May 5, 2012

Little Feat - a dose of quasi laid-back Americana this weekend.

Recovering from last weeks high-voltage Mott The Hoople Concert from 1974, here is something a bit more laid-back. Little Feat, a live concert from Ultrasonic Studios, recorded on September 19, 1974.

If you listen to both concerts back to back (this one and Mott), you'll get some idea of just how diverse the playing field was, even in the 1970's. And, with most fans at the time, had both Little Feat and Mott The Hoople albums in their collections. Musical taste was pretty broad back then and radio wasn't nearly as restricted in what it played. Even though the writing was on the wall for radio even in the early 70's, it was still possible to get a wide range of music to sample and form opinions on.

Little Feat were one of the very popular bands in concert in the 70's. Even though they weren't considered a "hit-making" operation, they recorded a lot of memorable material and they had a strong popularity with what was, at the time, referred to as the FM Underground audience. With several changes in personnel and some direction shifts, they're still together and still recording and touring. They've carried on the legacy of one of America's premier eclectic bands and it's good to know they're still very much with us.

But for now, here they are in 1974, at their early high point. If you haven't heard them before, now's a good time to check them out.

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