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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • ASIN: B0044E9LWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 20, 2002
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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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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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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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I am a black man who went to an almost totally all white college in the midwest (kansas) to be exact. My first and what proved to be my only semester in college introduced me to southern rock hillbilly, boogie, muscle shoals gospel influenced music. Some of you know what I'm talking about? (Leon Russell, Doctor John, Bonnie Rait, and of course....Little Feat. My best friend at the time was a dj at a can ya dig it? ... a country diso! and he turned me on to Lowell George (May he rest in peace) and the 'Feat' I have been a fanatic ever since. This band who I was blessed to see live once in Kansas City were the very essence of a live band and instilled in me an appreciation for a certain style of musical interpretation that remains to this day. This album and the Feat Don't Fail Me Now LP along with Dixie Chicken are timeless examples of what it is supposed to sound like in the studio. Lowell George sure didn't look like the typical musical genius, but of course that was also the band's attraction. They weren't egotistical about their music and let it speak for them. What a tragic way for Lowell to leave us, but in a manner I am sure he would have wanted, on stage doing what he did so well. This album and this band's work circa Lowell should be classics and in recording museums.
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