chicken" and give "Chinese Work Songs" a spin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2000
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Little Feat's latest rates with Ain't Had Enough Fun as the finest studio work by the 30-year-old-and-still-going-strong Little Feat. The original material is as good as ever, and the 4 'cover' tunes can hardly be called 'covers' at the hands of this band - they soar. Recent touring dates by LF members with Phil Lesh and Bob Dylan are developing a new generation of Feat Fans. Check out the 'modern rock' feel of Feat's rendition of Phish's Sample In A Jar... too cool! Great latin grooves in the original tune 'Just Another Sunday', authentic country texture in 'Gimme A Stone' - all in addition to every song having that signature funky/jazz/cajun Little Feat groove. This band does it all, and continues to dare the corporate radio/music industry to find them. You won't tire of this CD...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Crain on July 22, 2000
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Well, with the Band pretty much gone, I have to turn to Little Feat (whose second wind was much better than the Band's). Chinese Work Songs marks their 30 year mark and what can one say but wow. Hardly any band who has been around for this long can sound this great (something that even my beloved Rolling Stones can't claim). And while I know and everyone knows that this Little Feat little resembles the quartet that was formed by Lowell George in 1970, their transformation from trippy southern rock-country-blues band to awesome roadhouse unit is a refreshing one. I would hate for anyone in the band to attempt to write the surrealist lyrics that Lowell could throw off in his prime. It was a smart move for them to realize just what their limitations were and forge ahead. And really, despite the bizarre lyrics, they can still do just about anything they could in the past. What is important that Little Feat still puts out great music! It is music that you can turn on without having to skip any tracks muttering vague phrases about retirement and poor musicianship. This album proves all of that in spades. Turning in one of their tightest albums of recent years, the Feat throw off four covers that really cook (especially Phish's Sample in a Jar and the Band's Rag Mama Rag.) The originals are great, too, with Shaun Murphy topping her Hoy Hoy performance with Rio Esperanza and the band really rocking with Eula. Sometimes, they throw off a clunker (Tattoo Heart isn't so swift) but it is a mere detour in the beautiful rocking road that is Little Feat. I may never tire of this band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Williams on June 21, 2000
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This is great stuff! I was a little disappointed with "Under The Radar" but The gang has come back strong with this one. All the fun is back with songs like "Gimme a Stone" and "Rag Mama Rag." Great musicianship as usual! If you are a Feat fan of old ... GET THIS CD! Not quite as good as "Let It Roll" or "Ain't Had Enough Fun" but a good one nonetheless! Great covers of The Band, Phish and Bob Dylan. Cajun Rock at it's best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on July 30, 2000
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Little Feat's most recent release, Chinese Work Songs offers quite a tasty sampling of songs. The title track carefully employs some neat Chinese instrumental stylings mixed in within some raunchy driving rock n roll. The rhythms from song to song are all quite captivating as the band shows no limit in expanding their style. Probably the highlight of the record is Richie Hayward's charming vocal delivery on Gimee A Stone. Shaun Murphy is in ultra fine form on all her vocals lead or harmony.
I refrain from giving this collection five stars because the songs are just not on the same level as Dixie Chicken, Sailing Shoes, Let It Roll, or the more recent Aint Had Enough Fun. The hooks on the seven originals just are not as captivating as Rock N Roll Everynight, Cadillac Hotel, Heaven's Where You Find It, and Romance Without Finance from the previously mentioned Aint Had Enough Fun disc. And Dixie Chicken's best tracks just blow this stuff away. Don't get me wrong, these songs are all pretty good. But its just not of the Legendary Satus that these guys/lady have done in the past. If you are a die hard feat fan, pcik this one up as you can't go wrong.
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