Rock and Roll Doctor: Lowell George Tribute

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter for Little Feat, Lowell George was one of the biggest cult heroes of the '70s, creating a body of work that was deeply set within the blues tradition yet fiercely idiosyncratic and weird. It was the kind of music that earns a large cult following, but doesn't guarantee good covers, since its very quirkiness is among its most appealing traits. Basically, it's a question of matching the right artist with the right song, something that happens about half of the time on Rock N Roll Doctor A Tribute to Lowell George. By the time the tribute record was released in 1998, his "Willin'" had long been established as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the guitarist, vocalist and primary songwriter for Little Feat, Lowell George was one of the biggest cult heroes of the '70s, creating a body of work that was deeply set within the blues tradition yet fiercely idiosyncratic and weird. It was the kind of music that earns a large cult following, but doesn't guarantee good covers, since its very quirkiness is among its most appealing traits. Basically, it's a question of matching the right artist with the right song, something that happens about half of the time on Rock N Roll Doctor A Tribute to Lowell George. By the time the tribute record was released in 1998, his "Willin'" had long been established as a classic, the kind of song that could be covered by anyone -- along with "Dixie Chicken," it's one of the rare universal songs in George's catalog -- but Rock N Roll Doctor doesn't include either of those songs, or "Fat Man in the Bathtub." Instead, its 13 tracks are all relatively obscure, known to hardcore fans but not casual listeners, and this album is a record made by hardcore fans for hardcore fans. That doesn't mean it's necessarily all successful. Eddie Money wasn't really meant to sing the title track, and a couple of cuts, ironically including Little Feat's reworking of "Honest Man," are a bit too reverant to his memory the group erases that negative with a storming "Cold, Cold, Cold," performed as a duet with Bonnie Raitt. But the best songs -- the Bottle Rockets and David Lindley's "Rocket in My Pocket," Jackson Browne's "I've Been the One," Taj Mahal's "Feats Don't Fail Me Now," J.D. Souther's "Roll Um Easy," Allen Toussaint & Leo Nocentelli's "Tow Trains" and especially Randy Newman & Valerie Carter's "Sailing Shoes" -- demonstrate that George's songs can live on, provided that the artists perform them with as much imagination as he wrote them with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1998
  • Label: Cmc International
  • UPC: 060768624245
  • Catalog Number: 86242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cold Cold Cold - Bonnie Raitt (5:03)
  2. 2 Feets Don't Fail Me Now - Taj Mahal (3:18)
  3. 3 Roll Um Easy - J.D. Souther (3:04)
  4. 4 Rocket in My Pocket - The Bottle Rockets (4:03)
  5. 5 Sailin' Shoes - Valerie Carter (3:49)
  6. 6 I've Been the One - Jackson Browne (2:20)
  7. 7 Two Trains - Allen Toussaint (3:38)
  8. 8 Long Distance Love - Keisuke Kuwata (3:25)
  9. 9 Rock & Roll Doctor - Buddaheads (3:28)
  10. 10 Straight from the Heart - Chris Hillman & Jennifer Warnes (3:19)
  11. 11 Honest Man - Little Feat (4:52)
  12. 12 Spanish Moon - Ricky Lawson (4:38)
  13. 13 Trouble - Inara George (4:10)
  14. 14 Lowell's Voice (0:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Guitar, Track Performer
Chris Hillman Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Karla Bonoff Background Vocals
Jackson Browne Vocals, Track Performer
Ry Cooder Guitar
David Lindley Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Little Feat Track Performer
Eddie Money Track Performer
Randy Newman Vocals, Track Performer
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Accordion
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Jennifer Warnes Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
John Jorgenson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Phil Perry Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Barrére Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Valerie Carter Vocals, Track Performer
Clarence Clemons Saxophone
Jim Keltner Sampling
Raymond Anthony Myles Background Vocals
Jimmy Haslip Bass
The Bottle Rockets Track Performer
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Tony Braunagel Drums
Merry Clayton Background Vocals, Track Performer
Sam Clayton Percussion, Vocals
Jon Cleary Piano
Steve Duncan Drums
Kenny Edwards Background Vocals
Skip Edwards Keyboards
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Keyboards
Scott Goudeau Guitar
Kenny Gradney Vocals
Eunice Green Background Vocals
Ellis Hall Keyboards
Richie Hayward Drums, Vocals
Ira Ingber Organ, Guitar
Peter Kent Concert Master
Harry Kim Trumpet
Keisuke Kuwata Vocals, Track Performer
Ricky Lawson Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Drums
Tony Maiden Guitar
Don Markese Tenor Saxophone
Kevin McCormick Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Wil Miller Trumpet
Shaun Murphy Bass
Leo Nocentelli Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Payne Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
John Porter Guitar
Karie Prescott Viola
Carl Sealove Bass
J.D. Souther Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Track Performer
David Stenske Viola
Joe Sublett Saxophone
Fred Tackett Guitar
Allen Toussaint Vocals, Track Performer
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Mick Weaver Organ
John Wittenberg Violin
Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson Drums
Tom Ray Bass
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Larry Fulcher Bass
Brian Henneman Guitar, Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass
Jai Winding Piano
Jeffrey Young Organ
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Norman Ludwin String Bass
Ian Zenith Percussion, Drums
Tom Parr Guitar
Inara George Track Performer
Tracy Griffin Trumpet
Bobby Schneck Guitar, Background Vocals
Cory Reeves Alto Clarinet
Stephan "Kenyatta" Simon Percussion
Carlene Smith Background Vocals
America Butler Background Vocals
Alan Mirikitani Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Arlan Schierbaum Keyboards
Buddaheads Track Performer
Cory Sipper Background Vocals
Mark Ortman Drums
Charles Moore Bass
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Producer
Little Feat Producer
Van Dyke Parks Arranger, Producer
Bonnie Raitt Producer
Paul Barrére Composer
Lowell George Composer
Larry Lee Producer
Britt Bacon Engineer
Ed Cherney Producer
Mark Goldenberg Programming, Producer, Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Ross Hogarth Producer, Engineer
Ira Ingber Producer, Engineer
Martin Kibbee Liner Notes
Harry Kim Horn Arrangements
Ricky Lawson Arranger
Jay Dee Maness Contributor
Yoshiro Nagato Art Direction
Bill Payne Producer
Herb Pedersen Producer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
John Porter Producer
Robert Read Engineer
Brian Reeves Producer
Bob Salcedo Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Carl Sealove Digital Editing
Duane Seykora Engineer
J.D. Souther Producer
Fred Tackett Composer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Dennis Walker Producer
Richard Bosworth Engineer
Bill Wray Producer
Jamie Cohen Executive Producer
Bernard Matthews Engineer
David A. Helfant Executive Producer
Dan Savant String Contractor
Sean Tauzier Engineer
Hitoshi Adachi Executive Producer
Yasuo Yagi Cover Design
Fred Martin Composer
E. Smith Composer
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