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Written by Joe Marchese

November 5, 2013 at 11:14

Review: Humble Pie, “Performance – Rockin’ the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings”

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Humble Pie - PerformanceToday, 105 Second Avenue in New York City looks inconspicuous enough, housing a branch of a savings bank.  But for just over three years, between March 1968 and June 1971, that address was home to Bill Graham’s Fillmore East.  The grandiose 2,830-capacity venue built in 1925 as a Yiddish theatre was sadly demolished around 1996, having survived transformations into The New Fillmore East and the landmark gay disco The Saint.  Though the building no longer exists, with the bank occupying its former lobby and apartments built on the site of the auditorium, much of the music played during its days as The Fillmore East has endured on record.  One of the most celebrated albums recorded at the Fillmore was Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore.  Recorded in May 1971, just weeks before the venue’s demise, Performance was a double-album of electric blues fury, with just seven lengthy tracks spread over four sides.  It remains a fiery, visceral live document of the quartet in concert, and it’s just gotten better – four times better.  The new 4-CD box set from Omnivore Recordings includes all four of the band’s complete performances at the Fillmore East from which the original LP sequence was derived: two shows on Friday, May 28 and two more on Saturday, May 29.

One of the first bands for whom “supergroup” was an accurate appellation, Humble Pie brought together three great vocalist-instrumentalists – Steve Marriott of The Small Faces (rhythm guitar), Peter Frampton of The Herd (lead guitar) and Greg Ridley of Spooky Tooth (bass) – with drummer Jerry Shirley of the lesser-known The Apostolic Intervention.  The resulting band was a four-piece combo with power to spare.  Performance followed four studio albums, none of which captured the total majesty of the band’s full-throttle stage act.  When manager Dee Anthony (whose diverse client list also included Peter Allen and Joe Cocker) suggested a live album, the band jumped at the chance.

It’s easy to see why in Omnivore’s deluxe presentation.  Not only were the band members some of the most exciting instrumentalists on the blues-rock scene, but the Fillmore East itself created a certain frisson that translated particularly well to live discs.  It’s no wonder that Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young all recorded famed albums there.  In fact, Hendrix’s frequent collaborator Eddie Kramer originally recorded the concerts.  Electricity surges through all four sold-out sets which originally occurred on the bill between opening act Fanny and headliner Lee Michaels.  These four muscular sets are a potent trip back to the days when a band could bravely and somewhat self-indulgently transform a 7-minute song like Dr. John’s “I Walk on Gilded Splinters” into a jam more than three times that long – and captivate an audience in doing so.  Each set is presented in complete form, including the enjoyably cheerful between-song banter.

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Written by Joe Marchese

October 30, 2013 at 09:39

Release Round-Up: Week of October 29

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Bananarama EdselBananarama, Deep Sea Skiving Bananarama True Confessions Wow! Pop Life Please Yourself: Deluxe Editions (Edsel)

The pop trio’s London discography gets the royal treatment with these 2CD/1DVD expanded editions featuring loads of rare and unreleased bonus tracks.

Deep Sea Skiving: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
BananaramaAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
True ConfessionsAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Wow!Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Pop LifeAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Please YourselfAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Humble Pie - PerformanceHumble Pie, Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings (Omnivore)

The landmark 1971 album is expanded into box set form, featuring all four sets at the legendary Fillmore East recorded for the original release. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

JethroTullBenefitcoverart_500Jethro Tull, Benefit: A Collector’s Edition (Chrysalis/Rhino)

Tull’s third album gets newly remixed in stereo and surround by Steven Wilson and newly expanded with rare single and remix material. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

BelfegoreAndy Williams, The Complete Christmas Recordings / Bobby Darin, The 25th Day of December with Bobby Darin / Patti Page, Christmas with Patti Page (Deluxe Edition) / The New Christy Minstrels, The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings / Various Artists, Funky Christmas / Tompall and the Glaser Brothers, Lovin’ Her Was Easier/After All These Years / Belfegore, Belfegore (Deluxe Edition) (Real Gone Music)

Spread some holiday cheer with the latest batch of Real Gone titles, which also includes the incredibly rare sophomore album by German goth/New Wave outfit Belfegore – now expanded with bonus tracks.

Andy Williams: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Bobby Darin: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Patti Page: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
The New Christy Minstrels: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Funky ChristmasAmazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Tompall Glaser: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Belfegore: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Essential James TaylorBoz Scaggs / James Taylor / Wu-Tang Clan, The Essential (Legacy)

The latest in the double-disc hits series includes career-spanning treasuries from Scaggs and Taylor (including the Warner and Columbia years in equal measure) and a new collection from hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan.

Boz: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
JT: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
Wu-Tang: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

12%22 Disco CollectionVarious Artists, 12″ Disco: The Collection (Rhino U.K.)

Compiled by the fine folks at Big Break Records, this triple disc set features disco hits and rarities in equal measure, including a few tracks bowing onto CD for the first time. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Sayer boxLeo Sayer, Just a Box: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2006 (Edsel)

All of the U.K. hitmaker’s (“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” “When I Need You”) studio albums, plus two discs of rarities in this exhaustive set curated by Sayer himself on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his first U.K. hit, “The Show Must Go On.” (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Oh Yes We Can LoveVarious Artists, Oh Yes We Can Love: The History of Glam Rock (Universal U.K.)

