So much for the sophomore slump. Faced with the frustration that comes with making a critically acclaimed debut that failed to win over mainstream audiences, Little Feat responded with Sailin’ Shoes, a sterling studio effort that synthesizes all of the band’s strengths. “Let your memory drift/And do nothing at all,” George instructs on the infectious opener “Easy to Slip.” It’s the best advice we could offer.
This 1972 set plays like a jambalaya of American music styles. The equivalent to acknowledged period classics by The Band, Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones, Sailin’ Shoes is at once familiar, clever, organic, wholesome, and humorous. Remastered from the original analogue master tapes, MoFi’s 180-gram LP of Sailin’ Shoes brings the music’s vibrant colours, rich tones, round notes, and sky-bound harmonies to the forefront with unsurpassed intimacy and realism.