February 7, 2020 – 5:31 am

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PAUL BARRERE R.I.P. 1948 - 2019

Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere has died on October 26, 2019 due to complications from medical issues. He was 71. Barrere’s Little Feat band mates confirmed the news in a statement posted on the group’s website. Paul joined the legendary rock band in 1972, three years after he failed an audition to become Little Feat’s founding bassist. He was a member ever since and either wrote or co-wrote such beloved compositions as “All That You Dream,” “Old Folks Boogie,” “Time Loves A Hero” and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now.” Earlier this month, Barrere wrote a note to fans explaining his decision to forego the band’s fall leg of their 50th Anniversary Tour - which concludes with shows on Saturday in Huntington, New York and Sunday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - due to complications from liver disease.

Paul Barrere was born in Burbank, California on July 3, 1948. The guitarist attended high school with Lowell George, a musician who would soon go on to perform with Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention. George left Zappa’s employ to form his own group in 1969 with keyboardist Bill Payne, another Mother, Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward, who was a member of Lowell’s past band, The Factory. The band known as Little Feat, purportedly named for a comment Mothers Of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black made of George’s “little feet” put out an eponymous album in 1971 and followed with Sailin’ Shoes.

The band blew up before entering the studio for their third album and out of the ashes a new Little Feat lineup formed. George, Payne and Hayward recruited Lowell’s old pal Paul Barrere as a second guitarist, swapped in Kenny Gradney for Estrada and added percussionist Sam Clayton. Little Feat changed not just their lineup but their music as well thanks in big part to Barrere’s contributions and the sextet remained intact through mere weeks before George’s tragic death in 1979.

“Sooner or later, every committed rock ‘n’ roller finds his or her way to Little Feat, which has been described as everything from ‘bluesadelic’ to ‘funky Americana,’ and all of which really means an eclectic bunch of styles that long ago melded together in a bluesy, boogieing, baked-smile stew. Their influence is wide - not least on Phish, moe. and many other stalwarts of the jam scene.”

The above was written by JamBase contributing writer Chad Berndtson in the intro for what turned out to be one of Paul Barrere’s last interviews. Little Feat are a musician’s band that has counted Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page (“my favorite American group,” he told Rolling Stone in 1973) and The Rolling Stones as fans. -

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San Francisco 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA; February 14, 1976. Very good FM broadcast.

Thanks to plaz; and to AlexPhoenix for sharing the show at Dime.

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Original notes:

This is a very good recording, you can hear every detail, no hiss no dropouts, in one word perfect. It came from a trade with a guy who claims that he worked for KSAN Radio.

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Restored by plaz:
- corrected DC offset errors
- balanced channels
- restored clipped peaks (up to 2.7 dB recovered)
- corrected phase offset (+0.05 ms, 2 samples)
- repaired clicks, cracks, pops and thuds
- removed repeated segment in track 7
- very lightly decrackled and declicked
- miscellaneous minor repairs
- gain normalized and tracked
- packed to flac(lvl8) and created ffp and md5 files

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KSAN-FM pre-broadcast reel
Studer A62 (recording and playback)
MR > cas > cdr > HDD > restoration > flac [lvl8]

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Track 01. Introduction 1:08
Track 02. A Apolitical Blues 3:29
Track 03. Skin it Back 5:25
Track 04. Fat Man in the Bathtub 5:33
Track 05. One Love Stand 4:16
Track 06. Rock and Roll Doctor 5:14
Track 07. On Your Way Down 7:23
Track 08. All that you Dream 5:05
Track 09. Cold Cold Cold 6:03
Track 10. Dixie Chicken 8:22
Track 11. Tripe Face Boogie 7:39
Track 12. Willin’/Band introduction 5:08
Track 13. Teenage Nervous Breakdown 4:18
69 mins

Lowell George - guitar, vocals
Paul Barrére - guitar, vocals
Bill Payne - keyboards, vocals
Kenny Gradney - bass, vocals
Richie Hayward - drums, vocals
Sam Clayton - percussion, vocals

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  1. 17 Responses to “LITTLE FEAT - SAN FRANCISCO 1976”

  2. The first time I saw Little Feat they opened for ELO in Anaheim. That was Feb. 17, 1976, three days after this show - So thanks for this one BigO. I’ve been watching a dvd of the old F Troop TV show. One episode featured a band that was to play for the officers. They were called The Bedbugs and were portrayed by The Factory. Lowell George’s pre Zappa group with Richie Hayward.

