Waiting for Columbus

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Waiting for Columbus
Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1978
Recorded August 1–4, 1977
Rainbow Theatre, London, U.K.
August 8–10, 1977
Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, DC, U.S.
GenreSouthern rock, swamp rock, jam rock
Length78:14
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerLowell George
Little Feat chronology
Time Loves a Hero
(1977)
Waiting for Columbus
(1978)
Down on the Farm
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]

Waiting for Columbus is the first live album by the band Little Feat, recorded during seven performances in 1977. The first four shows were held at the Rainbow Theatre in London on August 1–4, 1977. The final three shows were recorded the following week at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on August 8–10. Local Washington radio personality Don "Cerphe" Colwell can be heard leading the audience in a "F-E-A-T" spellout in between the first ("Join the Band") and second ("Fat Man in the Bathtub") tracks.

The band were backed by the Tower of Power horn section with whom they had recorded for their 1974 album Feats Don't Fail Me Now.[4] The result was one of their biggest selling albums.

Many of their more well-known songs were either re-worked or extended. For instance, one of their signature songs, "Dixie Chicken", was heavily extended to include a lengthy piano solo by keyboardist Bill Payne, a Dixieland horn arrangement and finally a dual guitar jam between the band's two guitarists, Lowell George and Paul Barrère. In some cases, songs such as "Rocket in My Pocket" and "Mercenary Territory" were re-worked to include the horn section, and Little Feat additionally covered such tunes as Fraternity of Man's "Don't Bogart That Joint" and Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down". Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor makes a guest appearance playing slide guitar on "A Apolitical Blues".

The band recorded and mixed enough material from these performances for a triple LP, but for marketing reasons kept it to a double album. Three of the unused tracks were included on their 1981 album Hoy-Hoy!. All were eventually released on the 2002 "Deluxe edition" CD.

It was voted number 804 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[5]

Track listing[edit]

1978 double LP[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Join the Band" (Traditional) – 1:50
  2. "Fat Man in the Bathtub" (George) – 4:50
  3. "All That You Dream" (Barrère, Payne) – 4:25
  4. "Oh Atlanta" (Payne) – 4:09
  5. "Old Folks' Boogie" (Barrère, Gabriel Barrère) – 4:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Time Loves a Hero" (Barrère, Gradney, Payne) – 4:20
  2. "Day or Night" (Payne, Fran Tate) – 5:23
  3. "Mercenary Territory" (George, Hayward) – 4:27
  4. "Spanish Moon" (George) – 4:49

Side three[edit]

  1. "Dixie Chicken" (George, Martin Kibbee) – 9:00
  2. "Tripe Face Boogie" (Hayward, Payne) – 7:02
  3. "Rocket in My Pocket" (George) – 3:42

Side four[edit]

  1. "Willin'" (George) – 4:42
  2. "Don't Bogart That Joint" (E. Ingber, L. Wagner) – 0:57
  3. "A Apolitical Blues" (George) – 3:41
  4. "Sailin' Shoes" (George) – 6:18
  5. "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" (Barrère, George, Kibbee) – 5:17

Vinyl reissue LPs[edit]

There have been two different half-speed mastered vinyl reissues on LP, both on the Mobile Fidelity label and containing the original full track list. The first reissue was released not long after the original Warner Brothers LP, was mastered by Stan Ricker, MFSL 2-013, and pressed by JVC in Japan. The other is a 2011 release on 180g vinyl on Warner Brothers Records and mastered by Shawn R. Britton.[citation needed]

1990 single CD[edit]

In order to fit the double LP onto one CD, the tracks "Don't Bogart That Joint" and "A Apolitical Blues" were omitted from this release, but included as additional tracks on the CD issue of The Last Record Album.

