HUMBLE PIE – HUMBLE PIE – July 1970
OK, THIS IS ROCK!
Here is a near perfect Rock album that is still one of my all-time favorites.
Perfect drumming by Jerry Shirley, righteous bass lines and vocals by Greg Ridley, great guitar and unique vocals by Peter Frampton and raunchy guitar and raunchier soulful inimitable vocals by frontman Steve Marriott; created one of thee tightest hard-rockin’ bands of the ‘70s.
Super success, hit singles and hit albums would follow, but this eponymous LP was the first true Pie LP and a gem soundtrack for life then and for years to come.
I over-dosed the first year of its release and then just dosed regularly from then on.
My adoration and love for this album became an obsession when my favorite cut, “Live With Me” had the slightest of ambient “noise” right at the opening. Now this song all depends on that Hammond organ opening as it sets the soulful desire and blues that underlie the hard rock spirit that flairs up like the heartfelt message it delivers. So I traded in LPs, including the Humble Pie LP at Moby Disc, one of the early independent record stores, just to get a virgin vinyl import of Humble Pie.
Once home on my state-of-the-art sound system the needle touched down upon silence, absolute silence and then the bluesy build-up dirge of the Hammond organ opens the portal to extreme audio pleasure as the band gets to work it throughout, as does Marriott on exceptional vocals. It’s a monster track – I just love it!
“Only A Roach” is a fun interlude to rockin’ rouser, ”One-Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba”.
“Earth and Water Song” is a great Hippie-style Frampton tune which is followed by
“I’m Ready” thee best hard-rockin’ cover of this Willie Dixon classic – Marriott makes it his/HP’s own.
“Theme from Skint (See You Later Liquidator)” another great infectious tune that starts off slow, builds and ends with a bomb explosion and then wham! We get, …
“Red Light Mama, Red Hot!” – shades of “Smokin’”!
“Sucking on the Sweet Vine” ends the LP with Ridley’s “Ian Anderson” vocal of this really sweet, beautiful and once again infectious song; a great send-off to add to this band’s versatility.
- “Live With Me” – (Marriott/Frampton/Ridley/Shirley) – 7:55
- “Only a Roach” – (Shirley) – 2:49
- “One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba” – (Marriott/Frampton/Ridley/Shirley) – 2:51
- “Earth and Water Song” – (Frampton) – 6:18
- “I’m Ready” – (Dixon) – 4:59
- “Theme from Skint (See You Later Liquidator)” – (Marriott) – 5:43
- “Red Light Mama, Red Hot!” – (Humble Pie, Lyrics-Marriott) – 6:16
- “Sucking on the Sweet Vine” (Ridley) – 5:46
I was very fortunate to see the Pie at the Fillmore West during the time we were reveling in this album – for a fun review, check out: Top Ten Historic Classic Rock Concerts 1968-1972 #4 and #3 Ten Years After! Grand Funk Railroad! Savoy Brown! Humble Pie! Scroll past TYA vs. GFR.
A bit of extreme trivia: it was Marriott’s dog “Seamus” crooning-in on the song “Seamus” from Pink Floyd’s “Meddle” LP – Gilmour was a friend and fan of Steve.
Steve Marriott’s career was amazing; he was an insane Blues Rock vocalist – perfect – and an all-around entertainer before his Rock days – one of the hardest-working showmen in the biz, you just knew that he loved Rock Blues and Performing Live – he is and will always be missed by fans world-wide.
I am looking forward to seeing you “live” again in the afterlife – where I’m sure you’re knockin’ ’em dead(er) – Rock On!
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