Humble Pie – In Concert (KBFH) (1996)

FrontCover1“Beautiful people of San Francisco … the world´s finest… HUMBLE PIE  …

This is the start of one of the best Humble Pie live albums …

Recorded on May 6, 1973 at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater, King Biscuit Flower Hour: In Concert presents the post-Peter Frampton era of Humble Pie, featuring guitarist Dave Clempson backing what was by then Steve Marriott’s vehicle. Marriott is in full cry on this recording, delivering his soulful, ingratiatingly over-the-top take on R&B-based hard rock with plenty of spirit; he even sings the between-song audience banter. In concert, Humble Pie displayed a ferocity that was sometimes missing from their studio albums, and King Biscuit Flower Hour not only captures that quality perfectly, it also does so arguably better than any other live album in the group’s discography. (by Steve Huey)

Recorded live at the Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California on May 6, 1973, this CD shows Humble Pie’s tour in support of their Smokin’ album, the first without GregRidleyfounding member Peter Frampton. Steve Marriott’s smokes all the way (his sung intros between songs are really amusing).
The majority of the songs are from the SMOKIN’ album.

Highlights include a frantic “30 Days in the Hole,” and slowed down versions of Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” and Junior Walker’s “Roadrunner”
Throughout, this release the band plays like men men possessed aka under the sword of damocles, and the recorded sound is absolutely amazing (crystal clear); in terms of sheer volume the studio versions of these songs pale in comparison. Buy it if you want to hear a great live release up there with the best of them as stated above; it’s up there with Deep Purples “Made In Japan”. (by Damian)

I’ve been an Humble Pie fan since “…at the Fillmore”. I liked ’em well enough but never really warmed up to their studio albums and finally decided that they were a dish best served live. Over the years the Fillmore album has always been one of my musical staples; I still go back to it every now and again; but with Steve dead figured that was it…… I stumbled on the King Biscuit album. I usually don’t pick up on these post-mortum albums; there’s usually a reason that they weren’t printed at the time, mostly because the sound is sub-par: Man-oh-man am I glad I did! If you like the Fillmore album then the King Biscuit Flower Hour concert album should be an absolute joy! Great sound, fantastic music, and incredible energy. It is every bit of Humble Pie that even a casual fan should enjoy. (by ol’guyon)

And “Up Your Sleeves” is a real killer song … one of the finest songs ever written ny Steve Marrioot.

And my copy is signed by Dave Clem Clempson.

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Personnel:
Dave “Clem” Clempson (guitar, vocals)
Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Greg Ridley (bass, vocals)
Jerry Shirles (drums)
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The Blackberries:
Billie Barnum – Clydie King – Venetta Fields

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Tracklist:
01. Up Your Sleeves (Marriott) 3.57
02 4 Day Creep (Cox) 3.36
03. C’mon Everybody (Cochran/Caphart) 7.22
04. Guitar Solo (Marriott/Clempson) 1.07
06.  Blues I Believe To My Soul (Charles) 5.21
07. 30 Days In The Hole (Marriott) 5.21
08. Road Runner (Holland/Dozier/Holland) 12.28
09. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Charles) 7.36
10. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ashford/Simpson/Armstead) 13.04
11 Hot ‘N’ Nasty (Clempson/Ridley/Shirley/Marriott) 7.20

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Humble Pie – Rock On (1971)

frontcover1Rock On is the fourth studio album by the English rock group Humble Pie, released in 1971. It reached #118 on the Billboard 200.

The final studio album to feature guitarist and vocalist Peter Frampton, Rock On saw Humble Pie establishing the heavy blues/rock sound they became famous for, led in no small part by their new manager, Dee Anthony, after the collapse of Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records. But this was not where Frampton wanted to be and within a year he had quit the group to pursue his solo career and take his music in a more acoustic direction.

Most of the songs on Rock On were performed live on tour before being recorded for the album. Marriott turned the production into a studio party of sorts, featuring numerous guest performers from the world of blues and soul. Distinguished performers such as PP Arnold, who Marriott knew very well from his Small Faces days, Doris Troy who had a U.S. hit in the early 1960s with her own self-composed song “Just One Look” (later covered by The Hollies), and Claudia Lennear (who had sung backing for artists such as Joe Cocker, Freddie King and Gene Clark), were featured on this album.

