Down Upon the Suwannee River Live
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The album begins with the funky "All That You Dream" which features excellent guitar work from Paul Barrere. The funky "Spanish Moon", featuring the soulful vocals of percussionist Sam Clayton, shows the band could still jam over a funky groove like no other. This leads right into a killer version of "Skin It Back" which blows the original away. The newer songs "Bed Of Roses" and "Big Bang Theory" as well as the classic "Sailin' Shoes" are all great tracks, particularly the latter which spotlight the great vocal interplay of Barrere and Shaun Murphy. And speaking of more live versions blowing away the original, "Cajun Girl" is fantastic, featuring an awesome mandolin solo from Fred Tackett. The killer jamming continues on their cover of the Band's "Rag Mama Rag" and the ultimate version of "Let It Roll" which features phenomenal solos from both Barrere and pianist Bill Payne.
And that was just the first disc!
Disc 2 concentrates more on the Little Feat classics. "Lafayette Railroad" is pure laid back jazz and features an emotional trumpet solo from Tackett. This leads to a 27-minute tour de force version of "Dixie Chicken." Everybody gets to show off their chops here, especially Payne and bassist Kenny Gradney. The tune stays pretty laid back until Barrere's fiery solo kicks in around the 20-minute mark while Gradney and drummer Richie Hayward lay down a killer groove.Read more ›
For those rating this album a two star effort, I'm not saying you are wrong. This album filled a void on one particular evening and it has been a favorite ever since.
One note - the track listing on the 2nd disc should probably have read Dixie Chicken intro, then Lafayette Railroad/Dixie Chicken, but that's a small thing.
I gave 4 stars because as good as this disc is, I'd say 1) Live From Neon Park is a bit better, and 2) they didn't offer half star increments.
I write this review belatedly, as I already owned the disc at the time of its original release, back in 2003. However, with the huge influx of bootleg Little Feat shows appearing in recent times, I thought it worthwhile to re-appraise this truly remarkable 2-disc set, as in all honesty, it really shines well above even their most recent live releases, ( yet alone the new(?) bootlegs appearing ), if only because it was for each band member, just one of those nights where taking a chance paid-off in a big way.
Musically, & sonically, it's the best I've ever heard them play, & I've got everything that they've ever put out & then some !!!
Everyone seems to want to compare later Little Feat releases against the Lowell George era albums of the 1970's, or in this instance, the later live releases against the famed "Waiting for Columbas", but I feel that it's important to take what's given on it's own merits, & find your own special moments within a recording, or you're only holding yourself back from growing, learning, & appreciating new things. "Waiting for Columbas" showed the world that the Feat can play there music better live, when compared to the studio albums. But what "Down Upon the Suwannee River" showcases, is a band that can turn their tunes inside out & keep both the listener & performer engaged for the whole duration of the show. The band only pulls-back-on-the-reigns for a brief sojourn with a fine rendition of Sailin' Shoes, & then the rest of the show continues on building momentum again, just like a train does after a brief stop, & before too-long the music is letting you check-out the scenery along the way once more. Remarkable improvisations from everyone on this album, from start to finish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not sure why comparisons to Waiting for Columbus abound in this venue; the two two-disc sets can't be compared, nor should they be. Read morePublished on July 5, 2006 by J. Conrad Guest
Don't listen to the naysayers in this review section. This is a superb concert recording of the "new" Little Feat. Read morePublished on May 1, 2005 by Rick Devore
This is a good but not great double CD set. Some decent editing would have helped because frankly not all the tracks are worthy of release. Read morePublished on February 13, 2004 by Mark Diamond