    And I just now heard that Buddy Cage has passed away. RIP NRPS

    By sking on Feb 7, 2020

  3. Rumor has it Lowell had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Feb 7, 2020

  4. one of the best bands ever
    they didn`t look pretty
    their clothes covered their butts
    they didn`t whine about awards
    they were never seen taking selfies
    they did lip synch or use auto tune
    but , instead
    they just plain and simple fucking played. long live little feat and their glorious music!!!

    By sluggo on Feb 7, 2020

  5. Saw Little Feat for the 1st time on their 2nd reunion show in 1988 at New Orleans Jazz Fest. It wasn’t too crowded back then and it was an amazing show.

    By jdallenx on Feb 7, 2020

  6. Amen to that, sluggo.

    By Eric on Feb 7, 2020

  7. sluggo Hoy Hoy,Best Band Ever….

    By skinned knees on Feb 8, 2020

  8. Little Feat and Street Corner Symphony opened for ELO
    Show was broadcast live on radio station KSAN
    The bootleg known as “Rampant Syncopation” is from this show. Also known as “Live In San Francisco, 1976″

    By Stevie Combs on Feb 8, 2020

  9. Thanks for this show. As good as this and other shows are that have been posted, it’s tough to beat one of the all-time best live albums in Waiting for Columbus. Especially the 2-cd expanded version (2002). RIP Lowell George, Richie Hayward, Paul Barrere. This band carried me through college in late 70’s and lives on forever.

    By Rich Farquhar on Feb 8, 2020

  10. I must admit that I was late to the party when it came to little feat . I had heard of them in the seventies but was into other bands. My loss . Got into them much later . One of the best bands ever . Like Sluggo said , no miming , auto tune or other computer enhancement so prevalent in today’s so called plastic music scene . Sad that some of these guys are now gone . Lowell has been gone since 79. Hard to believe it’s been over 40 years . Man time flies .

    By Bill on Feb 8, 2020

  11. By the way Lowell George’s daughter is a singer and musician in her own right . She was around 5 when he died . Her godfather is Jackson Browne who dedicated the song Of missing persons from the hold out album to Lowell and his daughter.

    By Bill on Feb 8, 2020

  12. Lowell was hung like a tootsie roll . So small I had to put my hand in my hole along with his weenie to feel anything. His fat stomach made his prick look even smaller. The only thing big about Lowell was his stomach and my disappointment.

    By Pam Des Barris on Feb 8, 2020

  13. Little Feet was a great motherfuckin group . Keep shit like this comin . No more shit from the fuckin two thousands with pretty boy queers , sluts who wear skirts up to their ass cheeks and coon rappers wit dreadlocks and tattoos. Stay with the motherfuckin program.

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2020

  14. Anti pal , I hope you ain’t sick dude . Miss our back and forth . Still don’t know if Lowell George is another Jew bastard like some folks is sayin. Sure hope it ain’t true but what the fuck can you do . Seems like jew bastards is like Coc roaches. You can’t get rid of em

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2020

  15. How bout Madoff in prison trying to get out cause he’s sick . The Jew motherfucker

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2020

  16. Jus found out Kirk Douglas was a Jew bastard. Practicing too . Now that one stunned me man . That one hurt

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2020

  17. Derrick, It hurt? Did it hurt worse than the first time you took it up the poop chute?

    By Cynical Idealist on Feb 9, 2020

  18. You sound like a motherfuckin Jew bastard Dic sucker . I bet you suck coon dics and your mama does too . I bet you can suck a coon Dic till it turns blue and that’s hard to do . Motherfuckin Jew bastard.

    By Derrick on Feb 10, 2020

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