Little Feat “Waiting For Columbus”

This is a live album from 1978, again with a Neon Park cover, this one is a woman with a tomato head in a hammock, and it’s pretty great. A lot of what’s bad about this record, though, is the same as what is bad about all the live records of the 1970s– long stretches of loving applause and then someone in the band saying something inane like, “You people are crazy. ” It’s embarrassing.

What’s best on this record is once in awhile they get into a real groove that you don’t hear on the studio stuff. What’s worst about it is Bill Payne going into wankyland with his synthesizers– just the kind of stuff you wish you never had to hear. Somehow I can forgive Garth Hudson for coming up with the same sounds, maybe just because it’s better– but that is still The Band at their worst. But this stuff– it makes a lot of the album unlistenable, or is at best,  boring.

The song “Willin’,” which I believe is from their first record, is the high point for me.

2 Responses to “Little Feat “Waiting For Columbus””

  1. 1 paulbogan
    March 31, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    What a great album… especially “Fat Man In the Bathtub,” “All that you Dream,” and “Dixie Chicken.” I agree about the keyboard noodling; makes ’em sound like ELP crossed with the Allman Brothers sometimes. And yes, the noodly bits of The Band aren’t exactly their highlights.

  2. April 1, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Yeah, I do like those songs a lot– I think those are some of the moments where they get into that heavy extended groove you just don’t hear that often on recorded music. I really do like “Fat Man in the Bathtub.” I’ve always really loved Lowell George and thought about him as kind of the ultimate musician to aspire to– I don’t mean about dying young– but the way I feel like he was connected to that music.

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