A quintuple-disc set exhaustively looks at a half-century of the glam rock genre, digging far beyond the usual hits and influential tracks. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Ramones Sire YearsRamones, The Sire Years 1976-1981 (Rhino)

The first six Ramones LPs, albeit without any of the bonus tracks included on previous reissues. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

EAGLES_Vinyl_BoxEagles, The Studio Albums 1972-1979 (LP) (Rhino)

A vinyl box featuring the band’s complete Elektra studio albums. (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

Humble Pie is Served! Omnivore Preps Box Set of Complete 1971 Fillmore Concerts

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Humble Pie - PerformanceThe latest sensational release in Omnivore Recordings’ catalogue is a massively-expanded edition of Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore, the 1972 live album and commercial breakthrough by British blues-rockers Humble Pie. This sensational album, taped over two nights at the legendary Fillmore East in the spring of 1971, is now coming out as a four-disc box set featuring all four recorded shows in their entirety.

Humble Pie was the brainchild of Steve Marriott, powerful frontman for The Small Faces, who’d left to pursue other projects in 1969. He very quickly formed Humble Pie with a stunning stable of young talent: drummer Jerry Shirley, a 17-year-old session player for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label; bassist Greg Ridley, who’d just come off two years with Spooky Tooth; and an 18-year-old Brit known in his native country as the frontman for psych-pop band The Herd but a relative unknown in the rest of the world: Peter Frampton.

Having scored a Top 5 hit that year with “Natural Born Bugie,” Humble Pie would spend 1970 and 1971 attempting to penetrate the American market. That didn’t work much as studio albums and tracks went, but the band’s live act was top-notch. Their two nights at The Fillmore East in May of 1971 featured strong sets, mostly covers of great blues and soul tunes. There was Ida Cox’s “Four Day Creep,” Willie DIxon’s “I’m Ready,” Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” (penned by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson), Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone” and a killer, 23-minute version of Dr. John’s “I Walk on Gilded Splinters.”

Ultimately, Performance made it to Billboard‘s Top 30 in the U.S. – but its success arguably did more favors for Frampton than Humble Pie at large: he left the band before the album was released, and would later release an iconic live album of his own.

This four-disc complete version of Performance features all four Fillmore shows from May 28 and 29, in their original sequences. Much of the original album was sequenced from the second shows on each night – and none of the very first show has ever been released, making this a definite must-buy for fans. Each disc is packed in its own CD wallet, all of which will be housed in a lidded box with new art in the style of the original LP sleeve. Best of all, the shows are newly mixed and mastered, under the supervision of Humble Pie’s surviving members, Shirley and Frampton.

Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings will be available October 29. Pre-order links from Amazon are not yet available, but the track list is below.

Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings (Omnivore, 2013)

Disc 1: Friday, 5/28/1971 (first show)

  1. Four Day Creep
  2. I’m Ready
  3. I Walk on Gilded Splinters
  4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
  5. I Don’t Need No Doctor

Disc 2: Friday, 5/28/1971 (second show)

  1. Four Day Creep
  2. I’m Ready
  3. I Walk on Gilded Splinters
  4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) *
  5. Rollin’ Stone *
  6. I Don’t Need No Doctor *

Disc 3: Saturday, 5/29/1971 (first show)

  1. Four Day Creep
  2. I’m Ready
  3. I Walk on Gilded Splinters
  4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
  5. Stone Cold Fever *

Disc 4: Saturday, 5/29/1971 (second show)

  1. Four Day Creep *
  2. I’m Ready *
  3. I Walk on Gilded Splinters *
  4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
  5. Rollin’ Stone
  6. I Don’t Need No Doctor

* released on original LP – A&M Records SP-3506, 1972

Written by Mike Duquette

August 8, 2013 at 14:43

Eat It: Humble Pie Reissues Coming Soon From Lemon

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There’s plenty of buzz over here about Universal U.K.’s upcoming Small Faces remasters, but another project of Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott is also getting some reissue love.  Marriott left the Small Faces in late 1968 to join Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley in Humble Pie, free of the pop expectations of his former band.  Signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label, also home to the Small Faces, Humble Pie launched its career with 1969’s As Safe as Yesterday Is.  For its series of three remastered original albums, Cherry Red’s Lemon Recordings imprint is looking forward, though, to the band’s time at Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss’ A&M Records between 1970 and 1975.  On March 27, Lemon will reissue Humble Pie (1970), Eat It (1973) and Thunderbox (1974) in remastered editions with new liner notes drawing on interviews with the band members.  The series does not include the two studio albums that arrived between Humble Pie and Eat It, namely Rock On (1971) and Smokin’ (1972).

Humble Pie’s first single,” Natural Born Woman” (or “Natural Born Boogie,” augured for great things to come.  A U.K. Top 10 hit right out of the gate, it was inevitable that the single would lead to a full album by the recently-formed unit.  As Safe as Yesterday emphasized the band’s blues-rock sound, though not without touches of folk and pop.  Rolling Stone’s Mike Saunders is considered by some to have coined an entire sub-genre of rock when he described the album as “Here, Humble Pie were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden shit-rock band, with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt.”  (Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” and its “heavy metal thunder” lyric, however, is likely the phrase’s first usage in a rock context.)   The band’s second album, Town and Country, was a somewhat quieter affair, even featuring a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat.”

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Written by Joe Marchese

February 27, 2012 at 10:11

Posted in Humble Pie, News, Reissues