Little Feat And Tower Of Power Made The Ultimate Live Record

Is there any doubt that Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus is the greatest live record ever released?

Of course there are lots of amazing live albums, like The Band's Last Waltz. But for us, the combination of Little Feat and Tower of Power horns on Waiting For Columbus takes the cake.

Many of us still remember the first time we heard this record and thinking, what is that?! The undeniable grooves, tongue-in-cheek songs, interplay among amazing musicians.

Little Feat threw all kinds of American music into the melting pot -- funk, blues, jazz, country -- and made a heady stew all their own.

The Secret Weapon: Tower Of Power Horns

One thing that made Waiting For Columbus so special was the addition of Tower of Power's horn section. Listen back to tracks like "Spanish Moon" and the horns will give you goose bumps.

Indeed, Emilio and Doc and the boys from TOP horns played on all kinds of records, but arguably this is their greatest contribution to another band's sound. Waiting For Columbus captured both bands at the height of their powers.

Bonus Tracks

We ran across this amazing clip on YouTube of Lowell George giving a slide guitar lesson.

What makes it funny is that he's giving the lesson to two German journalists. So it's half in German and half in English.


Do you agree that this is the ultimate live record? If not, what's your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

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28 comments

  • JW Seydel

    JW Seydel Iowa

    Lowell George and little feat were ahead of there time just my thoughts Lowells lose was a lose to music but the Little Feat sound carried on !! Even with all the changes in band members over the years the road shows were still great !!

    Lowell George and little feat were ahead of there time just my thoughts Lowells lose was a lose to music but the Little Feat sound carried on !! Even with all the changes in band members over the years the road shows were still great !!

  • Dave Brewster

    Dave Brewster Texarkana

    I bought this album when it first came out and still love it to this day but the best ever?......The Allmans Brothers at the Fillmore, Frampton Comes Alive even Live at the Apollo by James Brown is considered by some be the best. There's alot of good uns to try'n name one the BEST.....

    I bought this album when it first came out and still love it to this day but the best ever?......The Allmans Brothers at the Fillmore, Frampton Comes Alive even Live at the Apollo by James Brown is considered by some be the best. There's alot of good uns to try'n name one the BEST.....

  • Stevie M

    Stevie M Kansas

    Have the T-shirt! with no doubt one of the best bands to have graced the stage! Brilliance at its best.

    Have the T-shirt! with no doubt one of the best bands to have graced the stage! Brilliance at its best.

  • Eddie

    Eddie New Hampshire

    I've seen this before. Love his openness and sharing. Seems like he was a great guy. His music speaks for itself. I still measure almost all music (except Classical) against the Little Feat sound. Not much measures up...

    I've seen this before. Love his openness and sharing. Seems like he was a great guy. His music speaks for itself. I still measure almost all music (except Classical) against the Little Feat sound. Not much measures up...

  • moose

    moose usa

    great stuff. really enjoyed Feat live many times Lowell was awesome singing and playing . We must not forget T O P ! THE GREAT DAYS OF MUSIC

    great stuff. really enjoyed Feat live many times Lowell was awesome singing and playing . We must not forget T O P ! THE GREAT DAYS OF MUSIC

  • Charlie (CJP)

    Charlie (CJP) Pennsylvania

    Indeed, I would consider "Waiting for Columbus" at the top. And having the Tower of Power join them was a stroke. When I need a "shot" to get me going on a down day, I slide in Side 1 of the album and I'm good. I've always liked horns mixed in with rock, funk, blues, etc. Saw later renditions of Little Feat and enjoyed them. Let's not forget "The Last Waltz". A classic movie that featured fantastic arrangements with horns. Horns arranged by the great Allen Toussaint (may he rest in peace). What didn't he do? One could go on about horns accompanying various bands. Mike Bloomfield "Albert's Shuffle" from the "Super Session" album, has great horns accompanying that blues piece. One more: the Allman Brothers live at Fillmore East Live album. That is up in my top 3 list of live concert albums.

