Of all the great live rock albums issued in the '70s, Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus was perhaps the most revelatory, because it showcased the full power of this group in a way that its studio dis

Of all the great live rock albums issued in the '70s, Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus was perhaps the most revelatory, because it showcased the full power of this group in a way that its studio discs could never do. Little Feat was long the favorite band of such experts as Robert Plant and Bonnie Raitt; the reason being that Little Feat was funky, rootsy, virtuosic, and subtly improvisational but far more incendiary than the Grateful Dead and more ambitious and sonically diverse than the Allman Brothers. Rhino has done a consummate job with this deluxe reissue, with vastly improved sound, new liner notes, and extra photos. Moreover, Rhino has expanded the album to fill two CDs, with the second disc featuring the full complement of encores left off the first, woeful CD incarnation; that's not to mention a trio of outtakes released on the rarities collection Hoy Hoy! and twice as many previously unissued outtakes. Then there is the core program on disc one, starting with the grand opener of "Fat Man in the Bathtub" and going on to "All That You Dream," "Dixie Chicken," and more. Here's to hoping that this exemplary reissue reintroduces a new generation of fans to an American classic.—BB