When Humble Pie replaced Peter Frampton with Clem Clempson and released Smokin’ in the spring of 1972, they moved into a more commercially appealing hard rock style. The album hit number six in the US.
With relentless touring in 1973, they also issued a double album Eat It as a follow-up. It not only charted on Billboard, but was their most ambitious artistic statement. A month after the album’s release they visited Japan for the only time.
Humble Pie played four shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and two in Tokyo. The final night of the tour was on May 16th at the Shibuya Kokaido. This recording is good to very good but is noticeably distant from the stage. Steve Marriott’s stage banter is a bit hard to hear, but the music is loud enough.
The recording also emphasizes the lower frequencies. At times the bass is distorted, but never to excess.
The band are introduced as the greatest rock and roll band in the world, and the show begins with “Up Our Sleeve” from the new album followed by several unique covers. “Four Day Creep” is a cover of the Ida Cox tune which also appears on their 1971 live album Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore.
“C’mon Everybody” is a rearrangement of the Eddie Cochrane tune, played as a slow heavy blues number, and “Honky Tonk Woman” is a (somewhat) straight cover of The Rolling Stones’ song (it seemed that everyone covered that song in the early seventies).
The show takes a more interesting turn with a fascinating guitar duel with Clempson and Marriot leading into “I Believe In My Soul” and their most recognizable song “30 Days in the Hole.” There is a lot of fun in the cover “Roadrunner.” Even though many bands covered this song, Humble Pie’s remains the most inventive. Stretched out almost twenty minutes, the jam and solo, throwing in pieces of “Everyday People” and other recognizable tunes.
“Hallelujah I Love Her So” is a strange rock-gospel Ray Charles cover hybrid which features “The Blackberries,” the band’s backing singers of Venetta Fields, Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews. King’s vocals lead into the second Ray Charles cover “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” Unlike “Hallelujah,” there is no attempt at fusion. Rather, they give a straight hard rock interpretation to the classic.
The show closes with “Hot N Tasty” from Smokin’, a song that best utilizes the gospel singers, and “Oh La De Da.” Overall this is a good show for fans of Humble Pie and Steve Marriott. It’s amusing how he sings everything (even the greetings and introductions).
Clem Clempson (guitar, background vocals)
Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals)
Greg Ridley (bass, background vocals)
Jerry Shirley (drums, background vocals)
The Blackberries (backghround vocals):
Billie Barnum – Venetta Field – Clydie King
01. Up Our Sleeve/Four Day Creep (Clempson/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley/Cox) 9.12
02. Announcement by Steve Marriott 2.13
03. C’Mon Everybody (Capeheart/Cochran) 6.51
04. Honky Tonk Woman (Jagger/Richards) 4.34
05. Steve’s Little Jam (Marriott) 5.03
06. I Believe To My Soul (Charles) 5.29
07. 30 Days In The Hole (Marriott) 8.15
08. Roadrunner (E.Holland/Dozier/B.Holland) 17.18
09. Hallelujah I Love Her So (Charles) 5.44
10. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ashford/Simpson/Armstead) 11.41
11, Hot ‘N Nasty, Oh La De Da (Clempson/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley/Mitchell) 16.12