    Indeed, I would consider "Waiting for Columbus" at the top. And having the Tower of Power join them was a stroke. When I need a "shot" to get me going on a down day, I slide in Side 1 of the album and I'm good. I've always liked horns mixed in with rock, funk, blues, etc. Saw later renditions of Little Feat and enjoyed them. Let's not forget "The Last Waltz". A classic movie that featured fantastic arrangements with horns. Horns arranged by the great Allen Toussaint (may he rest in peace). What didn't he do? One could go on about horns accompanying various bands. Mike Bloomfield "Albert's Shuffle" from the "Super Session" album, has great horns accompanying that blues piece. One more: the Allman Brothers live at Fillmore East Live album. That is up in my top 3 list of live concert albums.

  • Rbry

    Rbry Pa

    This l.p. Was recently released by MFSL and the job they did is off the chain. If anyone did not think this was the greatest live LP before, listen to this version on a bangin stereo at high volume and you will think you heard God

    This l.p. Was recently released by MFSL and the job they did is off the chain. If anyone did not think this was the greatest live LP before, listen to this version on a bangin stereo at high volume and you will think you heard God

  • Ricky Puig

    Ricky Puig Florida

    One of the greatest albums ever! Was a soundmsn & got the opportunity to work with Tower of Power in the old Harrah's cabaret in Reno in the 80's. Best horn section up to date. Little Feat was also one of my favorite bands & still remember my first favorite: Dixie Chicken. Time to listen again!

    One of the greatest albums ever!
    Was a soundmsn & got the opportunity to work with Tower of Power in the old Harrah's cabaret in Reno in the 80's.
    Best horn section up to date.
    Little Feat was also one of my favorite bands & still remember my first favorite: Dixie Chicken.
    Time to listen again!

  • Jeff

    Jeff PA

    Little Feat is a band whose music is enjoyed and crossed over all genres. Have been a fan for 40+ years!

    Little Feat is a band whose music is enjoyed and crossed over all genres. Have been a fan for 40+ years!

  • Jeffrey F. Dean

    Jeffrey F. Dean Newhall California

    I really Appreciate You gents Music and you sharing it with me.

    I really Appreciate You gents Music and you sharing it with me.

  • John

    John Lilburn, ga

    If it wouldn't for little feat and waiting for Columbus, I would never would have found TOP or listen to Chicago became a jazz fan and of coarse goose fans have seen little feat twice and even now they are still one of the best live bands musically.

    If it wouldn't for little feat and waiting for Columbus, I would never would have found TOP or listen to Chicago became a jazz fan and of coarse goose fans have seen little feat twice and even now they are still one of the best live bands musically.

  • Eddie

    Eddie New Orleans

    Being from New Orleans, and completely biased, I think the Neville Brothers' "Neville-ization, Live at Tipitina's" is one of the most iconic live LP's. "Waiting For Columbus" and The Allman Brothers "Live at Fillmore East" are among my favorite musical treasures.

    Being from New Orleans, and completely biased, I think the Neville Brothers' "Neville-ization, Live at Tipitina's" is one of the most iconic live LP's. "Waiting For Columbus" and The Allman Brothers "Live at Fillmore East" are among my favorite musical treasures.

  • Tina Mills

    Tina Mills Greensboro, NC

    I love Little Feat, and Lowell George that was a talented individual goes too soon.

    I love Little Feat, and Lowell George that was a talented individual goes too soon.

  • Larry Slayton

    Larry Slayton Maryland

    my favorite or all time .....Still play it weekly and see them when in town... I wish every year to go on the Cruise with them but something always comes up.......Their still my favorite band

    my favorite or all time .....Still play it weekly and see them when in town... I wish every year to go on the Cruise with them but something always comes up.......Their still my favorite band

  • Jeff McCoy

    Jeff McCoy Allentown, Pa

    This is my favorite Live Album. So many great songs throughout this album. The classics are there: Willin, Dixie Chicken, and my personal favorite Spanish Moon. There isn't any filler on this record at all. Skin it Back, Cold, Cold, Cold, A Apolitical Blues it doesn't get any better. They could have made this 3 records with Juliet, Lafayette RR, and Eldorado Slim snd still no filler!!! Actually Little Feat has no filler tunes!!! Americana written in color!!!

