Sailin' Shoes

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Sailin' Shoes
Studio album by Little Feat
Released May, 1972
Recorded Late 1971 at Amigo Sounds, Sunset Sound and T.T.G., Los Angeles
Genre Southern rock, blues rock, roots rock, swamp rock
Length 38:00
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
Little Feat chronology
Little Feat
(1971)
Sailin' Shoes
(1972)
Dixie Chicken
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]

Sailin' Shoes was the second studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1972.

The album is notable for several reasons. First, it introduced the cover artwork of Neon Park to the group. Second, it was a more refined style than the group's first album Little Feat and signalled a shift towards the more mature Dixie Chicken. Third, it marked the last album appearance of original bassist Roy Estrada.

Highlighted by a reworked group version of "Willin'," the track that had led Frank Zappa to sack guitarist and vocalist Lowell George from The Mothers of Invention, it also featured such enduring tracks as "A Apolitical Blues," "Easy to Slip" and the title track, all by guitarist and lead vocalist Lowell George, the second co-written with Martin Kibbe, credited as "Fred Martin", a former bandmate from The Factory, and the first appearance of the "George/Martin" credit on a Little Feat record.

It was the last full Little Feat record to be produced by an outsider until 1977's Time Loves a Hero, with each of the three interim albums being produced almost entirely by Lowell George.

In 1972 Van Dyke Parks covered "Sailin' Shoes" on his album Discover America.

in 1974 backed by The Meters and Lowell George, Robert Palmer covered "Sailin' Shoes" on his debut solo album "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley".

In 1988 Van Halen recorded a cover of "A Apolitical Blues" on their album, OU812, although the song is not included on some cassette and some original vinyl copies of the album.

In 2008 the album was released as Gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

Cover[edit]

With his design for a "sailing shoe" of a cake swinging on a tree swing, the album's front cover by Neon Park seems to be an allusion to The Swing by painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Park himself said of the cover: "The *Sailin' Shoes* cover was inspired by Louis XIV. I'd just seen Rossellini's film about Louis XIV. And it seemed to relate a lot to Hollywood. A situation ruled by someone who kept everybody under his thumb by keeping them in hock from buying fancy clothes seemed to relate to Hollywood somehow. Actually, the only thing that was missing was the Hollywood sign, which I was going to put in the background. I thought that would be gauche. But I had a chance to pick up on that later with The Last Record Album.[3]

The cover design also includes a giant snail and Mick Jagger dressed as Gainsborough's The Blue Boy - Park had been inspired by the film Performance.[3]

Noted Los Angeles-based session percussionist Milt Holland played percussion on "Easy to Slip" and "Trouble" and he also played tabla on the follow-up album Dixie Chicken. Ron Elliott of the Beau Brummels played rhythm guitar on "A Apolitical Blues" and Debbie Lindsey provided the female vocals on "Cold, Cold, Cold" and the title track.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks by Lowell George, except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Easy to Slip" (Lowell George, Fred Martin) – 3:22
  2. "Cold, Cold, Cold" – 4:01
  3. "Trouble" – 2:19
  4. "Tripe Face Boogie" (Richie Hayward, Bill Payne) – 3:16
  5. "Willin'" – 2:57
  6. "A Apolitical Blues" – 3:28

Side Two

  1. "Sailin' Shoes" – 2:53
  2. "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" – 2:13
  3. "Got No Shadow" (Payne) – 5:08
  4. "Cat Fever" (Payne) – 4:37
  5. "Texas Rose Café" – 3:42

Band members[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Sailin' Shoes at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ a b "Neon Park". Tedalvy.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20.