Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974)


  

Released August 1974

This was Little Feat's fourth album and builds on the solid foundations of "Dixie Chicken". People knew what their brand of rocking Southern blues was all about by now. This is one of their most confident, realised offerings.

TRACK LISTING

1. Rock 'n' Roll Doctor
2. Oh, Atlanta
3. Skin It Back
4. Down The Road
5. Spanish Moon
6. Feats Don't Fail Me Now
7. The Fan
8. Medley: Cold Cold Cold/Tripe Face Boogie

"Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" is a funky, swampy, bluesy slice of down 'n' dirty groove. It pretty much exemplifies Little Feat's music in one cut. "Oh, Atlanta" is a Status Quo-esque riffy Southern rocker that doesn't let up for is three minutes. It features some killer barroom piano in the middle. The guitar near the end is sublime too. A funky Meters-esque drum introduces the funky "Skin It Back". This is a great cut, with infectious rhythm and percussion. Some wonderful organ swirling around too.

"Down The Road" just drips with instinctive Little Feat soul/funk/rock. It is another track that sums up what they were as a highly influential band, in retrospect. Intoxicating bluesy guitar is all over this one. "Spanish Moon" has a great soulful sound to it. The horns are muscular and resonant. These albums have not been remastered but, you know, it doesn't matter, they sound great anyway. The title track is also packed full of bluesy rhythm with that boogie piano playing its part once again.

"The Fan" is a rock-ish, organ-driven groover. A bit proggy in places, would you believe. Quirkily appealing. Great drumming. Ditto guitar. The final "Medley", for some reason, includes two tracks from the "Sailin' Shoes" album from 1972. They sound good, though. A highly recommended album from a band at their peak.

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