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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 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0083F5IUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Candy Man Blues
2. Rooster Rag
3. Church Fallin Down
4. Salome
5. One Breath at a Time
6. Just A Fever
7. Rag Top Down
8. Way Down Under
9. Jamaica Will Break Your Heart
10. Tattooed Girl
11. The Blues Keep Coming
12. Mellow Down Easy

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2012 release, the 15th album of original material by the Blues Rock veterans. Rooster Rag is the band's first album of all new studio material since 20003's Kickin' It At The Barn. Four of the songs were written by former Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter in collaboration with keyboard player Bill Payne now the only musician to have played with every line-up of the group.

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And on Rooster Rag, they strut with their best.
Joe Kosack
This one is different than the others just like every album is different but it's always unmistakably Little Feat.
Old Fart
Little Feat is notorious for having some of the best album artwork of any band....ever!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bowden on June 26, 2012
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It's been 9 years since the last release of new material, and Little Feat is stronger than ever. Typically varied in styles, there is a cohesiveness to this record that shows to real strengths and maturity of the band. From the fun country-influenced title cut "Rooster Rag" to the sensual "Church Falling Down" to the filthy "Candy Man Blues" on through to the crunching groove of "Mellow Down Easy", this is a record that scores on all levels.

This is another classic from one the of most under-appreciated yet most influential bands in the world.

Great Stuff!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kosack on June 27, 2012
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Albums like this come along only so often. And when they come from one of America's best and longest running rock n' roll bands, you just have to stop for a moment and hear what the Feat are up to. They never disappoint in the studio or on stage. And on Rooster Rag, they strut with their best. The title track has a sweet Appalachian feel, with some smooth crooning by Bill Payne that will immediately reacquaint you with the band's talent and genre-switching tendencies. They switch gears regularly on this album. There's the hard-charging, tightly wound Just a Fever that dares you to sit still and leave the volume down. It's a freewheeling Paul Barrere showcase with an incredibly smashing beat that is augmented by Bill Payne's signature piano work, drummer Gabe Ford's fierce timekeeping and Fred Tackett's spicy mandolin work. Candyman Blues, a crowd favorite of the band's live performances for years, finally makes its debut on a studio album and it was worth the wait! It's been around since the 1920s, but has never been played quite like this! A must hear. So, too, is A Church Falling Down, a gem written and sung by Fred Tackett and punctuated by fine mandolin and slide guitar work and mesmerizing keyboard and percussion work. Listen for Kenny Gradney's looming bass; it truly fills out the song. But the ride isn't over after that. Not by a long shot. When you hear that blazing guitar at the start of One Breath at a Time, followed by the sweet harmonizing of Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere and Sam Clayton and some enchanting Hammond B3 support by Bill Payne you'll find yourself all funked up and dying for more. The album has so much more, and truly deserves your attention. Buy it if you love Little Feat. Buy it if you appreciate great music. Then close the doors and crank it up!! FEAT! Oh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DonB on June 26, 2012
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This band, over 40 years, has always been able to produce albums that I can listen to non-stop from start to finish. They did it again, not a clinker in the whole thing. Some great collaborations between Bill Payne and Robert Hunter!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Don In Fremont on June 30, 2012
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OK, here's the elevator speech:

ROOSTER RAG is the best Feat album since LET IT ROLL. Fred Tackett steps up huge, Bill Payne and Robert Hunter(yeah, THAT Hunter)are a great team, and Paul Barrere is dropping smokin' leads that would make Landreth "start to drool". GET THEE TO YOUR PREFERRED MUSIC SOURCE NOW!

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A lot has happened since the last studio album ('03's Kickin' It At The Barn): They lost a singer (We love ya, Shaun!).

And Richie Hayward passed away. Still hurts to say that.

The world continues to spin, however, and happily, Little Feat is spinning at near-perfect rotation.

Rooster Rag boils with all the flavors...lots of shifty funk, second-line goodness, courtesy of Richie's successor/protegee' Gabe Ford, and with the addition of the legendary Robert Hunter's lyrics, a whole new level of mythic joy.

The four songs carrying the Payne/Hunter moniker really do form the brains of the record, besides being full of Payne's signature harmonies and rhythms. Rag Top Down could be the voice of Time Love's A Hero's protagonist...in a weird alternate future.

Gotta say, though, the big star of the album is Fred Tackett. His voice has found a range that fits right in with Payne and Barrere, his songwriting is complex,with just the right flair for drama. "One Breath At A Time" is one of the songs that will hook you in right away, and there will be points in your day where you say to yourself, "Dang, I need to hear that NOW!" Church Burning Down works as both narration and allegory, a beautiful song from a giant heart. And later, he lays down some trumpet on Tattooed Girl, that is just, well, kind of blue.

But it's Paul Barrere, the Master Foo, that's bringing the most full-tilt track to the party.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William H. Maruca on July 6, 2012
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With this CD, Little Feat proves they are not just a nostalgia act. Surviving the loss of the world's funkiest drummer (Richie, you ain't gone) and contracting to a 6-piece after the departure of Shaun Murphy, they have refocused their songwriting and arranging prowess, with a few assists from Robert Hunter and the late Stephen Bruton. They originally intended to put out a collection of blues covers, but with new material this strong the covers were limited to the opening lascivious romp through Mississipi John Hurt's Candy Man Blues and Sam Clayton's playful growl on the closer, Little Walter's Mellow Down Easy, both fully Featified. In between you get the full scope of this band's diverse influences: the title track's echoes of The Band (Bill Payne's vocal resembling Rick Danko more than Levon Helm), spooky swamp funk and jazz from Fred Tackett (who has evolved into an effective singer in his own right) on Church Falling Down and Tatooed Girl, to another patented Feat driving anthem in Rag Top Down, some Texas swagger in Just a Fever, great Sonny Landreth-style zydeco in Salome, a second line beat propelling the driving guitars and wry vocal interplay in One Breath at a Time, a bit of Bruce Hornsby-style jazz rock in Bill Payne's Way Down Under, and some clever jams in Tackett's Jamaica Will Break Your Heart and the Bill Payne/Gabe Ford composition The Blues Keep Coming.

This CD harkens back to the rootsy first two Feat albums, and the prevalence of Bill Payne's vocals recalls the mid-70s period where he shared the spotlight with founder Lowell George. The later evolution of the band and it's jazz and funk explorations are well represented as well.
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