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Little Feat — Spanish Moon
Album: Waiting For Columbus
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Released: 1978
Length: 4:51
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Well the night that I got into town
Was the night of the rain, it froze on the ground
Down the street I heard such a sorrowful tune
Comin' from the place they call the Spanish Moon.

Well I stepped inside and stood by the door
While a dark girl sang and played the guitar
There was hookers and hustlers, they filled up the room
I heard about this place they call the Spanish Moon.

There's whiskey and bad cocaine
Poison get you just the same
And if that... that don't... kill you soon
The women will down at the Spanish Moon.

Well I pawned my watch and I sold my ring
Just to hear that girl sing, yeah yeah
I don't care who, you can wake up ruined
You can lose it all down at the Spanish Moon.
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 clickfaster wrote:
 

Crank the bass too!
Its day... I've lost count... of the Covid shutdown. Working from home... and hearing Little Feat on Radio Paradise... a small smile comes across my face.
I have this on vinyl, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, half-speed master on top vinyl, gawd it sounds great! I so wish I could have seen that concert.
RIP Lowell; and thanks for all you left behind!
 siriuss wrote:

Nice GIF but if I do that, my windows will crack and my dog will run away.
 

FIFTY
THOUSAND
WATTS
 thewiseking wrote:
Was there a sophomore dorm room, thick with bong smoke, Wild Turkey bottles and uncracked textbooks where this wasn't playing?
 
My version was an apartment I shared with 3 or 4 co-workers (depending on who was crashing on the couch) in a college town.  I was just out of High School and we all worked at the Golden Arches.  I pretended to go to JC for a while though.    Best times. 
Billy Payne on keyboards, Lowell on slide guitar, Tower of Power horns.  This is how it's done.
7 -=> 8.
TOWER OF POWER HORNS! 

Baddest tune ever. One of a small hand full of bands I can think of that totally smoke live vs studio
 unclehud wrote:
As an aside, these guys played music that was often described as southern rock or Louisiana swamp boogie, but they were/are all Los Angeles session musicians.
 
Odd.  Then again people not from New Orleans play jazz all the time.
As an aside, these guys played music that was often described as southern rock or Louisiana swamp boogie, but they were/are all Los Angeles session musicians.
If I ever have the money to open a bar it will be named The Spanish Moon.

Well I stepped inside and stood by the door,
While a dark girl sang and played the guitar.
There was hookers and hustlers filled up the room ...

If that don't kill you soon, women will down at the Spanish Moon.
 niseywee wrote:
one of my all time favorites
 
Little Feat and the Neville Bros always
bring a SOLID GOLD 9. 
one of my all time favorites
At their prime, this band found the heart of rock and roll.  This track is proof of that.  If the opening bars of this track don't stir your blood something's very wrong.
I defy you.  I defy ANYONE, to stay still and remain sittin' in their chair to this tune.  If you can then you clearly must be dead.

Maybe taken out by that whiskey and bad cocaine? 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
FEATS! agree, fantastic live album, incredible fidelity for 1978. Love the bass jam at the end.
This live Feat album and every track are a 10.
 clickfaster wrote:
 
Nice GIF but if I do that, my windows will crack and my dog will run away.
Greatest live rock album?  Or is it Bob Seger's  live album?  Or  The Band's?  
Great Track! Tower of Power sound so great on this one. One of the highest fidelity live recordings ever! Thanks Bill!
When these dudes were ON THEIR GAME, it just doesn't get any better! I like how they dig hard on Dr. John and Boz Scaggs grooves
Was there a sophomore dorm room, thick with bong smoke, Wild Turkey bottles and uncracked textbooks where this wasn't playing?
Sometimes I feel like Bill is just borrowing my playlist...  

Now that I think about it, I have been listening since 2001, so probably I am actually borrowing Bill's.  It's crazy that RP has been the soundtrack for my life for over 15 yrs!  I really can't thank you enough.  Excuse me a moment while I jump over to the Support RP page.
{#Music} such a great groove ! got to see em live with Lowell g couple of times in seattle / they never really achieved a lot of commercial success here in the states but in Europe pretty big ! hookers, hustlers, and bad cocaine ! fyi Robert palmer used these guys as his back up band on his first coupl albums and usually covered at least one song from them on each subsequent record rip Lowell and robert
Still well worth the price of admission. A stellar band that sounds like they've been playing together every bit of 40 years. There are few that can compete with the kind of groove the Feat do.

willmcnaught wrote:
Man wish I could have seen this band in its prime, sigh, thank {#Dancingbanana}goodness for their recordings! 

 

 

 Garsh wrote:
boy I used to lie there

 
That sums it up so well!
...on repeat.
 willmcnaught wrote:
Man wish I could have seen this band in its prime, sigh, thank {#Dancingbanana}goodness for their recordings! 

 
I'm sure I had the opportunity.  This album came out right in the middle of my heavy concert going period (probably a significant cause of my present hearing troubles) But while I never disliked Little Feat when I was a teen, I didn't appreciate them near as much as I do now.
Man wish I could have seen this band in its prime, sigh, thank {#Dancingbanana}goodness for their recordings! 
Yeah, what Peter said.  If you would like to have memorable, successful party, go get this album right now.

Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
..... stunning, truly stunning and quite possibly one of the finest live albums ever.

 


..... stunning, truly stunning and quite possibly one of the finest live albums ever.
 midigitguy wrote:

They had a bigger talent then Garcia, but he, like Jerry crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Bill Payne is a peerless keyboard player,  And the band was incredibly tight... totally different from the looseness of The Dead.

 
Totally agree.  I love the Grateful Dead but Lowell George was easily as talented as Jerry G.  Both lost to us now.  That being said, Lowell only had about 10 years creating music to Jerry's 30.  There's no telling where the Feat may have gone with Lowell at the helm that long.

BTW:  Comparing the Grateful Dead to Little Feat makes no sense at all as you so accurately pointed out. 
Love the way they end it
boy I used to lie there
 bam23 wrote:

I agree, although this is the type of observation made about music I really like. Can't win this type of pseudo debate. I have never seen the appeal of this band. If they had a Jerry Garcia equivalent, with his talent, now that would change things. Of course, by saying that I expose myself (indeed!) to the anti-Dead crowd. Oh well, enjoy what you will...

 
They had a bigger talent then Garcia, but he, like Jerry crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Bill Payne is a peerless keyboard player,  And the band was incredibly tight... totally different from the looseness of The Dead.
 Highlowsel wrote:
Oh there is no way this thing is anything other than a sweeeet arse 10!

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
{#Yes}
wooo-hooo
If I had a nickel for every time I heard this song when the LP came out in college, I'd have a lot of dadgum nickels!

Stereo wars all summer long - Ehringhaus, no AC. Go Heels!
 
 helgigermany wrote:

I will never miss music in the kitchen. Very good thing, specially with the Blues. 

 
I always have RP streaming when I cook, and I cook nightly.
 hayduke2 wrote:
Awesome!  Lowell and Co. were wicked powerful and totally fun to rock to   10+

 
my type of Classical Music (pass me that little doobie bro : )
the late great Robert palmer does a great cover of this with guess who backing him up ? little feat !
 michel_zws wrote:
cool & funky - makes me move behind the kitchen stove!

what a way to prepare the meal 

 
I will never miss music in the kitchen. Very good thing, specially with the Blues. 
cool & funky - makes me move behind the kitchen stove!

what a way to prepare the meal 
 stegokitty wrote:
Groove blues? I dunno. By and large, Little Feat's music all seems to sound the same.

 
I agree, although this is the type of observation made about music I really like. Can't win this type of pseudo debate. I have never seen the appeal of this band. If they had a Jerry Garcia equivalent, with his talent, now that would change things. Of course, by saying that I expose myself (indeed!) to the anti-Dead crowd. Oh well, enjoy what you will...
 Hey_Porter wrote:
For my money, the best live album ever.

 
Yes Sir, you are right about that.
For my money, the best live album ever.
Hopping, chair dancing & cheerful. Even the little  dog under my chair is jiving.
Very good music!
A GREAT collection of live tunes, from Oh Atlanta to Fat Man in the Bathtub to Feats Don't Fail Me Now. And Richie Hayward (RIP!) - an awesome drummer. Saw Feat live at the Cape Cod Melody Tent - in the round. With Richie kickin it all night long. Unbelievable!
Groove blues? I dunno. By and large, Little Feat's music all seems to sound the same.
 Vakse wrote:

Are you sure it wasn't John McClane?
{#Beat}

 
Definitely not {#Beat}
 John McClain
 TerryS wrote:
John McVie must have been listening to Little Feat before he went into the studio to record Tusk

 
Are you sure it wasn't John McClane?
{#Beat}
There is nothing wrong with this album. One of the best live collections, if not the best considering how every track is superb!
Ohh that bass line
great tomato 
 Rotterdam wrote:
The term 'god-like' fits this. Timeless, gorgeous, wonderful.

Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song from a marvelous album...

Gotta point out those horn parts are written by Van Dyke Parks.
One of the best live albums of all time, furshur!
 TerryS wrote:

Maybe so, but no need to get your snit on. This is good funk.

 
This is about as funky as a white band got back in the 70s. Little Feat put out some great, great music. 

If that don't kill you soon, the women will down at the Spanish Moon,


I thought at first I was listening to Bill Frizell... but here's to Little Feat filling big music shoes.{#Bananapiano}

Excellent.

This might go well with The Durutti Column's Nina.


John McVie must have been listening to Little Feat before he went into the studio to record Tusk
...
Little Feat bypassed me when I was younger for some reason, but thanks to RP I am making up for it with great tracks like this one.
One of Feat's best tunes.  Love the Tower of Power horns!
{#Bananajam} {#Bananajam} {#Bananajam}
{#Yes}
RP is making the ice storm in Atlanta  a kewl chil!  {#Bananajam}
 DD gypsyman wrote:
This was the soundtrack to a party that lasted my entire sophomore year in college.
 
Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle.  Indeed, it also contributed mightily to my 1.8 GPA one semester.
Yay!! Little Feat. Any and all are begged for!
 
