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Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat Box set

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4 CD Box Set

These 83 songs go a long way toward demonstrating how Little Feat evolved their hard-to-define but infectious swamp-rock, blues, and boogie sound. The final disc in the four-disc Hotcakes & Outtakes, dubbed "Studio Outtakes," offers up the very first demo tapes made by Lowell George, the mastermind of the group. Backed by keyboardist Billy Payne, drummer Richie Hayward, and bassist Roy Estrada (the first player to leave the band), George's down-and-dirty slide guitar and plaintive voice blend grit, intelligence, and humor. Combining an off-center Southern California rock sensibility (George and Estrada had both been members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention) with a love of New Orleans rhythms, Little Feat became a quintessentially American band. Songs from their classic albums are gathered here, as well as live recordings and tracks from the post-George era. After George died, the group took a hiatus in the 1980s before reforming; the third disc chronicles 1988 to '98 and shows that Little Feat are as distinctive as ever. The box includes notes by Bud Scoppa, interviews with the group's founding members, and a previously unseen painting by Neon Park, whose cover art graced a number of Little Feat albums. The definitive Feat overview, this is ideal for old fans and newcomers alike. --Wally Shoup

Disc: 1
1. Strawberry Flats
2. Hamburger Midnight
3. Easy To Slip
4. Cold, Cold, Cold
5. Trouble
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Disc: 2
1. Hi Roller
2. Time Loves A Hero
3. Rocket In My Pocket
4. Old Folks Boogie
5. Day At The Dog Races
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Hate To Lose Your Lovin'
2. Let It Roll
3. Hangin' On To The Good Times
4. Rad Gumbo
5. Texas Twister
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Disc: 4
1. Lightning-Rod Man
2. Crack In Your Door
3. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
4. Juliet
5. Jazz Thing In 10
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004WH6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Craig Pinson on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This collection of Little Feat has to be one of the highlights of the year. A group, who like Creedence was from California, but had a sound born of the swamp, is finally getting the treatment they have always deserved. Always known as a musicians band, Little Feat was hard to pigeonhole, thus they never got the radioplay they deserved. But a listen to the songs here will attest to the fact that this was a band who could cover many styles but always keep their sound. From the early tracks and outtakes of disc 4 to the live tracks from Waiting for Columbus, the Feat takes the listener on a musical journey. With Lowell Georges tasty slide to Bill Paynes keyboard work, to Richie Haywards controlled yet frantic drumming, you hear ragtime with Dixie Chicken, country with Willin`, and Southern Rock with Two Trains. Rhino should again be commended for another incredible set, so buy this and learn what Linda Ronstadt, The Doobie Brothers, and Bonnie Raitt have always knew. This band is the best, and with this set there is now no excuse.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gene Bruner on September 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Thirty years of sophisticated music is often more than any modern rock band is expected to accomplish, but Little Feat has spent the bulk of the last three decades offering the unexpected. This "box set" dovetails nicely with the band's last retrospective, "Hoy Hoy", that came out two years after the band's founder, Lowell George, died (1979). Since then, the band has gone their separate ways, reformed, re-tooled, and have rejuvinated a sound as authentic to our culture as buffalo nickles and velvet art work. "Hotcakes and Outtakes" provides a common ground for old and new fans to observe the rich, musical talents of a band that bravely never quite fit into any programmable radio format. The first three cd's offer a rich menu of the band's talents, humor, and innovative sound. Replete with an 80 page history of the band, the Little Feat story makes both sense and nonsense out of the band constantly in conflict, but totally dependent on the emotional traction each player brought to the table. However, it is the fourth cd that the die hard Little Feat fan will find the most gratifying. Here, demos and outtakes rule the day. It is a poignant reminder of a time when an entire band shunned sleek studio wizardry and produced simple nuts and bolts rock and roll. Lowell George, Billy Payne, Paul Barrer, Richie Heyward, Sam Clayton, Kenny Gradney, Shaun Murphy, Fred Tacket, and Craig Fuller all make up the tribe called Little Feat: a band intent on befuddling the record industry, and a band smart enough to go straight to their audience. Believe me, bands today could learn a few things from Little Feat.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Richard Arfin on September 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Hotcakes & Outtakes" is a must. Stop reading this review and buy it RIGHT NOW. Believe me, it's worth every penny plus a few you won't spend. If you're a fan of great bands (that is, The Meters, The Band, The Street Choir, L'il Band O' Gold), bands that are seamless, bands that have a collective groove that's so hot and so distinctive that it's a trademark sound. If you're a fan of intelligent lyrics and compact songwriting (that is, John Hiatt, Marshall Crenshaw, Steely Dan), this is the real thing - thinking person's ear candy. If you love bands that can jam (that is, The Grateful Dead, The Mothers of Invention, even Phish!), here it is. Little Feat was, and in a big way, is still one of the funkiest bands on the planet. The first two disks takes you through two incarnations of the band led by the late Lowell George, a true rock 'n roll original. To say that Lowell is missed is to minimize the feeling of absence. Like John Lennon or Phil Ochs, he was a revolutionary, a genius and an influence. DiskThree takes you into 1988, through the Craig Fuler years into the present Shaun Murphy Feat. All good stuff...very chooglin'. Disk Four is an amazing collection of demos and outtakes recently unearthed. This disk brings tears to my eyes. This is Little Feat heaven and Lowell George is playing Standing Room Only. This disk is worth the price of admission all by itself. Finally, thehistory of Little Feat by Bud Scoppa reads like a novel. The quotes and nuggets are all fascinating. In fact, Paul Barrere's notes on the new "old" recordings is great. It took me a few days to read all of it. The aretwork by Neon Park is in the best Feat tradition: it is a painting of Aunt Jemima wreaking revenge on the South by destroying Atlanta with laser pancakes. Great. Just great.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tweeedly Eeeedly on January 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First of all, the packaging is better than any boxed set I've ever owned or seen. Rhino deserves a lot of credit for making a package that any consumer would appreciate (wake up other record companies, this is how you add value to prereleased "product"). The writeup, graphics, photographs and sound quality are superb! Now for the songs: I like the emphasis on Lowell for Discs 1,2 and 4 - which I think is a good move. Some of the non Lowell penned songs are great as well (I was knocked out by "Day at the Dog Races" and "All that You Dream"). I must admit some of the others may never grow on me ("Gringo") - but this is also true of some of the later Lowell stuff "Jazz Stuff in 10"). Disc four is great, its interesting to hear how some of the songs developed, and there are some great tracks I've never heard before. Disc three has the slickest studio sound (Richie Hayward's drums sound superb) and may take the longest to grow on me. Although I think they should have taken more cuts from "Let it Roll" (a superb album proving that the band can still make great music), the tracks are quite nice (ie. "Borderline Blues"). I have no problem with the rotating lead singers (this was always a hallmark of the band), but I fear the other discs may make a case that the songwriting peak of the band may have passed. However, I don't think these musicians have passed their peak in terms of performers. My biggest criticism of disc three is that Paul Barrere sings most of the songs, and although he's good, I think Craig and Shaun brought something to the table that he doesn't. I saw Little Feat support the "Let it Roll" album, which remains the best concert I've ever seen and I'm glad they're still making music.Read more ›
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