I never was much of a Little Feat fan, but I sure do like this Lowell George solo album. Because of his untimely death, this was his only solo effort.
I saw Little Feat in St. Louis before George died, and it was a fabulous concert. George died on June 29, 1979, at the age of 34. This made further following Little Feat difficult for me. To me, George was the heart and soul of the band. Eventually, I bought the whole collection of Little Feat recordings (with George onboard) but haven’t continued to collect the band’s albums post-George.
Although they do not play together on any single track, Richie Hayward and Bill Payne, both members of Little Feat, play on this album. George was also able to call on the services of top-class session players and backing vocalists.
The cover art, painted by Neon Park, is a version of Édouard Manet’s famous painting “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” with Marlene Dietrich, Fidel Castro, and Bob Dylan as the diners.
The CD is still available; pick one up if you like it. This would be a nice New Year’s Eve soundtrack, and you can listen to the whole album here.
Happy New Year everybody!
Released — March 2, 1979 Studio — Sunset Sound, Los Angeles Length — 33:47 Label — Warner Bros. Records Producer — Lowell George
“What Do You Want the Girl to Do” (Allen Toussaint) – 4:46 “Honest Man” (Lowell George, Fred Tackett) – 3:45 “Two Trains” (George) – 4:32 “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernie Miller) – 3:21 “Cheek to Cheek” (George, Van Dyke Parks, Martin Kibbee (aka Fred Martin)) – 2:23 “Easy Money” (Rickie Lee Jones) – 3:29 “Twenty Million Things” (George, Jed Levy) – 2:50 “Find a River” (Tackett) – 3:45 “Himmler’s Ring” (Jimmy Webb) – 2:28 CD bonus track “Heartache” (with Valerie Carter) (George, Ivan Ulz) – 2:28
Lowell George – guitar, vocals, production Bonnie Raitt – vocals James Newton Howard – keyboards Chuck Rainey – bass Denny Christianson – keyboards, horns David Foster – keyboards Chilli Charles – drums Nicky Hopkins – keyboards Jim Price – horns Jim Keltner – drums Jim Gordon – drums Michael Baird – drums Dennis Belfield – bass Bobby Bruce – violin, guitar Turner Stephen Bruton – guitar Luis Damian – guitar, keyboards Gordon DeWitty – keyboards, piano Maxine Dixon – piano Arthur Gerst – piano Jimmy Greenspoon – guitar, piano Roberto Gutierrez – vocals, guitar, drums Richie Hayward – drums Jerry Jumonville – saxophone, guitar Ron Koss – guitar, engineering Darrell Leonard – horn, vocals Maxayn Lewis – vocals David Paich – keyboards Jeff Porcaro – drums Dean Parks – guitar, keyboards Bruce Paulson – keyboards Bill Payne – keyboards, vocals Herb Pedersen – vocals Joel Peskin – vocals, saxophone John Phillips – saxophone, drums Peggy Sandvig – piano James Self – tuba Steve Madaio – horns Floyd Sneed – drums, vocals J.D. Souther – bass, vocals Paul Stallworth – bass, guitar Fred Tackett – guitar, vocals Maxine Willard Waters – vocals Michael Ward – Truck Driver and Drum Tech Gene Vano – Road Manager Brad Kanawyer, Michael Hollyfield – design Neon Park – cover art Elizabeth George, Bob Marks, Nancy Goldfarb – photography Donn Landee, George Massenburg – engineering Billy Youdelman, Bruce Botnick, Doug Botnick – assistant engineering Richard Hayward, Lee Herschberg – digital mastering
Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to college at UK a couple of times. He retired in 2016 and is currently amassing his music collection. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.