This was the soundtrack to a party that lasted my entire sophomore year in college.
This song, along with the whole album, is one of my favorite live albums of all time! Ended up getting the live outtakes from these concerts as well, and they are awesome too! (Red Steamliner, Day at the Dog Races, Cold, Cold Cold,  Rock and Roll Doctor, etc.)
Tower of Power Horns !!!!!!!!!!!
A great song from a great album.  Fond memories of playing the whole album very, very loud.  
In Texas they call the summer moons a Comanche moon...that was when they did their raids....
A go to, feel good song for me for the past 20 years. But believe it or not, the live version from Live From Neon Park (1996) is even better, without Lowell George, no less. In that version, they transition to Skin It Back.....heavenly, inspired live performance.

Long Live Little Feat!
 snitramc wrote:
Once a week. Once a week. Once a week. Time for Pandora.

 
Maybe so, but no need to get your snit on. This is good funk.
 meinthecorner wrote:

...from "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley"!

 
Pretty sure Little Feat was the backing band on that there tune (medley). So there ya go.
Once a week. Once a week. Once a week. Time for Pandora.
 oldfart48 wrote:
where did the music go from here? THIS is cookin'.{#Fire}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}

 
Then came the 80's!!
{#Yes} 
Love Feat, and both versions of this song, but really Bill? Really? You played this last Sunday. Buh bye. Time to visit Pandora.
Awesome!  Lowell and Co. were wicked powerful and totally fun to rock to   10+
It doesn't get a lot better than this.  
Oh there is no way this thing is anything other than a sweeeet arse 10!

Highlow
American Net'Zen
where did the music go from here? THIS is cookin'.{#Fire}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 Lazarus wrote:


Yes, this live song sounds like that to me, too!  Love this song!
 

 
The term 'god-like' fits this. Timeless, gorgeous, wonderful.
 MinMan wrote:
 
sounds like some hotel room dweller risen from the netherworld?!
 

Yes, this live song sounds like that to me, too!  Love this song!
 
I totally missed LF in the 70's - luckily, they have a pretty timeless sound, so I've been listening to some of their tunes like they just came out.  They sure sounded great live.
 helgigermany wrote:
Very nice!
 

Yes, this song is wonderful...  I hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...  time flies when we're having fun...

Very nice!
 BBoyes wrote:
Nice fat groove on this one. Sounds like they are having a blast on stage.
 
I know this was recorded half a lifetime ago, but I've seen the Feat on stage twice in the last five years.  They're old and grey-haired (or bald), but they still act like teenagers when they slip into the groove.  I guess some things never change.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
The Vinyl Asylum webgroup had a straw-poll a few years ago that voted Waiting For Columbus as the finest live album on LP ever. I strongly suggest the Feat be invited to write the new US National Anthem.
 
Hell, yeah!  "Hookers and hustlers, and the mayor's cocaine ..."  Can we also get a killer Hammond B-3 solo in that new national anthem?
Nice fat groove on this one. Sounds like they are having a blast on stage.
The Vinyl Asylum webgroup had a straw-poll a few years ago that voted Waiting For Columbus as the finest live album on LP ever. I strongly suggest the Feat be invited to write the new US National Anthem.
 Lazarus wrote:
This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter night...
  
sounds like some hotel room dweller risen from the netherworld?!
Getting all moonie on us. Next it'll be some long lost version of Moon River, by Keith Moon. 
 teleskialaska wrote:

Cool Church

 

Thank you!  Hope you are having a marvelous Monday...

we be dancing...  love this song...
 
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Cool Church


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter night...
 
Some songs are just awsome.  "Whiskey and bad Cocaine"  Sad  Mr. George had to leave so early.  He was a force!

My first Little Feat listen was this one.  Twined me around their little finger forever.  

If there was a 21st-century Rick in Casablanca helping Arab Spring underground heroes (or their wives), his bar would be named the Spanish Moon.
Thought it was a twisted version of Tusk when it ramped up.........like'n it better.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
This is such a COOL song....
I'm such a sucker for songs where the bass is the lead instrument.  Oh yeah, Lowell's singing ain't bad either.
I love(d) this song. I was so excited to hear it- it had been a long time. Then I heard it again. Then I heard it again. RP, don't run my favorite songs into the ground!! pleeeeease!!!
Oh Lowell, how we still miss you!
My band has played in that bar(hookers,hustlers,whiskey,bad cocaine).....gotta fight to get your money!
I think Lowell is the best!
RIP brother   
I keep bumping this up a number. It's great!
How has this tune evaded me for so long?
Just a song that seems to go where it goes best.  Wow!  {#Bounce}
Awesome. Sure has stood the test of time. Yeeeeeeeah.
{#Sunny}
a Gift from some Magnificent Artists
 Joy! 


bingo by jingo...  love this classic song...

 
Those first few bars start to slop and it couldn't be anyone else...magnificent Feat!
They never lose their powerful alchemy.
 romeotuma wrote:


absolutely wonderful song...  love it...

 
 
Ditto.  I never get tired of this LP, even considering that the time it came out was filled with a lot of suck-o-barfo crap.  That's a lot of miles of trouble-free listening pleasure....


absolutely wonderful song...  love it...