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