    This is my favorite Live Album. So many great songs throughout this album. The classics are there: Willin, Dixie Chicken, and my personal favorite Spanish Moon. There isn't any filler on this record at all. Skin it Back, Cold, Cold, Cold, A Apolitical Blues it doesn't get any better. They could have made this 3 records with Juliet, Lafayette RR, and Eldorado Slim snd still no filler!!! Actually Little Feat has no filler tunes!!! Americana written in color!!!

  • Bill cooke

    Bill cooke Australia

    Crossroads live album remastered is in the same league

    Crossroads live album remastered is in the same league

  • Bill Minick

    Bill Minick Oswego, IL

    Couldn't agree with you more. I've been saying for years that Waiting For Columbus is one of the best live albums ever. Adding Tower of Power brass was genius. I have a video recorded a night or 2 before the recording of WFC without TOP brass, and the performance is much dryer. Other great live albums are ELP's Welcome Back Mu Friends..., Wings Over America, Foghat Live, Billy Cobham's Alivemutherforya, and so many more too numerous to list here.

    Couldn't agree with you more. I've been saying for years that Waiting For Columbus is one of the best live albums ever. Adding Tower of Power brass was genius. I have a video recorded a night or 2 before the recording of WFC without TOP brass, and the performance is much dryer. Other great live albums are ELP's Welcome Back Mu Friends..., Wings Over America, Foghat Live, Billy Cobham's Alivemutherforya, and so many more too numerous to list here.

  • Glenn Gray

    Glenn Gray Schenectady

    Album cover by Neon Park, who produced numerous album art pieces over the years. When Christopher Columbus returned from America he brought things back to Europe with him. Tomato seeds, tomatoes grew in America but not in Europe. He brought back a hammock made by Native Americans, "Waiting for Columbus" ;-) Brilliant!

    Album cover by Neon Park, who produced numerous album art pieces over the years. When Christopher Columbus returned from America he brought things back to Europe with him. Tomato seeds, tomatoes grew in America but not in Europe. He brought back a hammock made by Native Americans, "Waiting for Columbus" ;-) Brilliant!

  • Lost One

    Lost One South Georgia

    Listened to this album at party's constantly in the '70's. Agree it is the best live album ever released

    Listened to this album at party's constantly in the '70's. Agree it is the best live album ever released

  • Ben

    Ben Houston

    Finally, someone with a brain has spoken. I couldn't agree more. Best live album EVER. Heard many other live albums and there are plenty of great ones out there. However, nothing else even comes close Waiting For Columbus.

    Finally, someone with a brain has spoken. I couldn't agree more. Best live album EVER. Heard many other live albums and there are plenty of great ones out there. However, nothing else even comes close Waiting For Columbus.

  • Smitty

    Smitty Seattle

    The remix version of this album featuring several somgs omitted from the original makes it even more of a classic. Yes, best live album ever, but head over to the Internet archive and you can listen to 600 or so other live Little Feat performances from the early 70s to present day.

    The remix version of this album featuring several somgs omitted from the original makes it even more of a classic. Yes, best live album ever, but head over to the Internet archive and you can listen to 600 or so other live Little Feat performances from the early 70s to present day.

  • Les

    Les McGrath

    Still to do this day, my favourite all time show Nov6 1978. The seats Centre balcony 3rd row, and the theatre was awesome too. Little Feat at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo, NY, USA Edit venue & date Show all edit options Setlist Walkin' All Night Time Loves a Hero Day or Night Skin It Back Oh Atlanta Fat Man in the Bathtub High Roller A Apolitical Blues (with David Bromberg) All That You Dream Old Folks Boogie Day at the Dog Races Dixie Chicken Encore: Willin' Don't Bogart Me (Fraternity of Man cover) Feats Don't Fail Me Now Encore 2: Tripe Face Boogie

    Still to do this day, my favourite all time show Nov6 1978. The seats Centre balcony 3rd row, and the theatre was awesome too.

