Sailin' Shoes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992725828
  • Catalog Number: 2600
  • Sales rank: 851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Easy to Slip (3:22)
  2. 2 Cold Cold Cold (4:01)
  3. 3 Trouble (2:19)
  4. 4 Tripe Face Boogie (3:16)
  5. 5 Willin' (2:57)
  6. 6 A Apolitical Blues (3:28)
  7. 7 Sailin' Shoes (2:53)
  8. 8 Teenage Nervous Breakdown (2:13)
  9. 9 Got No Shadow (5:08)
  10. 10 Cat Fever (4:37)
  11. 11 Texas Rose Cafe (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Feat Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ron Elliott Guitar
Lowell George Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar, 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
Lee Herschberg Remastering
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
Shawn R. Britton Mastering
Eddie Bracken Engineer
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