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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B0019OP0KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fat Man In The Bathtub - featuring Dave Matthews and Sonny Landreth
2. Something In The Water - featuring Bob Seger
3. Dixie Chicken - featuring Vince Gill and Sonny Landreth
4. See You Later Alligator - featuring Jim Mayer
5. Champion of the World - featuring Jimmy Buffett
6. The Weight - featuring Bela Fleck and Mike Utley
7. Don't Ya Just Know It
8. Time Loves A Hero - featuring Jimmy Buffett
9. Willin' - featuring Brooks and Dunn
10. This Land is Your Land
11. Oh Atlanta - featuring Chris Robinson
12. Spanish Moon - featuring Vince Gill
13. Trouble - featuring Inara George
14. Sailin' Shoes - featuring Emmylou Harris
15. (Bonus) I Will Play for Gumbo featuring Sam Bush - Little Feat & Friends

Editorial Reviews

Little Feat's new release showcases the very best of their 40 year long career with a stellar list of guest stars (Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Chris Robinson, Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Sonny Landreth, Mike Gordon (Phish), Jim Mayerand Inara George (Bird and the Bee)), capturing all the energy of one of rock's great live bands.

Customer Reviews

So, in my opinion, this really an album unto itself and not just rehashed Feat material.
Dokter123
Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Brooks & Dunn are popular and well respected artists whose styles of music will appeal to many.
Colin Spence
Everytime I listen to this disc I find something that just makes me shake my head in appreciation.
T. Witanek

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on August 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I greeted the release of this album with some apprehension. Established artists have been known to enlist the support of 'friends' in an attempt to make their music more acceptable to a 'contemporary' audience, and this has sometimes resulted in performances which oldskool fans find less than palatable. 'Join the Band' might bring LF to the attention of a wider audience but, from even a cursory glance at the credits, it should be obvious that these collaborations are not a ploy to entice the post-pubescent iPod toting brigade into the 'featster' fold.

LF are an outstanding rock band - the quality of their playing has rarely failed to impress me (I have 12 of their albums), and this album is no exception. Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Brooks & Dunn are popular and well respected artists whose styles of music will appeal to many. Their vocal contributions lend an unmistakable country/soft-rock flavour to the album and some listeners might welcome this; but I don't buy LF albums to hear this type of music - it somehow doesn't sound 'quite right' to me (and I don't need 'two degrees in be-bop' or a 'PhD in swing' to be able to say this) - mind you, this is coming from someone who thinks Craig Fuller never sounded 'quite right' either. On the other hand, I should emphasize that there is some phenomenal playing on this album - not only by the regular band members, but also from Sonny Landreth (electric slide), Vince Gill (acoustic guitar), Bela Fleck (banjo) and Sam Bush (fiddle/mandolin).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George II on August 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Since Little Feat re-formed after a 10-year hiatus following the death of cofounder Lowell George, the band has expanded its repertoire in a variety of directions. Join The Band is the culmination of decades of exploration and collaboration (without undue alliteration). What JTB lacks in new original material it makes up for with fresh makeovers of classics, along with Featerized covers displaying enormous range and virtuosic musicianship. These sessions were hosted by Jimmy Buffett in his Shrimp Boat Sound studio in Key West, and there is a laid-back feel on some tracks. But there's also a freewheeling vibe -- it sounds like making this album was a boatload of fun.

Among the Feat classics, Dave Matthews growls and yowls through a slow but soulful Fat Man in the Bathtub, and Sonny Landreth pays tribute to Lowell's legendary slide guitar on Dixie Chicken -- the shortest serving since 1973. The funky Spanish Moon is more stretched out. Vocals are shared by Feat percussionist Sam "Big Willie Johnson" Clayton, former Feat singer Craig Fuller and guest Vince Gill. The spooky jam is as close as JTB gets to the live Feat sound. On the other hand, the much loved and covered Willin' gets the full country flavor of Brooks & Dunn. If they still have jukeboxes in truckstops, this version is made to order.

The highlight in the remake category is Sailin' Shoes. The first section sounds familiar, with a surprisingly earthy Emmylou Harris trading vocals with an inspired Shaun Murphy. Then it accelerates into the up-tempo version originated by bluegrass wizard Sam Bush on fiddle, joined by Bela Fleck on banjo and Featster Fred Tackett on mandolin. If they don't get your toes tappin', please consult a physician immediately.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Smiley on August 26, 2008
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What a great surprise to see this collection from one of THE great seminal bands of the 70's. Superb new treatments of the greats like Dixie Chicken, Willin', Oh Atlanta, and Time Loves a Hero, and other chestnuts from the era like This Land is Your Land and The Weight. With help from the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill, Dave Matthews, Sonny Landreth, Chris Robinson, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, and Brooks and Dunn, this will be one of the most listenable releases this summer. If you just like to listen how far good material can go in the hands of great artists, the collection is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OH Packerfan on September 9, 2008
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There are some really great re-imaginings of some Little Feat songs here. Some take on new life in the hands of different singers, w all new arrangements. Others are good, but not great, and there are a few that really don't add anything at all.

Some of the highlights include

***** Fat Man in the Bathtub - w Dave Matthews: Completely different feel. Dave's low gravelly growl is different that Lowell's (still miss him, nearly 30 years later), but it works well, particularly w this arrangment.
**** Oh, Atlanta - w Chris Robinson: This one is not dramatically different in terms of arrangement, but Chris Robinson's vocals rock.
**** The Weight - w Bela Fleck. Feels a little rushed, but this is one of my alltime favorites, & I'm glad to hear Feat record it. One thought: they had Sam Bush around, why not have him play mando instead of Fred on this one?
***** Time Loves a Hero - w Jimmy Buffett: I'm not a huge Parrothead, but Jimmy really was made for this song.
***** Trouble - w Inara George: Inara does a great job balancing all the melancholy and sweetness in this song. A bittersweet, but lovely, tribute to her dad.
***** Sailin' Shoes: w Emmylou, Sam Bush & Bela Fleck: I'm a huge Newgrass Revival fan, so hearing Sam & Bela, along w some great earthy vocals by Emmylou. Sam has done this for years, though this one is bluesier than his, until they kick it into gear at about the 2:55 mark.

Something in the Water (Seeger), Dixie Chicken (Vince Gill), Willin' (Brooks & Dunn) & I will play for Gumbo were all good, if not particularly exceptional.

This disk could have lost at least 2 and as many as 4 tracks. Why did they bother w See you Later Alligator or Don't Ya Just know it, which do not include any outside participants?
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