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Willin' (1971 Version)
by Little Feat
Formed in L.A. in 1969 by singer and guitarist Lowell George, previously a member of Frank Zappa's band, Little Feat in its classic period ran until George's death at age 34 in 1979. He had taken the group from the rough-and-tumble roots rock and balladry of their 1971 self-titled debut album to a more sophisticated stew of boogie, country, and soul before growing unsatisfied and planning to reconstruct the band. George did not live to see that happen, but "Little Feat" continues to perform to the present day, having regrouped in 1987, with a long succession of players and singers still relying on George's classic material while regularly cranking out new albums of their own.

Willin' is a track that many will know from Linda Ronstadt's 1974 cover; the version I've posted comes from that 1971 Little Feat debut and is a stark, minimal performance. Ry Cooder guests on steel guitar here. The band re-recorded it with a fuller arrangement for their follow-up album Sailin' Shoes in 1972, the Little Feat version most commonly heard.

I grew up in the '70s and '80s with the bulk of the Little Feat catalog nearby, courtesy of my brother. It's not been until now that I've delved deeply into that catalog. I know that many gems await me. It is amazing how long it can take for something to speak to you.
1971 - Warner Bros.
Posted: 25th October 2019
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