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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Humble Pie

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  • With the release of both anthologies Millennium and Hot ‘N Nasty, music fans should be able to restore Humble Pie to their rightful niche in rock history as one of the founding fathers of seventies hard rock. The tragedy is that Steve Marriott, until the day he died, wanted to be an r and b/soul singer instead. This explains the presence of the Blackberries; though they are luscious background singers (especially on “Black Coffee” their one cut included here), their straight rhythm and blues vocals often clashed with the Pie’s harder rocking sound. Thankfully, the band’s hard rock material, not the later blue-eyed soul Pie, is featured here: “Four Day Creep,” “Hot ‘N Nasty,” the underrated “Big Black Dog,” and “30 Days in the Hole” (complete with memorable rehearsal introduction) are all included here, plus a fantastic cover of the Muddy Waters classic “Rollin’ Stone” that proves that hard rock and blues can and do indeed mix to perfection. “Shine On” is a great Peter Frampton cut, but his best number is of course “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” still a staple of his live performances today. It really rocks the Fillmore and proves that he and Steve enjoyed a special chemistry together that neither could fully replicate alone. Enjoy this tasty slice of pie with a cup of strong, fresh-brewed black coffee! Bottoms up!!!

    Posted on November 13, 2009