LITTLE FEAT – ” Electrif Lycanthrope ” Recorded September 19th, 1974, New York

Posted: September 19, 2016 in MUSIC
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Nestled between the classic LP releases “Dixie Chicken” and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” and performed for a small and intimate assembled studio audience, this recording finds Little Feat in their prime, live from Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, NY on September 9th, 1974.Often discussed as their ‘best’ line up, this recording features the 1974 version of Little Feat containing Lowell George (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Barrere (Guitar, Vocals), Kenny Gradney (Bass), Richie Hayward (Drums, Vocals) Sam Clayton (Percussion, Vocals), and Bill Payne (Keyboards). With excerpts of this performance only available previously as a legendary ‘70s bootleg, this Record Store Day Black Friday release is the first time the full-length performance is available, directly from the original pre-FM broadcast master tapes, and serves as an excellent introduction to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best – yet criminally unsung – outfits. The recording captures the band cranking out songs from what are arguably two of their three best studio albums, at the pinnacle of their chemistry.

When Electrif Lycanthope appeared on The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label in 1975, the quality was so high the rumour was that Lowell George himself was behind its release. Recorded for WLIR, New York at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, it captures the classic Little Feat lineup at its peak, and surpasses 1977’s sanctioned live double, Waiting For Columbus. Electrif Lycanthrope (the title remains a mystery) offers the ultimate setlist, drawing heavily from Dixie Chicken and the then-recently completed Feats Don’t Fail Me Now;

Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” segues into “Spanish Moon”, and the result is pure New Orleans funk, albeit played by a bunch of California misfits. The nine-song vinyl is bolstered on a later CD edition by three further Ultrasonic recordings, and you can find film from the Ultrasonic sessions of “Rock’n’Roll Doctor” and “Oh Atlanta“ on YouTube. This boot is the Feats’ own Dylan/Royal Albert Hall, 1966. Seriously, that good.
Sound quality: Excellent
See also: Rampant Syncopation, aka Live In San Francisco 1976

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