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Editorial Reviews

Little Feat's new release showcases the very best of their 40 year long career with a stellar list of guest stars (Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Chris Robinson, Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Sonny Landreth, Mike Gordon (Phish), Jim Mayerand Inara George (Bird and the Bee)), capturing all the energy of one of rock's great live bands.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fat Man In The Bathtub - featuring Dave Matthews and Sonny Landreth
  2. Something In The Water - featuring Bob Seger
  3. Dixie Chicken - featuring Vince Gill and Sonny Landreth
  4. See You Later Alligator - featuring Jim Mayer
  5. Champion of the World - featuring Jimmy Buffett
  6. The Weight - featuring Bela Fleck and Mike Utley
  7. Don't Ya Just Know It
  8. Time Loves A Hero - featuring Jimmy Buffett
  9. Willin' - featuring Brooks and Dunn
  10. This Land is Your Land
  11. Oh Atlanta - featuring Chris Robinson
  12. Spanish Moon - featuring Vince Gill
  13. Trouble - featuring Inara George
  14. Sailin' Shoes - featuring Emmylou Harris
  15. (Bonus) I Will Play for Gumbo featuring Sam Bush - Little Feat & Friends


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy
  • ASIN: B0019OP0KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I greeted the release of this album with some apprehension. Established artists have been known to enlist the support of 'friends' in an attempt to make their music more acceptable to a 'contemporary' audience, and this has sometimes resulted in performances which oldskool fans find less than palatable. 'Join the Band' might bring LF to the attention of a wider audience but, from even a cursory glance at the credits, it should be obvious that these collaborations are not a ploy to entice the post-pubescent iPod toting brigade into the 'featster' fold.

LF are an outstanding rock band - the quality of their playing has rarely failed to impress me (I have 12 of their albums), and this album is no exception. Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Brooks & Dunn are popular and well respected artists whose styles of music will appeal to many. Their vocal contributions lend an unmistakable country/soft-rock flavour to the album and some listeners might welcome this; but I don't buy LF albums to hear this type of music - it somehow doesn't sound 'quite right' to me (and I don't need 'two degrees in be-bop' or a 'PhD in swing' to be able to say this) - mind you, this is coming from someone who thinks Craig Fuller never sounded 'quite right' either. On the other hand, I should emphasize that there is some phenomenal playing on this album - not only by the regular band members, but also from Sonny Landreth (electric slide), Vince Gill (acoustic guitar), Bela Fleck (banjo) and Sam Bush (fiddle/mandolin).
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Since Little Feat re-formed after a 10-year hiatus following the death of cofounder Lowell George, the band has expanded its repertoire in a variety of directions. Join The Band is the culmination of decades of exploration and collaboration (without undue alliteration). What JTB lacks in new original material it makes up for with fresh makeovers of classics, along with Featerized covers displaying enormous range and virtuosic musicianship. These sessions were hosted by Jimmy Buffett in his Shrimp Boat Sound studio in Key West, and there is a laid-back feel on some tracks. But there's also a freewheeling vibe -- it sounds like making this album was a boatload of fun.

Among the Feat classics, Dave Matthews growls and yowls through a slow but soulful Fat Man in the Bathtub, and Sonny Landreth pays tribute to Lowell's legendary slide guitar on Dixie Chicken -- the shortest serving since 1973. The funky Spanish Moon is more stretched out. Vocals are shared by Feat percussionist Sam "Big Willie Johnson" Clayton, former Feat singer Craig Fuller and guest Vince Gill. The spooky jam is as close as JTB gets to the live Feat sound. On the other hand, the much loved and covered Willin' gets the full country flavor of Brooks & Dunn. If they still have jukeboxes in truckstops, this version is made to order.

The highlight in the remake category is Sailin' Shoes. The first section sounds familiar, with a surprisingly earthy Emmylou Harris trading vocals with an inspired Shaun Murphy. Then it accelerates into the up-tempo version originated by bluegrass wizard Sam Bush on fiddle, joined by Bela Fleck on banjo and Featster Fred Tackett on mandolin. If they don't get your toes tappin', please consult a physician immediately.
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What do you mean "Rate This"? All stars jamming with one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time!! Sonny Landreth, Bob Seger, and Vince Gill, to name a few. 5 stars isn't enough! BTW, I wish Vince Gill would tour with Little Feat!!!
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Every song except one that is also on Waiting for Columbus makes me wish I was listening to the Waiting for Columbus version. Only "Time Loves a Hero" with Jimmy Buffet seems to work better. And I love some of the artists they used on those songs (Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Chris Robinson, Bela Fleck- heck yeah) Some of the others are treasures - including "SOmething in the water" with Seger singing - "See you later alligator", "The Weight", and "Trouble". Non-essential fun for Feat fanatics.
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This album is wonderful. Little Feat does sing in a couple of the songs. I have listened to this band for 16 years and have always been a little skeptical when dealing with tribute albums. I am telling you right now that this is worth the buy. The song Spanish Moon and Dave Matthews version of Fat Man in a Bathtub are enough to want to have this album. The rest of the songs are great as well. My only quarrel with this album is that it is a protected CD. I have numerous devices that I would like to have this on, but can only make it work on one. A licensing webpage pops up every time I try and transfer this album to more than one device.
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What a great surprise to see this collection from one of THE great seminal bands of the 70's. Superb new treatments of the greats like Dixie Chicken, Willin', Oh Atlanta, and Time Loves a Hero, and other chestnuts from the era like This Land is Your Land and The Weight. With help from the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill, Dave Matthews, Sonny Landreth, Chris Robinson, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, and Brooks and Dunn, this will be one of the most listenable releases this summer. If you just like to listen how far good material can go in the hands of great artists, the collection is a must.
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