The album features the classic rock song “Stone Cold Fever” written by band members Marriott, Ridley, Frampton and Shirley. Steve Marriott’s ballad “A Song For Jenny” (written for first wife Jenny Rylance) features The Soul Sisters (Doris Troy, P.P. Arnold and Claudia Lennear) on backing vocals. B.J. Cole contributes pedal steel guitar. “Strange Days” is a ballsy blues rock song, in which Marriott’s powerful vocals soar as close to a live performance as any on this album. The vocals have a delayed echo, sounding grounded yet “out there”; and Frampton’s guitar solos weave throughout. It is also the longest song on the album. “Sour Grain” was a joint composition by Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott, keeping the same tempo as “Shine On”, but with just Steve on vocals.(by wikipedia)

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On this, their second album for A&M, Humble Pie proved that they were not the “minor league Rolling Stones” as people often described them. Led by the soulful Steve Marriot, the Pie was a great band in every sense of the word. Although Peter Frampton elevated himself to superstar status in just a few years, this album proves what an excellent lead guitarist he was. The record has an undeniable live feel to it, due in part to Glyn Johns’ humble yet precise recording, framing the group as if they were a boogie version of the Band. When all of these elements come together on songs such as “Sour Grain” and “Stone Cold Fever,” it’s an unbeatable combination. (by Matthew Greenwald)

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals, keyboards)
Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals, keyboards, harmonica)
Greg Ridley (bass, guitar, background vocals, vocals on 08.)
Jerry Shirley (drums, percussion,  piano on 03.)
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B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar)
Bobby Keyes (saxophone)
Alexis Korner (background vocals)
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Soul Sisters (background vocals):
P.P. Arnold – Claudia Lennear – Doris Troy

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Tracklist:
01. Shine On (Frampton) 3.05
02. Sour Grain (Frampton/Marriott) 2.43
03. 79th And Sunset (Marriott) 3.03
04. Stone Cold Fever (Ridley/Marriott/Shirley/Frampton) 4.10
05. Rollin’ Stone (Morganfield) 6.01
06. A Song For Jenny (Marriott) 2.36
07. The Light (Frampton) 3.19
08. Big George (Ridley) 4.09
09. Strange Days (Ridley/Marriott/Shirley/Frampton) 6.36
10. Red Neck Jump (Marriott) 3.06

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One of the finest songs of Humble Pie:

Here come a dealer with a bag full
He’s pushing from the corner of his eyes
But you can tell by the shine on his shoes
He’s working for the FBI

Well, there’s a cop on every corner, yeah
He’s got an axe to grind
Waitin’ for some guitar-playing, grass-smoking long-hair
He got promotion on his mind

Well, strange days, yeah
I’d like to know, what I’m supposed to do
Is Uncle Sam watching you, too?

I’m running on strange ways, yeah
Strange days…

Strange ways…
‘Cause we’re living in strange days…
Strange ways…
You’ve got strange ways…
Strange ways…

Living in strange days…
Surrounded by strange ways…
Yeah, strange ways…
Stop it, strange ways….

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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Steve Marriott & Peter Frampton – Humble Pie Reunion Demos (1991)

FrontCover1Humble Pie was formed in late 1968 when Steve Marriott, guitarist and incomparable blues rock vocalist, left the Small Faces, and joined forces with guitarist/singer Peter Frampton, formerly of The Herd, ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, and 17 year-old drummer Jerry Shirley. Few people today remember Steve Marriott, and that’s a pity. His voice was what Jimmy Page wanted Robert Plant to sound like, and Plant openly emulated Marriott. Humble Pie’s fade out from rock consciousness was due to multitude of factors. Their studio albums were relatively poor sellers, and relying so heavily on cover songs probably worked against them. The group disbanded in 1975, reunited briefly in 1979, then saw Marriott quit and move back to England in 1983. In 1991, he and Peter Frampton were collaborating on a possible HP reunion in California, when Steve rather abruptly flew home to England. Marriott was tragically killed in a fire at his home on April 19, 1991. (by elevenwarriors.com)

