Humble Pie – Same (1970)

frontcover1Humble Pie is the third studio album released by English rock group Humble Pie in 1970, and their first with A&M Records.

Humble Pie was a transitional album and a harbinger of the band’s new, heavier direction. The material was darker than their previous two efforts, with striking contrasts in volume and style — Peter Frampton’s gentle “Earth and Water Song” is buttressed between two of the heaviest tracks on the record, the band composed  “One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba,” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “I’m Ready”. Drummer Jerry Shirley contributed a rare lead vocal on his song “Only a Roach,” a country-twinged ode to cannabis that also appeared as the B-side of the summer 1970 single “Big Black Dog”. This was their first release under the auspices of new American manager Dee Anthony — who’d pushed for a louder, tighter sound both live and in the studio — and for their new label, A&M Records. At the end of 1969, the Pie’s old label, Immediate, owned by Andrew Loog Oldham, went bankrupt — a saga chronicled by Marriott on the satirical ballad “Theme from Skint (See You Later Liquidator)”.

backcovera“Humble Pie” is often referred to by fans as “The Beardsley Album,” because of the distinct cover artwork by artist Aubrey Beardsley, an influential English illustrator and author best known for his erotic illustrations. (by wikipedia)

Alternating hard-driving blues-rockers with country-folk numbers, Humble Pie neatly showcases the two sides of this band’s personality on their first release for a major American label and third album overall. All of the elements are in place for the sound that would reach its studio peak with the next release, Rock On, and culminate with the classic Live at the Fillmore album. “Earth and Water Song” provides a blueprint for the acoustic guitar-based sound Peter Frampton would ride to multi-platinum success as a solo artist later in the decade. “One Eyed Trouser-Snake Rumba” and “Red Light Mama, Red Hot!” show the hard-rocking direction in which Steve Marriott would move the band after Frampton’s departure the following year. (by Jim Newsom)

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Steve Marriott (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Greg Ridley (bass, guitar, background vocals)
Jerry Shirley (drums, guitar, vocals on 2.)
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B.J. Cole (steel guitar)
John Wilson (drums on 02.)

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Tracklist:
01. Live With Me (Frampton/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley) 7.55
02. Only a Roach  (Shirley) 2.49
03. One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba (Frampton/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley) 2.51
04. Earth And Water Song (Frampton) 6.18
05. I’m Ready (Dixon) 4.59
06. Theme From Skint (See You Later Liquidator)  (Marriott) 5.43
07. Red Light Mama, Red Hot! (Frampton/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley) 6.16
08. Sucking On The Sweet Vine (Ridley) 5.46

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