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Little Feat — Oh Atlanta (live)
Album: Waiting For Columbus
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 641









Released: 1978
Length: 4:10
Plays (last 30 days): 1
They got a place down Kentucky
Right down near Ohio
Where you can watch the planes at night
People line up to watch each flight

I said watchin' them planes
I wish I was on one
I'm sittin' here thinkin' 'bout my red head dream
If I could only see her tonight

Whoa, Atlanta
Whoa, Atlanta
I said oh, oh Atlanta
I got to get back to you

Well, you can drop me off on Peachtree
I got to feel that Georgia sun
And the women there in Atlanta
They make you awfully glad you come

I said watchin' them planes
I wish I was on one
I'm sittin' here thinking 'bout my crazy dream
If I could only be there tonight

Whoa, Atlanta
Whoa, Atlanta
I said oh, oh Atlanta
I got to get back to you

We'll make a day and how just you and me
Where the music plays all night
They got the boogie band blowin' that's bound for hell
And when they get to movin' they never stop
You just keep on playin' that down home beat
You just keep on layin' it down hot

I wish I was on one
I'm sittin' here thinkin' bout my red head dream
If I could only see her tonight

Whoa, Atlanta
Whoa, Atlanta
I said oh, oh Atlanta
I got to get back to you
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Many years ago I heard an interview with a member of Little Feat, may have been Billy Payne, not sure. He was telling the story of the first lines of the song. It's about the so called Cincinnati Airport, which is located across the river in Covington, KY.

Back in the day airports had observation decks where you could go and watch planes take off and land. This was way before 9/11 when you didn't have to have a ticket to go into the gate area. Remember, the song was written in 1974.

So the way he tells the story, he acts like this is a funny thing. Why would someone want to watch a plane take off or land? He went on describe the people doing this as dressed in overalls, etc. My takeaway was he pretty much considered people from Kentucky ignorant hillbillies. Talk about stereotypes.

Kind of ruined the song for me. I don't know where Bill Payne is from; sorry he had to mingle with trash like us.
 Laptopdog wrote:
Played the heck out of this album back in college. Not a bad tune on it.
 
Yep. Cranked up to ELEVEN!
Saw The Feat in Atlanta at the Fox around '74-'75', what a show! Bonnie Raitt opened and Little Feat were her backup band, couldn't have been any better.
Billy Payne on keyboards.  Lowell on slide.  So good.
I find myself paying more attention to the comments than the music. It’s on my phone; I play it a lot 🤪 Best Live Album ; Top 5 all time.
 Bat wrote:

Same title but a completely different song.
 
Yes, the Alison Krauss version is a cover of a Bad Company song.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Best live RnR album ever. Sorry Bob Seger and Allman Brothers.

Yeah...go figure what a tripe face boogie means. Then enlightenment. 
 

Good album / band, but that is certainly a major overreach ; < 
 Laptopdog wrote:
Played the heck out of this album back in college. Not a bad tune on it.
 

Ditto here. Beer, backgammon and Little Feat.
TOOT-TOOT-TOOT!
Played the heck out of this album back in college. Not a bad tune on it.
 Hey_Porter wrote:
WonderLizard wrote:
Best live album ever.

 
 Agreed
 
Absolutely
WonderLizard wrote:
Best live album ever.

 
 Agreed
Atlanta sux.
 the_jake wrote:
This album cover looks like it could be the inspiration for Jrzy's avatar.
 
it is! :lol: Little Feat is on my top 5 list of favorite bands.
at one time, I used the album cover as an avatar.
 Grayson wrote:
Trust me, Atlanta's not this fun anymore. Just traffic gridlock, "signature" $18. cocktails, and Juulin' millennials on their smart phone selfie magic carpet rides. But occasionally rappers do fun stuff like paint entire houses Pepto-Bismol pink for record promos. 
 
I love ATL... which rapper?
 cc_rider wrote:

I did not know that.
Alison Krauss(?!) did a great cover of it too. Totally different style, but Ms. Krauss could sing a phone book and I'd rate it a 7.
c.

 
Same title but a completely different song.
 westslope wrote:
Influenced by BTO?   

No, it is a cover of a BTO song released in 1974. 

 
Oh Atlanta was written by Bill Payne, keyboardist for Little Feat and first recorded by them on Feats Don't Fail Me Now in 1974. I can't find any reference to BTO ever recording this song but if they did it was a cover of Little Feat.
Trust me, Atlanta's not this fun anymore. Just traffic gridlock, "signature" $18. cocktails, and Juulin' millennials on their smart phone selfie magic carpet rides. But occasionally rappers do fun stuff like paint entire houses Pepto-Bismol pink for record promos. 
This album cover looks like it could be the inspiration for Jrzy's avatar.
 westslope wrote:
Influenced by BTO?   

No, it is a cover of a BTO song released in 1974. 

 
I did not know that.
Alison Krauss(?!) did a great cover of it too. Totally different style, but Ms. Krauss could sing a phone book and I'd rate it a 7.
c.
Best live RnR album ever. Sorry Bob Seger and Allman Brothers.

Yeah...go figure what a tripe face boogie means. Then enlightenment. 
Average rating only 6.8?  Are you all kidding me?
 garyalex wrote:
Hearing this just makes me realize yet again what a loss it is that we no longer have Lowell around.  

Hell yeah {#Notworthy}{#Yes}
Influenced by BTO?   

No, it is a cover of a BTO song released in 1974. 
Saw Little Feat at the Armadillo in '74.  Best. Show. Ever.
Hearing this just makes me realize yet again what a loss it is that we no longer have Lowell around.  
 ImaOldman wrote:
The exclusion of Little Feat from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is proof that it's a total sham...

 
Amen to that
The exclusion of Little Feat from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is proof that it's a total sham...
So happy I got to see them do this live in 1978 with Lowell. So much boogie in this album!
 WonderLizard wrote:
Best live album ever.

 
Yep.  Been saying that for decades (can't believe this recording is almost 40 years old)
They got the boogie band blowin' that's bound for hell
And when they get to movin' they never stop

 
The sound of a band firing on all 12 cylinders!
Tripe face boogie. Always tried to figure that one out. Sounds like a Steely Dan song title. 

Any who's singing backup...EmmyLou, Dolly, Linda? Or was that the album version?  

 
Too bad that Bill Payne gave up music LF and took up photography.
All right! Boy do I miss those boys! Really great album!
 WonderLizard wrote:
Best live album ever.

 
And even though I'm a Stones fan, I'm voting this one as the worst:

 
The sound quality is pathetic!  I think I paid $5.99 for this around 1978, and I'd gladly take half that in return if anybody wants to buy it from me.
Yes, one of the greatest live albums ever.  Awesome performance by the Feat, but the sound crew put this one (the album) over the top.  Still a favorite after so many years - it's hard to listen to just one track.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Best live album ever.

 
Seconded!

I'm glad nobody is in yet because I've got this CRANKED up in the office this morning.
Best live album ever.