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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not too long after their successful 1988 comeback, Let It Roll, Little Feat quietly morphed into a working band, one that made its name via its gigs, not its records. New albums popped up -- some better than others, none all that bad -- but their strength was the stage, where they relied on that incomparable catalog of chestnuts, occasionally dropping a newer tune into rotation. They've been jamming on these songs so long that it's no big deal that they've invited a group of friends -- some old, some new, some inexplicable -- to play those songs, along with some other great jammable tunes, like Bobby Charles' immortal "See You Later Alligator" and the Band's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not too long after their successful 1988 comeback, Let It Roll, Little Feat quietly morphed into a working band, one that made its name via its gigs, not its records. New albums popped up -- some better than others, none all that bad -- but their strength was the stage, where they relied on that incomparable catalog of chestnuts, occasionally dropping a newer tune into rotation. They've been jamming on these songs so long that it's no big deal that they've invited a group of friends -- some old, some new, some inexplicable -- to play those songs, along with some other great jammable tunes, like Bobby Charles' immortal "See You Later Alligator" and the Band's deathless "The Weight," which does lend itself self to communal singalongs from the Staple Singers to Weezer. If the title itself isn't a tip-off, communal singalongs are the name of the game here, as everybody kicks back and cheerfully warbles through a good selection of songs, never quite reworking them -- well, apart from a sorely misguided attempt to skew "Fat Man in the Bathtub" toward Dave Matthews' loping worldbeat style -- but rather playing them one more time, sometimes with feeling. More often, they play with a sleepy comfort, slipping these songs on like flip-flops that may be kicking around two summers too long. Depending on who's along for the ride, this vacillates between overly familiar and happily friendly, with some longtime friends inspiring a lazy stroll (Jimmy Buffett, who lent his studio for this project, dozes through his pair) while others nudge the band into second gear (Vince Gill kicks up some dust on "Dixie Chicken" and "Spanish Moon"). Join the Band is bottom-loaded something fierce, as it concludes with Emmylou Harris leading Feat, Béla Fleck, and Sam Bush through a down 'n' dirty "Sailin' Shoes" that harks back to Lowell George at his most cheerfully vulgar, while his daughter Inara turns in a delicate, lovely "Trouble" that's gently moving. And then there's Chris Robinson, who joins the group for Bill Payne's "Oh Atlanta," pushing the band toward the only cut that could be called "lively" here. It's a great reminder of how good a rock & roll band Little Feat were and can still be, but listening to the rangy good times on this one cut, it's hard not to wish that Robinson had just coaxed his brother into delivering a full-fledged Feat tribute with the Black Crowes instead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041773524
  • Catalog Number: 17735
  • Sales rank: 64,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fat Man in the Bathtub - Sonny Landreth (6:11)
  2. 2 Something in the Water - Bob Seger (3:19)
  3. 3 Dixie Chicken - Vince Gill (4:49)
  4. 4 See You Later Alligator (2:56)
  5. 5 Champion of the World (3:41)
  6. 6 The Weight - Béla Fleck (5:18)
  7. 7 Don't Ya Just Know It (3:43)
  8. 8 Time Loves a Hero (4:21)
  9. 9 Willin' (3:48)
  10. 10 This Land Is Your Land - Mike Gordon (4:17)
  11. 11 Oh Atlanta - Chris Robinson (3:57)
  12. 12 Spanish Moon - Craig Fuller (7:39)
  13. 13 Trouble - Inara George (2:39)
  14. 14 Sailin' Shoes - Béla Fleck (6:03)
  15. 15 I Will Play for Gumbo (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Feat Primary Artist
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Paul Barrére Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar, Soloist
Duncan Cameron Pedal Steel Guitar
Sam Clayton Conga, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Béla Fleck Banjo
Vince Gill Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Kenny Gradney Bass
Richie Hayward Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, national steel guitar
Jim Mayer Standup Bass, Slap Bass
Shaun Murphy Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Payne Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Seger Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar, Mandolin, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Michael Utley Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Inara George Vocals
Mike Gordon Bass
Alan Schulman Background Vocals
Brad Paisley Guitar
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
Jimmy Buffett Composer, Executive Producer
Paul Barrére Composer
Lowell George Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Martin Kibbee Composer
Steve Lowery Engineer
Mac McAnally Producer
Bill Payne Producer, Liner Notes
William Payne Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Chris Stone Engineer
Brian Vibberts Engineer
Craig Fuller Engineer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Will Kimbrough Composer
David Alan Kogut Art Direction
Chris Kress Engineer
Robert Guidry Composer
Alan Schulman Engineer
Jared Slomoff Engineer
Jeff Kersey Engineer
Roger Cole Engineer
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice choice of guest artist's!

    Good song pick's very fun as always, with Little Feat!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The best rendition of

    Spanish Moon I've ever heard. Dave Matthews voice on Fatman in the Bathtub is a one of a kind occurence. The guest artists are compelling and the songs grow and grow on you. I really enjoyed it.<BR/>vudu1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way Cool

    Fat Man and Spanish Moon are exceptional. The Weight and Something In the Water are a hoot. There is not a bad or even average tune on this CD. If you are a true Feats Fan you will Love these recordings. 6 Stars from K.C., Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Little Feat Rocks

    This stuff is great. I really love the new covers, See Ya Later Alligator and Jimmy Buffett's song, I Will Play For Gumbo, and Brooks &amp Dunn on Willin' is just chillin'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothin Little about it!!!!

    I am so glad to see this band back in the lime light!!! What an innovative idea to revive some great music. Little feat is the cake and the guest stars are the frosting! Little feat is living large baby!!! Put on your sailin shoes, run out and get it.

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    Posted October 16, 2008

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