This was the last recordings of Steve Marriott and the tracklist is very interesting, because Frampton & Marriott recorded some old songs from the Seventies …  includig new versions of songs like “Why I Need the Blues” (originally recorded by “Cochise” … but I guess this is the original version – with Steve Marriott as a background singer – and not a Frampton/Marriott version from 1991, unfortunately I have not the time to check this out) or “And The Band Played On” (original recorded by the great “Back Street Crawler” feat. Paul Kossoff … (maybe another fake, it sounds like the original version).

So, this is a very mysterious, strange bootleg … but … songs like “The Bigger They Come” and “I Won’t Let You Down” are definitely songs from this early 1991 sessions … a few months before Steve Marriott died …

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals)
Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
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Tracklist:
01. Scratch My Back (Big Black Dog) (Frampton/Shirley/Ridley/Marriott) 4.10
02. Why I Need the Blues (That´s Why I Sing The Blues) ( 4.14 (7.1MB)
03. Rolling Stone Part 2 (Morganfield) 4.02
04. And The Band Played On (Wilson) 4.38
05. The Bigger They Come I (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4:21
06. Groove By You I (unknown) 0.21
07. The Bigger They Come II (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4.17
08. I Won’t Let You Down I (Frampton/Msrriott) 4:31
09. The Bigger They Come III  (Frampton/Marriott/Regan) 4.20
10. Groove By You II (unknown) 3.11
11. Cold Hearted Head (unknown) 2.28
12. I Won’t Let You Down II (Frampton/Marriott) 4.36

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Humble Pie – Town And Country (1969)

FrontCover1“Town and Country” was Humble Pie’s second studio album, released in August 1969, in the UK only.

Conceived at Steve Marriott’s 16th century “Arkesden” cottage in Moreton, Essex, England, “Town and Country” offered different approach for Humble Pie, following the “roots rock” trend started by the Beatles with “Get Back”. The finished LP was a departure from the “heavy” sound prevalent on Humble Pie’s first album. The Beatles had initiated the “back to the roots” movement, an effort to rediscover the joys of old-time rock ‘n’ roll, eschewing electric guitars, and the “heavy” sound that had swept rock ‘n’ roll in 1968, opting instead for acoustic instruments. Humble Pie’s effort blended these elements into a tasteful, and very listenable, record. The disc, a definite improvement over their first LP, “As Safe As Yesterday”, bolstered the group’s reputation, despite their record company’s woes, and disappointing sales. Immediate Records rushed the album into UK record shops in the Fall of 1969, hoping the record would enter the charts before the company went bankrupt. However, with no promotional budget to promote it, the album quickly sank without a trace. The LP wasn’t released in the US, at that time, although the band was on its first American tour when the album was released, but it got a lot of attention on underground FM stations.

All four members of the band contributed songs. On the recordings, Peter Frampton contributed acoustic, Spanish, and lead guitars, Steve Marriott played guitar, sitar, percussion and keyboards, and took a turn on bass. Greg Ridley also contributed guitar and tambourine, while Jerry Shirley handled not only his drum kit, but added a percussion saw on the first cut, and as well as tambourine, tablas, and maracas, and Wurlitzer piano on his own composition.

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Two of the more memorable tracks were a cover of the classic Buddy Holly song “Heartbeat” and the notable Marriott composition “Every Mother’s Son”. Most, if not all, of the material dated back to recordings in the spring and early summer of 1969, when the band recorded more than two albums’ worth of material Legal wrangling with Frampton’s old management had delayed a release until August; the band hit the road for the last half of the year, to practice their chops, live, and generate interest with the record-buying public.

Like the band’s early live shows, which opened with an acoustic set, before returning to rock out with electric guitars, in the second half of the show, “Town And Country” displayed an eclectic mix of acoustic ballads, country-rock, folk and blues, with a couple of hard rock songs to balance it out. After this album, Humble Pie returned to what would become their trademark “heavy” sound. Following Frampton’s departure, in 1971, the band would continue in the “boogie rock” vein, until the remaining and replacement members disbanded in 1975. Although Marriott revived the band in the 80’s, Humble Pie never again enjoyed wide popularity. With Steve Marriott’s death, in 1991, at age 44, the story came to an end. Humble Pie fans would have to rely on the few albums the band recorded.

