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DVD: Skin It Back by Little Feat

Little Feat’s legendary and rousing live performance attributes shine gleamingly on this 2009 gem, featuring its 1977 show on German TV’s Rockplast series. Filmed at a venue in Essen, the concert was filmed five days before the recording of the group’s rock classic, Waiting For Columbus. Here, one-time Mothers of Invention guitarist/vocalist Lowell George radiates his superior slide-guitar skills amid his band-mates’ oscillating solos and endearing blend of boogie, blues, jazz influences, and Southern rock. The color footage also includes thirty-minutes of concert rehearsals.

Little Feat enjoyed crossover appeal and in many respects, were regarded as higher-caliber rock musicians, witnessed by keyboardist Bill Payne, drummer Richard "Richie" Hayward’s and bassist Kenny Gradney’s in-demand session status. And while George’s untimely death in 1979 was a major loss for the rock world, the band remains a viable act to this day amid various personnel changes along the way.

The concert finds the unit in top form, and undeniable crowd pleasers throughout. Percussionist Sam Clayton adds a slight world groove edge in spots to complement the pulsating group-centric sound. George, Payne and guitarist Paul Barrere share lead vocal duties. And the musicians embark on an extended jam workout during the budding and climactic "Day At The Dog Races."

Payne’s rollicking piano progressions steer the band through the good-timey piece "Oh Atlanta," supercharged by Barrere and George’s dueling guitar parts. They impart a bit of a New Orleans vibe on their time-heralded "Dixie Chicken," and gel the audience even more, with George’s soon-to-be classic ballad, "Willin." No doubt, the DVD projects a hearty musical epilogue to Little Feat’s renowned 1970’s aura.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Little Feat
  • CD Title: DVD: Skin It Back
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Rating: Four Stars
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