The Last Record Album

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The Last Record Album
Cover artwork, with giant orange jelly,
by Neon Park
Studio album by Little Feat
Released November, 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Southern rock, swamp rock, boogie rock, blues rock
Length 38:17
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Lowell George
Little Feat chronology
Feats Don't Fail Me Now
(1974)
The Last Record Album
(1975)
Time Loves a Hero
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [2]

The Last Record Album is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released in 1975.

Reviewing the album for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes of the album's tracks: "Those that succeed, however, are quite good, particularly Paul Barrere and Bill Payne's gently propulsive "All That You Dream," Lowell George's beautiful "Long Distance Love," and the sublime "Mercenary Territory." ... There are enough signs of Little Feat's true character on The Last Record Album -- the three previously mentioned songs are essential for any Feat fan -- to make it fairly enjoyable, but it's clear that the band is beginning to run out of steam."[3]

The back cover which listed the song's lyrics also included a listing/lyrics for the song "Hi Roller" which was marked out in black ink with the annotation "Maybe Next Time". The song was indeed included on their next album Time Loves a Hero.

Writing for The Guardian in 2010, after the death of Richie Hayward, Adam Sweeting commented:

The Last Record Album (1975) was a less cohesive effort, but continued the group's upward commercial progress. In hindsight, there is bleak irony in the way George chose to decorate the album's sleeve with the medical bills racked up by Hayward following a serious motorcycle accident ... During his final illness, when he had moved to Canada, Hayward's lack of medical insurance left him facing huge bills for treatment.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Romance Dance" (Barrère, Payne) – 3:49
  2. "All That You Dream" (Barrère, Payne) – 3:52
  3. "Long Distance Love" (George) – 2:43
  4. "Day or Night" (Payne, Fran Tate) – 6:24
  5. "One Love Stand" (Barrère, Gradney, Payne) – 4:26
  6. "Down Below the Borderline" (George) – 3:41
  7. "Somebody's Leavin'" (Payne) – 5:07
  8. "Mercenary Territory" (George, Hayward) – 4:27

Additional tracks on CD (the omitted tracks from the single CD version of Waiting For Columbus)

  • "Don't Bogart That Joint" (live) (Ingber, Wagner) – 1:03
  • "A Apolitical Blues" (live) (George) – 3:41

Musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The track "All That You Dream" is played as the introduction to the final scene of The Sopranos finale episode "Made in America".

The track "Long Distance Love" was placed at number 26 in John Peel's 1976 "Festive Fifty".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Last Record Album at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine publisher=allmusic.com/. "Little Feat: The Last Record Album". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Adam Sweeting. "Richie Hayward obituary | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Little Feat: Festive 50 tracks". bbc.co.uk. November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2013.