The album was produced by Andy Johns younger brother of famed producer, Glyn Johns, who also worked at the Olympic Studios where the record was made.

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Anyone who thinks of Humble Pie solely in terms of their latter-day boogie rock will be greatly surprised with this, the band’s second release, for it is almost entirely acoustic. There is a gently rocking cover of Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat,” and a couple of electrified Steve Marriott numbers, but the overall feel is definitely more of the country than the town or city. “The Sad Bag of Shaky Jake” is a typical Marriott country ditty, similar to those he would include almost as a token on each of the subsequent studio albums, and “Every Mother’s Son” is structured as a folk tale. On “The Light of Love,” Marriott even plays sitar. Peter Frampton’s contributions here foreshadow the acoustic-based music he would make as a solo artist a few years later. As a whole, this is a crisp, cleanly recorded, attractive-sounding album, totally atypical of the Humble Pie catalog, but well worth a listen. ( by Jim Newsom)

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano)
Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion)
Greg Ridley (bass, vocals, guitar)
Jerry Shirley (drums, percussion, piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Take Me Back  (Frampton) 4.52
02. The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake (Marriott) 2.59
03. The Light Of Love (Ridley) 3.00
04. Cold Lady (Shirley) 3.22
05. Down Home Again (Marriott) 2.56
06. Ollie Ollie (Frampton/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley/Johns) 0.50
07. Every Mother’s Son (Marriott) 5.43
08. Heartbeat (Montgomery/Petty) 2.33
09. Only You Can See (Frampton) 3.38
10. Silver Tongue (Marriott) 3.20
11. Home And Away (Marriott/Frampton/Ridley) 5.55
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12. 79th Street Blues (bonus track for CD release) (Frampton/Marriott/Ridley/Shirley) 3.00
13. Greg’s Song (bonus track for CD release) (Ridley) 4.29

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Humble Pie – As Safe As Yesterday (1969)

OriginalFrontCover1As Safe as Yesterday Is is the debut album by rock band Humble Pie, released in the UK in August 1969. The album peaked at number 32 in the UK album chart.

Featuring former frontmen Steve Marriott (ex–Small Faces) and Peter Frampton (ex–The Herd), Humble Pie were saddled with the then-popular tag of supergroup before they had even played a note.

As Safe as Yesterday Is is a blend of heavy blues, crushing rock, pastoral folk, and post-mod pop. Marriott contributed six songs to the album, one co-written with Frampton, who also contributed two solo efforts. The record opens with a cover version of Steppenwolf’s “Desperation” and the track “Growing Closer” was written by ex–Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan who actually rehearsed with Humble Pie early on, before deciding instead to form The Faces with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, and Ronnie Lane.

Mike Saunders (later to become singer in punk band Angry Samoans) is credited for one of the first coinings of the term heavy metal as a subgenre in a 1970 review of As Safe as Yesterday Is for Rolling Stone. In 2006, the VH1 Classic documentary Heavy: The Story of Metal, the original text is shown in a close-up from the 12 November 1970 issue, in which he wrote: “Here Humble Pie were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden shit-rock band, with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt.” (by wikipedia)

