Nothing like a bit of rad gumbo to make your day. Little Feat was a great American band and Lowell Geroge's gruff voice/slide guitar playing was an essential part of the band's sound. So when George died suddenly, the band was lost without its front person.
This collection brings together the Lowell led albums as well as a pair of post-Lowell albums with former Pure Prairie League singer Craig Fuller who fit in well with the band's sound. From Bill Payne's wonderful keyboard playing to the guitar work of Paul Barrere and Richie Hayward's pounding percussion, Little Feat was more than Lowell George and, white his absence left a massive hole in the band, they carried on producing a series of fun, interesting albums.
This collection takes the band's work from the Warner years with all of the title pulled from the Japanese mini-LP remasters from a decade ago (although they weren't remastered for this set# with the exception of the pair of Fuller era albums which are the original masterings #and "Waiting for Columbus" which is the expanded, remastered edition from 2000#.
We also get the bonus disc #minus "LIghtning Rod Man" which was not added for contractual reasons# from "Hotcakes and Outtakes" from the year 2000.
Each album is presented in mini-LP sleeve replicas #inlcuding gatefold where appropirate# and they are nicer quality sleeves than the ones that come in the "Original Album Classics" mini-boxed sets.
My only complaint is that this set doesn't have a booklet with album credits, interviews or any insight on the making of these classic albums. Rhino could easily have adapted appropriate sections from the "Hot Cakes and Outtakes" boxed set from 2000. Rhino also just published #on their website# an interview with Bill Payne which could have been included as well. It wouldn't have added all that much to the cost of the set to include a booklet. It's a missed opportunity as this set is clearly aimed at people who still buy CD's and are fans of the band.
I can recommend the set even though it isn't perfect.