Little Feat - As Time Goes By: The Very Best of Little Feat LP
(Warner Bros., 1986)
“Little Feat is typically categorized as ”southern rockers”, and indeed their music is rooted in the blues, but it also combines many diverse elements and influences into original sound that escapes easy description. Despite several excellent albums, Little Feat remains one of the great unknown bands of our time.
Little Feat was formed in 1969 in Los Angeles by ex – Mother Of Invention member Lowell George and keyboard player Billy Payne along with drummer Richie Hayward and bassist Roy Estrada.
Lowell’s rough edged blues singing and innovative slide guitar work made record executives pay attention and Little Feat landed a recording deal with Warner. Their self-titled debut album came out in 1971 and featured the classic ”Willin”. Its follow-up, Sailing Shoes was released the next year and while both albums garnered critical acclaim, they sold poorly which eventually led to Roy Estradas departure from Little Feat and the band temporarily breaking up.
In 1972 Little Feat got back together by replacing Estrada with Kenny Gradney, adding Paul Barrere as third guitarist and Sam Clayton on percussion. With this new expanded lineup Feats released their most successful studio album so far, Dixie Chicken, in 1973 and Feats Don’t Fail Me Now in 1974.
The Last Record Album was the final studio recording Lowell George fully participated as his interest leaned towards a solo career.
Lowell George died of an heart attack in June 1979 and Little Feat officially broke up after releasing Down On The Farm later that same year.” - Pure Southern Rock