HUMBLE PIE – ” Rockin The Fillmore ” Great Live Albums

Posted: January 23, 2015 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Humble Pie were introduced to the UK audience as a supergroup with a big hit single, but further down the line they would become album rock and concert favourites in America. ‘Natural Born Bugie,’ a No. 4 hit in their own country in the summer of 1969, proved to be their only hit there, and by the early 1970s they were undeniably bigger across the Atlantic. But this week in 1972, they nudged back into the British charts with a very notable live double album that brought them a gold record in the States, ‘Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore.’

“I’ve got a new axe, it’s too much! It’s going to make me rock on, man!” were the words of Steve Marriott as the band took the stage. The record captures the classic Humble Pie line-up of Marriott, Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley in a classic rock ‘n’ roll setting, and just in the nick of time, too: but by the time it was released, Frampton had left to start his solo career.

The band’s shows on May 28 and 29, 1971 were taped for the album at the venue in New York’s East Village neighbourhood, only a month before the Fillmore East closed its doors. The gigs followed their US chart debut that very month with ‘Rock On,’ which only reached No. 118, but enjoyed a 23-week stay on the album chart, demonstrating the popularity they were earning with American fans.

The ‘Fillmore’ disc featured only seven tracks across its four sides, including epic versions of Dr. John’s ‘I Walk On Gilded Splinters’ (23 minutes) and the Muddy Waters song that had named a certain fellow English band, ‘Rollin’ Stone’ (16 minutes). The latter had been on the ‘Rock On’ album in a relatively modest six-minute version, and the band also included their own ‘Stone Cold Fever’ from that LP in the Fillmore set.

Humble Pie single

The live LP also included such covers as Ray Charles’ ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ and the Ashford & Simpson soul song ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor,’ which managed an eight-week run on the USA Charts.

When ‘Rockin’ The Fillmore’ made its UK chart debut in January 1972, George Harrison’s ‘Concert For Bangla Desh’ hit the chart the same week, as T. Rex fever continued, with ‘Electric Warrior’ which was the top selling album

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