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  • After the first two English-country tinged import albums, Humble Pie went under contract with A&M and delivered two knockout albums before Frampton went solo. It may sound unbelievable, but in its time this band was competing with the likes of the Rolling Stones for rock supremacy, and really had some of what it took to do that. Marriott and Frampton had a dual vocal and guitar attack thing going, and the backbone was solid (ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a kid named Jerry Shirley on drums). They were arena big, and crunched huge, “Stone Cold Fever” is a tank.

    Frampton really dashed the band, because while Marriott was a star in his own light, like any NBA fan knows, you need two stars to win championships. And this is really as far as they got, Marriott’s follow-ups were kind of sludgy without Frampton’s ringing guitar work, and eventually the band faded away. But if you go through the trouble of getting your hands on the first two imports and the first two US releases, you’ll have four albums of some really hot music, for the day at least. And while you’re at it, pick up Frampton’s first four albums as well . . . before his hair went pink.

    Posted on December 20, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Energised, stylish and capturing the contemporary rock dynamic of that era, Humble Pie were probably at their creative peak when this album was released. The band was more than simply proficient by now, and with talent like Steve Marriot and Peter Frampton on board, the playing was tight and exciting. Jerry Shirley and Greg Ridley give solid rhythm section support, and come through well on the mix. Even on my original vinyl album, the production quality shines through from the 1971 recording.
    The song quality is consistently high, and songs appear to be sequenced so as to provide a build in tension and excitement. A very accessible rock album, and a very important part of Britrock’s evolution.

    Posted on December 20, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is Humble Pie at their studio recording peak. From the opening booming and ringing chords of Frampton’s anthemic “Shine On”, it’s obvious that the listener is in for a hell-of-a-ride through some eclectic and classic 70’s rock. Everything from a taste of country rock (“Sour Grain”) to blues (“Rolling Stone”) to jazz-rock (“Strange Days”). The talent and abilities of this band at this point in their career was as good as it gets in rock & roll. The interplay between Frampton’s and Marriott’s vocals and guitar playing was unsurpassed at the time.I had seen The Pie live 2 or 3 times prior to the release of this recording. The stride they hit with the release of “ROCK ON” made you think they could make great music forever (as The Stones continue to do). This disc should be a MUST LISTEN to any serious rock fan. Every song is a bit of true magic.

    Posted on December 20, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Amazon has it dead wrong. This CD HAS been re-issued by the Rebound Records label, but it has NOT been remastered.

    This CD, along with the rest of the domestic Pie releases, are still the same crappy, 35+ year old, vinyl-EQ’d masters, which all sound like music emanating an AM radio: No bottom, no definition, no soundstage, nothing.

    *** HOWEVER ***

    On 2/14/07, Universal Japan released the entire Humble Pie A&M catalog, plus the “Marriott” solo album, in remastered, mini-sleeve packaging.

    These remasters are GLORIOUS. It’s so great to FINALLY be able to hear all the great Smokin’ tracks the way the band recorded them.

    The initial production run of the five central Pie titles (Humble Pie, Rock On, Performance, Smokin’ & Eat It) have already sold out in Japan, so don’t delay in getting yours!

    Four of the five Japanese remasters are now the audio benchmarks for these titles: The 2006 UK Repertoire version of the third album, “Humble Pie”, definitely has more clarity than the Japanese version, especially in the drums.

    Perhaps now, Universal U.S. will get up off its lazy collective a** and make these fabulous remasters available.

    Until that day, grab the Japanese CD’s before they’re gone, as all mini-sleeve CD’s are limited edition.

    Link to the 2007 Japanese remaster of Rock On


    Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century’s great art forms, the 12″ vinyl LP jacket? Then “mini-LP-sleeve” CD’s may be for you.

    Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, anything contained in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and/or die cuts, are precisely replicated and included. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

    Then, there’s the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

    Each Japan mini-sleeve has an “obi” (“oh-bee”), a removable Japan-language promotional strip. The obi lists the Japan street date of that particular release, the catalog number, the mastering info, and often the original album’s release date. Bonus tracks are only listed on the obi, maintaining the integrity of the original LP artwork. The obi’s are collectable, and should not be discarded.

    All mini-sleeve releases are limited edition, but re-pressings/re-issues are becoming more common (again, not always). The enthusiasm of mini-sleeve collecting must be tempered, however, with avoiding fake mini-sleeves manufactured in Russia and distributed throughout the world, primarily on eBay. They are inferior in quality, worthless in collectable value, a total waste of money, and should be avoided at all costs.

    Posted on December 19, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It has always amazed me why this piece of classic rock music was not on everybody’s top ten lists. Steve Marriott’s voice was at its prime. Peter Frampton’s guitar work is the best he has ever done. Buy this now, check out “Stone Cold Fever” and then tell me it’s not one the best rock songs you have ever heard. This album blows “Smokin’” away, there is no comparison. Give it a chance you won’t be sorry. Retro

    Posted on December 19, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now