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Humble Pie, known as boogie hammerheads, at least once achieved American popularity in the mid-’70s. Its origins were quite different, however, and its debut album, As Safe as Yesterday Is, is a visionary blend of hard blues, crushing rock, pastoral folk, and post-mod pop. It would be even more impressive if the group had written songs to support its sound, but it seemed to have overlooked that element of the equation. Still, there’s no denying that the sound of the band isn’t just good, it’s quite engaging, as the band bring disparate elements together, letting them bump up against each other, forming a wildly rich blend of hippie folk and deeply sexy blues. Musically, this set a template for a lot of bands that followed later — Led Zeppelin seemed to directly lift parts of this, and Paul Weller would later rely heavily on this for his ’90s comeback — and it’s very intriguing, even rewarding, on that level. But it falls short of a genuine classic, even with its originality and influence, because the songwriting is rarely more than a structure for the playing and the album often sounds more like a period piece than an album that defined its times. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals, slide-guitar, keyboards, tablas)
Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar, slide-guitar, harmonica, keyboards, tablas)
Greg Ridley (bass, percussion)
Jerry Shirley (drums, percussion, piano, harpsichord)
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01. Desperation (Kay) 6.28
02. Stick Shift (Frampton) 2.22
03. Buttermilk Boy (Marriott) 4.22
04. Growing Closer (McLagan) 3.13
05. As Safe As Yesterday Is (Frampton/Marriott) 6.05
06. Bang! (Marriott) 3.24
07. Alabama ’69 (Marriott) 4.37
08. I’ll Go Alone (Frampton) 6.17
09. A Nifty Little Number Like You (Marriott) 6.11
10. What You Will (Marriott) 4.20
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11. Natural Born Bugie (Single A-side) (Marriott) 4.12
12. Wrist Job (Single B-side) (Marriott)  4.14

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Alabama `69:

I come from Alabama and I work a ten pound hammer
And my womans picking cotton for the bossman on the hill
They work us till they break our back
And beat us cos our skin is black
I guess I’ll have to slave till the whip is in the grave
When will we be free
I wanna walk down any road
And feel we have our liberty
From day to day we live to die
The scars across my back don’t lie
Ain’t there anyone out there
To hear my freedom cry
Now I believe a man’s a man who earns his pay as best he can
The colour of his skin don’t mean that he ain’t just like you
But white folk here don’t give a hell
They think that we were born to smell
Of sweat and dust and dirt
And pull a plough until we die
When will we be free
I wanna walk down any road
And feel we have our liberty
These shoes I’m wearing every day
Got holes the size of Frisco Bay
I’m praying for the time
When there will come a judgement day
You all know how long it is since Lincoln made their promices
That one day we would walk alone the white side of the street
But there was some bad folk around
Who got so riled they shot him down
And there ain’t a cop in town
Who wouldn’t do the same for me
When will we be free
I wanna walk down any road
And feel I’ve got my liberty
When will we be free …

Humble Pie – Los Angeles (1983)

FrontCover1In late 1979, Marriott revived Humble Pie with Jerry Shirley, adding Bobby Tench, former vocalist and guitarist from The Jeff Beck Group and bassist Anthony “Sooty” Jones, from New York. They submitted “Fool for a Pretty Face”, a song Marriott and Shirley had just written, to record labels. They secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco and in the UK their material was released by Jet Records, owned by former Small Faces manager Don Arden. They recorded the album On to Victory (1980) and “Fool for a Pretty Face” reached No. 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On to Victory peaked at No. 60 on the Billboard 200. Humble Pie toured the US as part of the ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Bill’ with Ted Nugent and Aerosmith and also recorded the album Go for the Throat (1981). This album was originally recorded by the band as a raw edged Rhythm and Blues album, but their record company wanted a slicker album. in April 1981, at the beginning of the promotional tour for the Go for the Throat album, Marriott crushed his hand in a hotel room door, delaying earlier scheduled appearances by the band and he later developed a duodenal ulcer forcing the cancellation of all further tour dates in July 1981. Soon afterwards this line up disbanded, due to contractual differences. (by wikipedia)

And this is a brilliant radio show from this Humble Pie period …

Humble Pie was one of those bands that always deliver high energy on stage, this is truely recommended for all rock’n’roll fans. Listen … enjoy !

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Bobby Tench (guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ashford/Simpson/Armstead) 9.32
02. Infatuation (Marriott) 5.37
03. 30 Days In The Hole (Marriott) 9.04
04. Tin Soldier (Mariott/Lane) 4.33
05. Fool For A Pretty Face (Marriott/Shirley) 5.44
06. Rock & Roll Medley 12.13
06.1. Route 66 (Troup)
06.2. Be-Bop-A-Lula (Davis/Vincent)
06.3. Tulsa Time (Flowers)

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