  1. "Join the Band" (Traditional) – 1:24
  2. "Fat Man in the Bathtub" (George) – 4:52
  3. "All That You Dream" (Barrère, Payne) – 4:31
  4. "Oh Atlanta" (Payne) – 4:20
  5. "Old Folks' Boogie" (Barrère, G. Barrère) – 4:27
  6. "Time Loves a Hero" (Barrère, Gradney, Payne) – 4:19
  7. "Day or Night" (Payne, F. Tate) – 5:31
  8. "Mercenary Territory" (George, E. George, Hayward) – 4:37
  9. "Spanish Moon" (George) – 4:42
  10. "Dixie Chicken" (George, Kibbee) – 8:56
  11. "Tripe Face Boogie" (Hayward, Payne) – 7:10
  12. "Rocket in My Pocket" (George) – 3:48
  13. "Willin'" (George) – 3:50
  14. "Sailin' Shoes" (George) – 6:20
  15. "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" (Barrère, George, Kibbee) – 5:21

Running time 74:00

2002 "deluxe edition" double CD[edit]

From the Rhino reissue liner notes (p. 23):

  • Disc 1 (all) & Disc 2, Tracks 1-5: From the original release of Waiting for Columbus. [Note: For aesthetic reasons, the playing order of Sides 2 (tks 9-12) & 3 (tks 6-8) has been switched so that the band's main set (contained on Disc 1) now concludes with the long ovation that leads into the encore.]
  • Disc 2 Tracks 6-10: Performances that were refurbished & mixed for the original album, but not used.
  • Disc 2 Tracks 11-12: Selections that were apparently never considered for inclusion on either the original album or Hoy-Hoy!. They are newly mixed from the original multitrack tapes and do not contain any overdubs.
  • Disc 2 Tracks 13-15: First issued on the album Hoy-Hoy!.
  • [Note: This release now contains all the songs that were performed at the series of shows recorded for this album.]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Join the Band" (Traditional) – 1:54 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 10, 1977
  2. "Fat Man in the Bathtub" (George) – 4:53 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  3. "All That You Dream" (Barrère, Payne) – 4:29 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  4. "Oh Atlanta" (Payne) – 4:20 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  5. "Old Folks' Boogie" (Barrère, G. Barrère) – 4:26 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 4, 1977
  6. "Dixie Chicken" (George, Kibbee) – 8:53 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 3 & 4, 1977
  7. "Tripe Face Boogie" (Hayward, Payne) – 7:09 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 2 & 3, 1977
  8. "Rocket in My Pocket" (George) – 3:57 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 2, 1977
  9. "Time Loves a Hero" (Barrère, Gradney, Payne) – 4:19 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 4, 1977
  10. "Day or Night" (Payne, F. Tate) – 5:30 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 4, 1977
  11. "Mercenary Territory" (George, E. George, Hayward) – 4:36 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 2, 1977
  12. "Spanish Moon" (George) – 5:36 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977

Running time: 60:02

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Willin'" (George) – 4:42 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  2. "Don't Bogart That Joint" (E. Ingber, L. Wagner) – 1:01 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  3. "A Apolitical Blues" (George) – 3:51 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 3, 1977
  4. "Sailin' Shoes" (George) – 6:23 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 10, 1977
  5. "Feats Don't Fail Me Now" (Barrère, George, Kibbee) – 5:35 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 9, 1977
  6. "One Love Stand" (Barrère, Gradney, Payne) – 4:27 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 9, 1977
  7. "Rock and Roll Doctor" (George, Kibbee) – 4:17 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 9, 1977
  8. "Skin It Back" (Barrère) – 5:40 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 2, 1977
  9. "On Your Way Down" (Allen Toussaint) – 6:25 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 10, 1977
  10. "Walkin' All Night" (Barrère, Payne) – 4:12 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  11. "Cold, Cold, Cold" (George) – 5:18 - The Rainbow Theatre, London England, August 4, 1977
  12. "Day at the Dog Races" (Barrère, Clayton, Gradney, Hayward, Payne) – 12:12 - Lisner Auditorium Washington D.C. August 9, 1977
  13. "Skin It Back" (Barrère) – 4:40 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  14. "Red Streamliner" (Payne, F. Tate) – 4:59 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 8, 1977
  15. "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" (George) – 4:12 - Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C., August 9, 1977

Personnel[edit]

With the Tower of Power horn section:

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waiting for Columbus at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-01. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ http://gregholt.co.uk/littlefeat.htm
  5. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 251. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  6. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/park_neon.htm

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