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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 (October 23, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B0097AQEMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Little Feat's debut may have been a great album but it sold so poorly, they had to either broaden their audience or, in all likelihood, they'd be dropped from Warner. So, Sailin' Shoes is a consciously different record from its predecessor - less raw and bluesy, blessed with a varied production and catchier songs. That still doesn't make it a pop record, since Little Feat, particularly in its first incarnation, was simply too idiosyncratic, earthy and strange for that. It is, however, an utterly thrilling, individual blend of pop, rock, blues and country, due in no small part to a stellar set of songs from Lowell George. If anything, his quirks are all the more apparent here than they were on the debut, since Ted Templeman's production lends each song its own character, plus his pen was getting sharper. George truly finds his voice on this record, with each of his contributions sparkling with off-kilter humor, friendly surreal imagery and humanity, and he demonstrates he can authoritatively write anything from full-throttle rock & roll ("Teenage Nervous Breakdown"), sweet ballads ("Trouble," a sublimely reworked "Willin'"), skewered folk ("Sailin' Shoes"), paranoid rock ("Cold, Cold, Cold") and blues ("A Apolitical Blues") and, yes, even hooky mainstream rock ("Easy to Slip," which should have been the hit the band intended it to be). That's not to discount the contributions of the other members, particularly Bill Payne and Richie Hayward's "Tripe Face Boogie," which is justifiably one of the band's standards, but the thing that truly stuns on Sailin' Shoes is George's songwriting and how the band brings it to a full, colorful life. Nobody could master the twists and turns within George's songs better than Little Feat, and both the songwriter and his band are in prime form here.

Customer Reviews

The last 3 songs are just a tad bit forgettable for me to give a full 5.
Parkansky
His slide playing is great throughout, particularly on "Tripe Face Boogie" and he also plays a mean harmonica on "A Apolitical Blues."
John Alapick
One of the best albums ever by one of the most underrated, underappreciated and unheard of bands of all time.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on June 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The history of Little Feat consists of three phases: The first two albums, including this one, constitutes phase one, when they were at their most creative, veering between the worlds of Ry Cooder and Frank Zappa to create the freshest sounds they could think of. Sailin' Shoes churns with musical energy, layers of guitars and keyboards tweaked for maximum enjoyment, supporting lyrics that were both quirky and wise. Phase two, which is when they built their fan base, runs from Dixie Chicken thru Waiting for Columbus, and the death of founder Lowell George in about 1979. This is the sound they are most known for, when they gained the singularly inapt term "Southern Fried," as if this band had something to do with Marshall Tucker or Lynard Skynard. There is great music in this phase, but each album became more mannered and less inspired than the one preceeding it. No question, the band suffered from Lowell's bad habits, declining health, and reduced commitment to writing. But fat, drunk, stoned and creatively blocked as he might have been, during this period Lowell still gave the band a unique spark. Now they are in their third phase, as kind of a career party band known mostly for putting on a fun show. Nothing wrong with that, but if you like today's Little Feat, do yourself a favor and reach back into 1972 for the creative flash that started it all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Crain on July 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Building on the brilliant musicianship of their excellent debut, Little Feat released their sophomore effort, "Sailin' Shoes," one of their finest efforts ever. A tightly constructed release with not a bum track in sight, "Sailin' Shoes" is an even better album than their debut partly because of the more relaxed nature that was on hand after the critical acclaim that was awarded "Little Feat." In this package, the Feat outdid themselves with a reworking of Lowell George's truck driving ballad "Willin'" and they also put down "Trouble," one of their best ballads ever. Also in the selection are the clever "Texas Rose Cafe (one of my favorites)," the concert staple title track and the radio hit "Easy To Slip." Alas, despite the strong critical acclaim, the poor sales contributed to one of the many Feat breakups and bassist Roy Estrada went back to the Mothers of Invention and then to Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. Remaining members Lowell George, Richie Hayward and Bill Payne pressed on...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on January 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a collection of songs, this might be Little Feat's strongest effort ever. Americana Rock in the general vein of Moby Grape, The Band or American-Beauty era Dead.

While the songs are great, this record's secret weapon lies in the fact that you kind of slip into it's groove and before you know it, a collection of rather short songs becomes a groove album! This doesn't happen on most Little Feat albums due to their more mercurial nature in styles.

The original version of the almost-standard "Willin'" is here too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jan Wiberg on September 26, 2004
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Even if you have ever experienced a band showing on their second album what they're truly made of, compared to a debut that was obvious fumbling for the right style and strongness of songwriting, you will be surprised when listening to Little Feat's first two albums in chronological order. OK, perhaps not style in this case, as the Feats already had their style - it just took a second album to develop it to the max.

And what a festive table we have here: instantly likeable pop/rock, bluesy rock, country blues, piano boogie, country, raw blues, a ballad, and a furious rocker - the first eight tracks! The moment you hear the fabulous intro of "Easy to Slip", you know that "Sailin' Shoes" is the record to put on when you want to introduce Little Feat to someone who has probably never even heard of the band. Even "Willin'" sounds better than on the eponymous debut - it's not as gritty, but it certainly does good to your ears. And "Teenage Nervous Breakdown", which I've happened to read quite a lot of negative comments about (even George himself hated it, according to the sleeve notes of "Hoy-Hoy"), kicks like a bull in a rodeo arena.

The last three songs are, to put it bluntly, unimpressive and a bit boring, but I won't let that affect my rating. It's hard to write even eight great songs for an album, let alone 11.

Newcomers should start here, then collect the rest of the 70's LF albums in any order they happen to come across them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on November 11, 2004
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Sailin' Shoes is Little Feat's second album and arguably the best collection of songs the band ever released. Although their sound isn't nearly as eclectic here as that of future albums such as Feats Don't Fail Me Now or The Last Record Album, every track here is great with Lowell George penning some of the best material of his too short life and career.

The opening track "Easy To Slip", which was later covered by Bob Weir, is one of their most underrated songs. "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" is the band at their most energetic. Bill Payne's "Got No Shadow" and the bluesy "Cat Fever" are both great and his piano playing on the album, especially on the excellent "A Apolitical Blues", is top notch. "Tripe Face Boogie", penned by Payne and drummer Richie Hayward, is also outstanding. But this is clearly Lowell George's show as many of the songs here such as the truckin' anthem "Willin'", the title track, and the country flavored "Trouble" are among his best. His slide playing is great throughout, particularly on "Tripe Face Boogie" and he also plays a mean harmonica on "A Apolitical Blues." Other strong tracks here include "Cold, Cold, Cold" and "Texas Rose Cafe", which starts out as rollicking but then enters into a short fusion jam during the middle which hints at their future jazz explorations. All told, this is an outstanding album and along with Dixie Chicken and their live album Waiting For Columbus is their best work. Highly recommended.
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