    Little Feat
    at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, Buffalo, NY, USA Edit venue & date Show all edit options
    Setlist

    Walkin' All Night

    Time Loves a Hero

    Day or Night

    Skin It Back

    Oh Atlanta

    Fat Man in the Bathtub

    High Roller

    A Apolitical Blues
    (with David Bromberg)

    All That You Dream

    Old Folks Boogie

    Day at the Dog Races

    Dixie Chicken

    Encore:
    Willin'

    Don't Bogart Me
    (Fraternity of Man cover)

    Feats Don't Fail Me Now

    Encore 2:
    Tripe Face Boogie

  • Brad

    Brad Montgomery Village Md

    I first heard Waiting for Columbian.....ha ha thats what we called it back then, when it first came out. I know I listened to it over n over again. And to this day I still listen to it. Its the best.

    I first heard Waiting for Columbian.....ha ha thats what we called it back then, when it first came out. I know I listened to it over n over again. And to this day I still listen to it. Its the best.

  • Jim Loving

    Jim Loving Baltimore

    Since I was present at Lisner Auditorium when part of it was recorded live, and am a huge Feat fan, I would have to agree!

    Since I was present at Lisner Auditorium when part of it was recorded live, and am a huge Feat fan, I would have to agree!

  • Jonathan Hummel

    Jonathan Hummel JP Boston

    Traveled from college central Ohio 3 hours to a hockey rink in Dayton Ohio. I was at the closing of Winterland with the GD. Madison SQ. Garden 1973 with Led Zeppelin but in the front row packed against the rail with Little Feat and Tower of Power for nearly 3 and half hours the Summer after Waiting For Columbus was released was the most mind blowing inspirational show ever! By far. Never ever forget it with my two little buddies as we survived the crush feet away from them

    Traveled from college central Ohio 3 hours to a hockey rink in Dayton Ohio. I was at the closing of Winterland with the GD. Madison SQ. Garden 1973 with Led Zeppelin but in the front row packed against the rail with Little Feat and Tower of Power for nearly 3 and half hours the Summer after Waiting For Columbus was released was the most mind blowing inspirational show ever! By far. Never ever forget it with my two little buddies as we survived the crush feet away from them

  • Forrest George

    Forrest George

    My father was Lowell George. Hat tip to you folks for digging the music of Little Feat. Forrest George --- Thousand Oaks, California Official Little Feat "Waiting For Columbus" playlist, uploaded in 1440p High Definition...https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp7teE-mXtw5ztmyaqs_YHs0EOV40zs6j&fbclid=IwAR0HjCvYaLZngG_mY31KX9Ynads0d4rd3xAthtplzttqyfhMqcT4qeqBu1g

    My father was Lowell George. Hat tip to you folks for digging the music of Little Feat.

    Forrest George --- Thousand Oaks, California

    Official Little Feat "Waiting For Columbus" playlist, uploaded in 1440p High Definition...https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp7teE-mXtw5ztmyaqs_YHs0EOV40zs6j&fbclid=IwAR0HjCvYaLZngG_mY31KX9Ynads0d4rd3xAthtplzttqyfhMqcT4qeqBu1g

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    Steven Flemming Washington

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  • john

    john broomfield,co

    When I lived in Marin County, especially Sausalito, many people would start conversations with me, later I realized I resembled one of the members of Tower of Power, made for some ineresting conversations. Left Marin and Ca 14 years ago due to my house destroyed by flood in Ross.

    When I lived in Marin County, especially Sausalito, many people would start conversations with me, later I realized I resembled one of the members of Tower of Power, made for some ineresting conversations. Left Marin and Ca 14 years ago due to my house destroyed by flood in Ross.

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