LITTLE FEAT – ” Waiting For Columbus ” Super Deluxe Edition’ Reissue

Posted: May 26, 2022 in MUSIC

Little Feat are giving their iconic 1978 live album “Waiting For Columbus” the super deluxe reissue treatment ahead of its upcoming 45th anniversary. “Waiting For Columbus”: Super Deluxe Edition arrives via Rhino Records on July 29th.

It was 45 years ago today that Little Feat performed at The Rainbow Theatre in London – known as the Time Loves A Hero British Tour. The series of concerts were recorded for the “Waiting For Columbus” double LP which has just been released in a massively extended Super Deluxe 8 x cd edition Box Set.

There’s also a couple of DVDs of the 1977 Tour.

The performance on 3rd August became known within Little Feat circles as Black Wednesday. After the Tuesday night performance Lowell, Barrere and Richie Hayward partied a little too hard and there was some friction between them as they walked onto stage on the Wednesday.

The 8-CD box set features a remastered version of the original double album as well as three previously unreleased concerts. Little Feat’s performances from Manchester City Hall on July 29th, 1977; London’s The Rainbow on August 2nd, 1977 and Washington D.C.’s Lisner Auditorium on August 10th, 1977 will each be included. “Waiting For Columbus”: Super Deluxe Edition is also due out in vinyl editions and on digital and streaming services on July 29th.

“Waiting For Columbus” captures the band’s classic line-up at the peak of its powers. The double album contains tracks recorded during the group’s 1977 Summer Tour in both the UK and U.S. Included within are such memorable tracks as “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” “Willin’,” “Spanish Moon” and “Dixie Chicken.”

To make the album, Little Feat (backed by the Tower of Power horn section) recorded several shows in the U.K. and U.S. during the band’s 1977 summer tour. Rhino will include three of those performances, which have never been released, in a new boxed set for the album’s 45th anniversary. 

The Platinum-certified double album cemented the band’s reputation as one of the premier live bands of the 1970s. When it was recorded, the group included: Lowell George (vocals, guitar), Paul Barrere (guitar, vocals), Bill Payne (keyboard, vocals), Richie Hayward (drums, vocals), Sam Clayton (percussion, vocals), and Kenny Gradney (bass). An ad for the album from Warner Bros. Records blared “A whole double album’s worth of raw goods! Performed on stage, in front of wild, screaming partisans!”

“Waiting For Columbus” touches on songs from all six studio albums Little Feat released between 1971 and 1977. The dynamic performances showcase the sextet’s inimitable fusion of blues, country, jazz, and New Orleans R&B on signature tracks like “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” “Oh Atlanta,” and “Sailin’ Shoes.”

Preview the set by streaming previously unreleased audio of “Fat Man In The Bathtub” recorded live at The Rainbow in London on August 2nd, 1977.

The band is on the road this summer celebrating the upcoming 45th anniversary of the original two-LP set, considered by many to be one of the greatest live albums ever made. 

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