Little Feat: Skin It Back

**** Over-looked 70s band gets their DVD debut

Here’s another installment in the seemingly endless footage generated by the German Rockpalast TV series. Recorded live in 1977, this 90 minute concert finds Little Feat on their final tour before leader Lowell George left the band in 1979, only to suffer a fatal heart attack a few weeks later.

As this film proves, Little Feat were one of the hottest bands of the day, combining the slide guitar blues of the Allman Brothers Band with the funky heartbeat of New Orleans’ Meters. Plus, the group was blessed with two major songwriters, George and fellow guitarist Paul Barrere, who penned tunes such as Fat Man In The Bathtub, All That You Dream, Dixie Chicken and their classic, Willin’.

The band really builds up a head of steam here, with all six members getting a chance to show off their chops. George’s slide guitar solo during Oh, Atlanta is a killer and piano player Bill Payne shows his struts his stuff during Dixie Chicken.

The surviving members of Little Feat carried on after Lowell George died, but they never sounded as good as they do here.