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CD HUMBLE PIE PERFORMANCE ROCKIN THE FILLMORE REVIEW

HUMBLE PIE

PERFORMANCE ROCKIN THE FILLMORE

2013

 

 

THE BEST - EXPANDED...

 

 

WHAT WE SAY

 

Probably the best live album of them all just got better. ‘Humble Pie - Performance, Rockin’ The Fillmore-The Complete Recordings’ is an insight into how it all worked back in the early seventies – when bands played sold out shows to two different sets of fans almost back to back at venues like the Fillmore. This set gathers together the four shows Humble Pie played at the Fillmore east in May 1971 and is a fascinating document of whet went on to become one of the albums that changed my life.

 


At their peak no one could touch Steve Marriott’s Humble Pie and despite not being the household name some of their contemporaries went on to be their legacy stands up better than almost anyone. Musically this is a wonderful document of a band that ‘live’ were so much more than they were in the studio – and even though four of the songs here are covers – if ever a band made a song their own it was the Pie. Check out ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’ which many covered on the back of this version, or the majestic ‘Rolling Stone’. Best of all though may just be the take on Dr. John’s ‘I Walk on Gilded Splinters’ stretching out over 20 minutes or Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah…’ It’s amazing stuff from a time when bands weren’t afraid and people went to experience a concert rather than talk to their friends and take ‘selfies’.

 


Everyone needs the original album in their collection and this just adds more depth and texture. Five stars all the way!

 

 

 

WHAT THEY SAY

 

The 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. Best of all, the shows are newly mixed and mastered, under the supervision of Humble Pie’s surviving members, Shirley and Frampton.

 

TRACKLISTING

Disc 1: Friday, 5/28/1971 (1st 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 3: Saturday, 5/29/1971 (1st 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 2: Friday, 5/28/1971 (2nd 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 4: Saturday, 5/29/1971 (2nd 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

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD HUMBLE PIE PERFORMANCE ROCKIN THE FILLMORE REVIEW 2013