Sailin' Shoes

Sailin' Shoes

by Little Feat
     
 

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Little Feat's debut may have been a great album but it sold so poorly, they had to either broaden their audience or, in all likelihood, they'd be dropped from Warner. So, Sailin' Shoes is a consciously different record from its predecessor - less raw and bluesy, blessed with a varied production and catchier songs. That still doesn't make it a pop record, since

Overview

Little Feat's debut may have been a great album but it sold so poorly, they had to either broaden their audience or, in all likelihood, they'd be dropped from Warner. So, Sailin' Shoes is a consciously different record from its predecessor - less raw and bluesy, blessed with a varied production and catchier songs. That still doesn't make it a pop record, since Little Feat, particularly in its first incarnation, was simply too idiosyncratic, earthy and strange for that. It is, however, an utterly thrilling, individual blend of pop, rock, blues and country, due in no small part to a stellar set of songs from Lowell George. If anything, his quirks are all the more apparent here than they were on the debut, since Ted Templeman's production lends each song its own character, plus his pen was getting sharper. George truly finds his voice on this record, with each of his contributions sparkling with off-kilter humor, friendly surreal imagery and humanity, and he demonstrates he can authoritatively write anything from full-throttle rock & roll ("Teenage Nervous Breakdown"), sweet ballads ("Trouble," a sublimely reworked "Willin'"), skewered folk ("Sailin' Shoes"), paranoid rock ("Cold, Cold, Cold") and blues ("A Apolitical Blues") and, yes, even hooky mainstream rock ("Easy to Slip," which should have been the hit the band intended it to be). That's not to discount the contributions of the other members, particularly Bill Payne and Richie Hayward's "Tripe Face Boogie," which is justifiably one of the band's standards, but the thing that truly stuns on Sailin' Shoes is George's songwriting and how the band brings it to a full, colorful life. Nobody could master the twists and turns within George's songs better than Little Feat, and both the songwriter and his band are in prime form here.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Mobile Fidelity Koch
UPC:
0821797077866
catalogNumber:
778
Rank:
87272

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Feat   Primary Artist
Ron Elliott   Guitar
Lowell George   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Roy Estrada   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Hayward   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion
Deborah Lindsey   Vocals
Bill Payne   Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Russ Titelman   Piano
Sneaky Pete   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Stillwater   Arranger
Donn Landee   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Bobby Hata   Engineer
Durrie Parks   Sound Effects
Clyde Bakkemo   Sound Effects
Ralph Limber Jack Kibbee   Sound Effects
Eddie Bracken   Engineer

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