Little Feat Live At Winterland Valentine’s Day 1976

Live At Winterland Valentine’s Day 1976 is a live recording of a concert given by Little Feat in February 1976.

It is listed by Wikipedia as a live album and it’s been sold on eBay but I don’t think it’s an official live album. It may be one of these “legal in some parts of the world” recordings.

There isn’t a shortage of live albums by Little Feat but apart from Waiting For Columbus, there is a serious lack of alternatives featuring main man, Lowell George which makes this special.

Live At Winterland Valentine’s Day 1976

It is a live recording that is available from Wolfgang’s Vault and on the basis that’s been around for a long time and hasn’t been shut down, I assume that is legal.

Set List:

  1. Introduction 1:07
  2. Apolitical Blues – 3:29 (from Sailin’ Shoes – also on WFC)
  3. Skin It Back – 5:26 (Feats Don’t Fail Me – also on WFC)
  4. Fat Man In The Bathtub – 5:29 (Dixie Chicken – also on WFC)
  5. One Love Stand / Rock & Roll Doctor – 9:32 (on The Last Record Album and Feats Don’t Fail Me – also on WFC)
  6. On Your Way Down – 7:22 (Dixie Chicken – also on WFC)
  7. All That You Dream – 5:16 (The last Record Album – also on WFC)
  8. Cold Cold Cold / Dixie Chicken / Tripe Face Boogie – 22:14 (Sailin Shoes, Dixie Chicken and Sailin Shoes again – all on WFC)
  9. Willin’ – 4:48 (on Sailin Shoes – also on WFC)
  10. Teenage Nervous Breakdown – 4:18 (Sailin Shoes but not on WFC)

WFC stands for their classic live album Waiting For Columbus so it’s just the one track that is extra although the versions will be slightly different.

The set list is short because Little Feat were act as support for the Electric Light Orchestra that night. It sounds a strange combination to me but the performance was broadcast on KSAN and has been heavily bootlegged.

Wolfgang’s Vault has a number of other recordings of Little Feat live in concert but this is the only one they feature (at the time of writing) with Lowell George.

Performance

Little Feat were a tight band and this recording sounds great.

Whether this is an essential must have depends on how you feel about the Tower of Power horns contribution on Waiting For Columbus. I like them.

I also like hearing Little Feat on their own. Performing this night were:

Lowell George – guitar, vocals
Paul Barrere – guitar, vocals
Bill Payne – keyboards, vocals
Kenny Gradney – bass
Ritchie Hayward – drums, vocals
Sam Clayton – percussion, vocals

It’s not a recording that causal fans of Little Feat will need but anyone with a deeper interest should get it from Wolfgang’s Vault.

Here are some videos of Little Feat performing in concert in June 1976.

Fat Man In The Bathtub

Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor

Skin It Back

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