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Performance: Rockin' the Filmore - The Complete Recordings Box set

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One of the world's greatest live albums is now four times greater!

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces (Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2012) to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, already a U.K. star through his work with The Herd, along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had used as a session player for Andrew Loog Oldham s Immediate Record Label.

Humble Pie recorded four albums and several singles before achieving its U.S. breakthrough with their 1971 the double-live set Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore. Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham's legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome's repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie s first Gold album.

Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings has gathered all four shows from Humble Pie's historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing just the four sets as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28!

You may not need no doctor, but you do need Humble Pie's Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore The Complete Recordings.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings, LLC
  • ASIN: B0098OED5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The original 1971 release of Humble Pie's, Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore, is one of my all-time favorite albums! THAT album, in my opinion, is right up there with The Who's, Live At Leeds, and MC5's, Kick Out The Jams, for the raw, "in your face" quality. And, that venue had a sound that made a couple of other live albums classics.
Band Of Gypsys, from Jimi Hendrix, or The Allmans', At Fillmore East, are the first to surface in my mind.

I've read the question in other forums, from some, leading up to this release, if it's not overkill hearing the same tracks, repeatedly?
Now, this is all a matter of opinion, of course... but, my answer is; No, it isn't.
It isn't, because you are hearing variations on songs for the first time that are different from one set to the next. Certain titles ARE redundant, but others will carry you away! 
I find it quite interesting to hear new banter from the late great, Steve Marriott, without being censored with a bleep. The original versions are displayed here in a way that is void of any editing, whatsoever. He's alive and well, on this!

I have mixed feelings on the sound, however.
For starters, if you REALLY wish to enjoy this CD set, YOU'VE GOTTA CRANK IT UP! I mean PLAY IT LOUD, Kids! You won't be able to fully appreciate it, otherwise. If you play it at a higher volume, and close your eyes, you are ALMOST there! This is like a time machine, taking you to the Fillmore in the late month of May, 1971! 
That's how engulfing the sound is, and a near three dimensional surround, the way the audience mics and the band's stage mics are set in the mix. Ethereal, is the feeling I had, when first hearing it.
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If you enjoyed the original album then get this now. The sound couldn't be better it just jumps out of the speakers. If your thinking all versions of the songs are the same you would be mistaken. The guitar playing of Frampton is written all over these recordings and he doesn't play the same solo's that were used to from the original recordings its all fresh searing licks. By the way Marriots guitar sounds great to and of course his voice and all the new banter. The jams in Gilded Splinters are all different and fresh which was a big surprise to me. i could go on and on. Bottom line.... This is worth every dollar. I never thought these shows would see the light of day but here they are. Get it now
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Wow...The sound and performances of all four shows is fantastic. This is now four times better than the original album, no make that five times better because of the major improvements in the remastered sound. (This is not recommended for a stereo with cheap speakers)... I thought maybe gilded splinters would be to redundant but was I wrong as each one goes off to different places. I like when a guy yells " outta sight" during second show. Even the middle section on Doctor are all changed up and Four Day Creep just kicks it out. The banter changes show to show nothing is canned. Steve Marriott takes control of the audience every night but Frampton's guitar is just well....Outta sight...Rock On
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I had the Japanese remaster of "Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore," and it was way better than the standard US A&M release. But, this box set blows that away. Forget what some reviewers here are saying about the same material repeated over and over again. The songs, yes, but each performance is unique. These guys were spot on for every show. And, this set should finally end the argument of who's better, Frampton or Clem Clempson. No contest: FRAMPTON! He totally shreds on this. Crank it and dig it!
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While it's possible to argue that one wouldn't necessarily need 3-4 versions of the same tracks, anyone making this argument is being woefully short-sighted in light of this box. For what you have within are all four shows that the original Pie - Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, Jerry Shirley and Greg Ridley - recorded whilst opening for Lee Michaels (their labelmate at A&M and then riding high on the radio single "Do You Know What I Mean?") at the Fillmore East in New York City on May 28 and 29, 1971. Not long after the original double LP was released, Frampton left for a solo career that would peak with his own double-live LP Frampton Comes Alive, a long time classic rock radio staple. And while Humble Pie, both with and without Frampton, made some great studio tracks, Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore is unquestionably their crowning achievement.

So to have all four shows in one set is a real joy - the first disc is Set #1 from Friday the 28th, and while it's a bit shaky (firsts are always the most difficult), there's no question that the groove is already there. Across all four sets, "I'm Ready" is one of the most solidly rockin' tracks you will ever hear - as soon as Jerry Shirley goes into the opening drum part, you just know it's going to be good. Indeed, the first four songs of each set are consistently the same: "Four Day Creep," "I'm Ready," "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" (the Pie doing Dr. John's bit of New Orleans psych-funk to perfection across 26-27 jams), and "Hallelujah (I Love Her So)" (the last a solid take on Ray Charles' classic hit). There are three recordings of "I Don't Need No Doctor" - and folks, this is THE definitive recording of this song; it just seriously COOKS.
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