11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Little Feat’s second album, from 1972, is a dusty trove of loose-limbed blues, flinty R&B, and essential rock ’n’ roll. It finds a band heading down a road littered with seamy truck stops and beat motels. It speaks in literate ways of living on biker speed, bad weed, and cheap wine. It’s like there was some great American mythic living inside the head of frontman Lowell George: a guy looking for freedom who wrote and sang songs because he knew there was nothing else in life for him. (To hear just how dicey that existence was, listen to the anthemic opener, “Easy to Slip”). And “Willin’,” which documents a trucker’s life, is one of the most beautiful rock songs of freedom ever recorded (there’s a spare, haunting version on it on their debut album). Then the jittery “Teenage Nervous Breakdown” sounds like George had invited his teenage self along to the recording sessions. The slow-boogie groove and guitars of “Cold, Cold, Cold” are so authentic-sounding that the song takes you straight into the Bukowskian existence it describes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Little Feat’s second album, from 1972, is a dusty trove of loose-limbed blues, flinty R&B, and essential rock ’n’ roll. It finds a band heading down a road littered with seamy truck stops and beat motels. It speaks in literate ways of living on biker speed, bad weed, and cheap wine. It’s like there was some great American mythic living inside the head of frontman Lowell George: a guy looking for freedom who wrote and sang songs because he knew there was nothing else in life for him. (To hear just how dicey that existence was, listen to the anthemic opener, “Easy to Slip”). And “Willin’,” which documents a trucker’s life, is one of the most beautiful rock songs of freedom ever recorded (there’s a spare, haunting version on it on their debut album). Then the jittery “Teenage Nervous Breakdown” sounds like George had invited his teenage self along to the recording sessions. The slow-boogie groove and guitars of “Cold, Cold, Cold” are so authentic-sounding that the song takes you straight into the Bukowskian existence it describes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

neiltheblaze ,

Lowell George at his best

This was the first Little Feat album I ever heard. I had bought it based on a review I read, and some good things I'd heard about the group. I remember getting home, putting on the record, and from the opening notes of "Easy to Slip", I was pretty much hooked. I played the album three times in a row, with only a supper break - and the following payday, marched on down to the record store and bought their first album too. (Apparently, I was one of those 11,000 people who bought it on vinyl - can't believe it didn't do better!)

Slightly off topic - but where the heck is "Dixie Chicken"? I can't find it on iTunes - and while I've got a special place in my heart for this one, "Dixie" is a fantastic record. Is there some contractual problem or something? An oversight? What gives? If you ever make it available, I'll buy it.

Gracie Cobb ,

Lowell and Company...

Light another cigarette and try to remember to forget....Lowell George at his best...Classic album...

Anithero64 ,

classic

This is a great album. A seamless combination of straight ahead rock and roll, blues, r&b, gospel, and country. Hail hail Lowell George!!

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