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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 (April 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000631ED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Join The Band
2. Fat Man In The Bathtub
3. All That You Dream
4. Oh Atlanta
5. Old Folks' Boogie
6. Dixie Chicken
7. Tripe Face Boogie
8. Rocket In My Pocket
9. Time Loves A Hero
10. Day Or Night
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Willin'
2. Don't Bogart That Joint
3. Apolitical Blues
4. Sailin' Shoes
5. Feats Don't Fail Me Now
6. One Love Stand (Outtake)
7. Rock And Roll Doctor (Outtake)
8. Skin It Back (Outtake)
9. On Your Way Down (Outtake)
10. Walkin All Night (Outtake)
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Little Feat's classic 1978 live double album, reissued complete on 2 CDs with 10 bonus tracks, seven unissued (mostly unheard mixes)! That unreleased material joins such classic fare as Oh Atlanta; Dixie Chicken; Willin' , and Tripe Face Boogie one of the better live albums ever waxed.


This 1978 live album remains a serious contender for one of the best live rock albums ever etched, standing toe to toe with live classics from the Band, Allman Brothers, and the Who. Recorded during concerts in London and Washington, D.C., Waiting for Columbus vividly captures the L.A. sextet at a crossroads between its swampy mid-'70s fusion of blues, country, and New Orleans R&B, and the more eclectic jazz accents introduced later in the decade. If the late Lowell George's influence had diminished in the studio, his presence dominates here in rowdy, righteous vocals, the mercurial tang of his indelible slide guitar, and a set-list laced with his songs. While still riveting in its initial, abridged CD release, this remastered two-disc edition expands and resequences the songs into a full concert set, with encore. Two deleted tracks are further augmented by 10 additional performances to make this a definitive edition of a classic album that really will "boogie your speakers away." --Sam Sutherland

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Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus is easily one of the best live albums ever recorded.
John Alapick
I have been archiving my vinyl to CD for many reasons, one of which is the convenience of playing them in the car.
The second disk includes 2 songs omitted from the original release of the lp as a one disk set.

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are only a handful of essential live albums. A few that immediately come to mind are the Who's "Live at Leeds," the Stones' "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out" and the Allman Brothers'"At the Fillmore East." Included on that elite list is Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus."
What you hear on this expanded version of their 1978 release is a band at their peak. Lowell George's incendiary slide guitar playing, Bill Payne's rollicking keyboards, the funk of the Tower of Power horn section and the band's backlog of material make for a stunning live performance. Not only are "Don't Bogart That Joint" and "A Apolitcal Blues" restored to this reissue (deleted from the original vinyl release to accommodate a single CD), but a whopping ten outtakes are included, adding almost a full hour of music!
Of the outtakes on disc-2, tracks 6-10 were mixed for the original album, but not used. Tracks 13-15 first appeared on the odds and ends album "Hoy-Hoy!" According to the liner notes, tracks 11 and 12 apparently were never considered for use on either the original album or "Hoy-Hoy!" All outtakes were taken from the same series of concerts (The Rainbow Theatre in London and Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC) as the songs on the original album.
This is the last Little Feat album which had the full involvement of Lowell George. [George died before the completion of the disappointing follow-up studio album "Down on the Farm."] While a revamped Little Feat has been releasing albums for the past two decades, this is a must-have album from their classic lineup. ESSENTIAL
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having been a long time fan of this wonderful multi-talented band, when their double live vinyl album was released in 1978, it was with great excitement that it was whisked home to my rustic record player. The volume was turned up to 'unbearable' and the Dog spent his day listening to one of America's finest, laying down a live set that would curry a favorable impression with any band on the Planet. I happily state that ' Waiting for Columbus' should be up there with all the other great live albums of the seventies. But then what constitutes a great live album? It's clearly not the mere replication of a band's studio performances. That approach may satisfy the attending audience whilst proving how clever a band can be, although not showing any imagination or creativity. But what's the point of making a record of one that already exists? It's far more rewarding to experience a live album on which the boys really get stuck in and show what they can do when released from the confines of the studio, and all the Record Company 'suits' in attendance. Other examples include the Who's scorching 1970 document 'Live at Leeds', where" The Who" were able to show off what an inspiring and exhilarating Rock 'n' Roll band they were outside the confines of hit singles and Rock Operas, or "The Allman Brothers Band" at the Filmore East, when a band can expand the length of a song searching out every aspect of its outer regions.
What makes 'Waiting for Columbus' so memorable is that it seamlessly puts all the qualities of a great Live album into one neat little package. Upon it's first release there was perhaps a feeling of some regret that not the whole of a 'Little Feat's' set could be squeezed onto four sides of vinyl and a three album set would of been welcome, but then we should be happy with what we got.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Aurelius on February 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Yea, I know some people will already be clicking this review is of no help and comment about some live at this or that by some group from some period in their lives, but the reality is is that this is one smoking set. There's no way that you can listen through to this concert and wonder why you weren't following Little Feat around when Lowell George was still with us. The jam based Dixie Chicken is one of the few live recordings that makes the studio version pale in comparison; the live Atlanta just swings; Willin' never sounded better. (So glad Zappa gave George the boot for wanting to record this cut; now we can hear it the way it was conceived.) Great set, great solos, great vocals, and arguably the best live album ever.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William H. Maruca on April 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the 4th copy of WFC I have purchased. The original vinyl was my introduction to the band in 1978. I got the Mobile Fidelity vinyl and the earlier, abridged CD, but this "expanded edition" captures the Lowell George-era Little Feat at their finest. The sound is noticeably better, and the restoration of the edited tracks and fade of "Spanish Moon" is cool, but the real reason to buy another copy of this album is the bonus tracks. I have heard live versions of the bonus songs before and a couple of them popped up on the Hoy Hoy anthology, but these are the definitive versions (at least for this lineup). If you like this and want a taste of present day live Feat check out "Live from Neon Park." This band is alive and well over 30 years from its inception and will still knock your socks off.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Crain on July 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Not only is this one of the finest live recordings ever, it stands as a testament to the talent of the once great Lowell George. If you need one album to remind you why Lowell George was so important to the functionality of Little Feat, this is the one. Actually, though, this is the epitome of a group effot and every track clicks (especially "Dixie Chicken," "Fat Man in the Bathtub," "Sailin' Shoes," "Time Loves a Hero," and "Willin'"). The final bow of Lowell George with his beloved brainchild. By the way, the deleted songs, "Don't Bogart That Joint" and "Apolitical Blues" were released, oddly enough, on "The Last Record Album."
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