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Early today I wrote a review about the Stones Get Yer Ya Ya's Out and mentioned this Humble Pie set. Later today my neighbor was annoying me with what must be 50' subwoofers playing Earth Wind and Fire "Bah-de-ah Bah-de-ah-de-ah-da". I got in the car to escape that sugary racket. I drove over to the Fry's electronics mega-store in Tempe AZ and picked this sucker up. It is blazin' away as I type this. I'll bet I haven't heard this in 30 years. It is SSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!!!
I'm betting that when Steve Marriott was a kid his mother fed him large doses of Ritalin each day to keep him from burning the house down (no disrespect intended, Marriott actually died when his house burned down). There's enough energy here to shut down the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, plug in and power the entire valley (Phoenix metropolis) with this live session of Pie!
When a 17 year old boy listens to this recording (I'm being autobiographical here folks), he just doesn't have a real appreciation for what a consumate entertainer Steve Marriott really was. What a shame he's gone. I'm listening to this with a more mature set of ears tonight and it really is superb. Marriott and the audience are having a heck of a great time together. He's like a guitar-totin' blues-powered Evangelist calling the audience out to convert! They're all out there singing "I'm a Rollin' Stone" along with Marriott. Now I can see why Mick Jagger said "absolutely no Marriott!" to Keith Richards when Marriott auditioned to take Mick Taylor's place in the Rolling Stones.Read more ›
Twin guitars, pounding bass, thundering drums, great, up-tempo songs, fantastic singing and showmanship....yep. I like all that, too.
A couple of the songs filled up a whole side on the double LP this originally resided on. "Rolling Stone" is not the Bob Dylan song, but a rambling, story telling epic about a boy, his girlfriend, and her young at heart mother. The last 3 minutes, however, explode into a hell-for-leather speeded up adrenaline rush of musical intensity. I would listen to the first 13 minutes or so, just anticipating the take-off. Not playing air-guitar on the last part is impossible.
"Hallelujah I Love Her So" is a great cover, all the band members sing verses on it. "I Don't Need No Doctor" is the gem on this album, however. Great riff, great finish.
Steve Mariott was one of the greatest natural showmen in Rock history. I saw the band, minus Peter Frampton plus Clem Clempson, in Little Rock in the 70's. Steve had completely taken over front-man duites. He never spoke a word, he sang everything to us instead. Played the poo out of that guitar as well.
A great live band at the top of their powers. Get it.
Their traditional opener "4 Day Creep" gets things up to top speed right out of the gate. Marriott's gospel-like vocal intro to "I'm Ready" is classic Steve and when Shirley's drums kick it all in, it smokes! As an old rock & roll boomer I still love the extended jams and "Gilded Splinters" is to me one of the all-time classics. Great interplay between Pete and Steve on guitar. Overall, however, Frampton's play on his Les Paul steals the show. Man could that kid play at 17 years old! I must admit, "Rolling Stone" absolutely sucks! Check it out on their disc "Rock On" for a great version where they do the tune some justice. Marriott's vocal rambling on this tune is just too much even for this hard-core Pie fan. Of course their show closer, "I Don't Need No Doctor" is trademark Humble Pie. The song is their true essence.
I would love to see this concert on video. What a treat it would be to watch Marriott and Frampton jamming together once again. For a short time this band was truly magical!
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What can I say? Great old music. I did have some trouble downloading the album because I had purchased a single prior to deciding to get the whole album. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris
As a hard rock drummer, this is the best album I have ever heard. I saw Humble Pie in Philadelphia and they were the best band I ever saw and that includes the Who, Rolling Stones,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I HAD THIS IN ALBUM FORM MANY, MANY, YEARS AGO AND IT WAS A KILLER ALBUM. NOW IT IS A KILLER CD!!!!! WHAT A CONCERT!!!! FRAMPTON WAS ON FIRE. BUY IT!!!!Published 4 months ago by Larry Pulley
HERE IS A GREAT CD THAT USED TO BE A DOUBLE ALBUM ON VINYL, NOW ITS ALL ON ONE CD. I LIKE IT AND ITS SOUND QUALITY.Published 4 months ago by dr.j waterfield
Where Peter Frampton came from- but frankly just a nostalgia trip for me.Published 5 months ago by Tim Nyborg