Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the September 2010 Issue of Stereophile!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Easy-going 1973 album is Little Feat's finest studio hour. Superb sound: numbered 180g LP makes New Orleans-inspired funk glow with unprecedented warmth.
Stuffed with first-rate songwriting, humorous lyrics, and laidback funk, Dixie Chicken is Little Feat’s pinnacle studio album. The easygoing 1973 classic benefits from the departure of bassist Roy Estrada in that his exit meant the
arrival of three new musicians: guitarist Paul Barrere, percussionist Sam
Clayton, and bassist Kenny Gradney. The new additions fill out the band’s sound
and expand the stylistic palette, resulting in a more diversified rhythmic foundation and improved instrumental support. Little Feat also turn to New Orleans-rooted R&B for inspiration. It's this infatuation with the Big Easy, and supreme execution of the Cajun-spiced style, that makes Dixie Chicken eminently enjoyable and soulful.
Leader and songwriter extraordinaire Lowell George is also at the top of his
game. Standards such as the acoustic "Roll Um Easy," the keyboard-drenched "Kiss
It Off," and the adroit title track hook the listener from the start, as does
the timeless "Fat Man in the Bathtub," a tune that continues George’s knack for
twisted storytelling. Legendary New Orleans arranger Allen Toussaint contributes
the intoxicating "On Your Way Down," which the sextet turns into a slow dark
blues that ripples with rock overtones. Thick grooves and sultry riffs abound
throughout this brilliant set.
Ensemble playing doesn’t get any better. Splitting the line between taut studio
perfection and loose jamming, Little Feat lays down some of the most
exhilarating slide-guitar and colorful percussive work heard on record. Several
distinguished guests contribute to the party: Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Bramlett,
ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, and multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett among them.
In every sense, Dixie Chicken is the epitome of early '70s American rock and
roll - funny, smart, relaxing, cohesive, melodic, smooth, stylish, engaging.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180-gram LP allows Dixie Chicken to be experienced like never
before. The first available domestic remastering, and only edition restored from
the original source tapes, this is the only version to own. The sonic
improvements will have you jumping for joy.
Extremely limited, this numbered edition will not be around long!
Here’s your chance to own all four essential
Little Feat titles—1971’s Little Feat
(MFSL 1-299), 1972's organic rock jamabalaya Sailin' Shoes
(MFSL 1-307), and
Waiting For Columbus (MFSL 2-322)
Also available as Mobile Fidelity Limited Edition 24K Gold CD
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• 1/2 Speed mastered from the original master tapes
Paul Barrere, guitars, vocals
Sam Clayton, congas
Lowell George, guitars, cowbells, vocals
Kenny Gradney, bass
Richard Hayward, drums, vocals
Bill Payne, keyboards, vocals, synthesizer
1. Dixie Chicken
2. Two Trains
3. Roll Um Easy
4. On Your Way Down
5. Kiss It Off
6. Fool Yourself
7. Walkin' All Night
8. Fat Man In the Bathtub
10. Lafayette Railroad