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Rooster Rag

Little FeatVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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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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  • Vinyl (July 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0084DZ0NC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Church Fallin Down
2. One Breath at a Time
3. Candyman
4. Blues Keep Comin
5. Mellow Down Easy
6. Rooster Rag
7. Salome
8. Just a Fever
9. Rag Top Down
10. Jamaica Will Break Your Heart
11. Tattoo Girl
12. Slippin and Slidin

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rooster Rag - no rust on that bird! June 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The tradition continues... Don't miss this! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one out of the park June 26, 2012
By DonB
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Forward, Sounding Great!! 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!


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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints, that's not my nature July 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Tight Shoes for Little Feat
OK, a little more country than I was hoping for but there's some good tunes to be heard.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Feat, another outstanding effort by the boys.
Published 2 months ago by Deb Benedict
3.0 out of 5 stars Music is well done but the mastering....
It might be a bad idea to expect this to sound good on vinyl. I have a high end audio system and this sounds like a bad CD in terms of quality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bret L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the feat
Hoy Hoy these guys are the best at what they do always playing strong putting on good music and good times
Published 11 months ago by Gregg Rosenthal
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Say Goodbye
This was the most talented rock band - individually and combined - that I ever heard in my 45 years of experience as a DJ and concert photographer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Richard C. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band
Reminds of the old, earlier days of the band. Why they aren't in the Hall of Fame is beyond me.
Published 13 months ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Classic Feat
When I think of Little Feat there is a specific sound that comes to mind. This isn't it. This album has the standard musicianship expected from the group but the lyrics are a bit... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Smokin Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Feat sets the standard
I'm a big Little Feat fan and this CD did not disappoint. This group has been together for so long they mesh together perfectly.
Published 15 months ago by EC Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say, it's Little Feat
This is Little Feat doing what they do. I love this CD. Tattooed Girl is my current favorite cut, but as soon as it is over and the next cut plays I am sure it will become my... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album that demonstrates they are still a band to be listened...
All the feat fans already have this album so I encourage those who haven't to purchase this album and enjoy. This band just keeps on ticking and is awesome to see live. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kevin D. Hares
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