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Remember The Face: Steve Marriott

Today is a poignant landmark for admirers of one of the UK’s most charismatic and distinctive rock frontman, as it’s exactly 25 years since we lost Steve Marriott. The former leader of the Small Faces and Humble Pie died in a house fire on 20th April, 1991, at the cruelly young age of 44.
Thankfully, Steve’s achievements as a true figurehead of pop and rock music, especially in the 1960s and ’70s, are now widely acknowledged. His talents are currently being celebrated at London’s Vaults Theatre, in the highly recommended musical All Or Nothing The Mod Musical, which brings the Small Faces‘ story vividly to life.

Marriott, was from Manor Park in east London, was a born performer, starting his first band at the age of 12 and starring on the West End stage in Lionel Bart’s hit production of Oliver! at just 13 years old. Further stage roles followed, but as All Or Nothing documents, his heart was always in music.

His dreams came true when the Small Faces, formed in 1965, made it big and enjoyed several years of hit singles and increasingly influential and experimental albums. Marriott’s wanderlust and disillusionment with the business of music led him to leave the band and form Humble Pie.

Humble Pie

There, he developed a creative partnership with a new group of like-minded players, including Peter Frampton. “It was the best band you could ever be in as far as I was concerned,” said Frampton, “because you’ve got my idol there. Steve would open his mouth and gold came out.”

Marriott fronted Humble Pie from 1969 to 1975, and briefly in a reunited version in the early 1980s. He also made some notable albums in his own name, including the 1976 solo debut Marriott. 1990’s Marriott & Band included versions of his treasured Small Faces songs ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘What’cha Gonna Do About It.’

Shortly before the end of his life, Marriott was interviewed by Paul Sexton, and reflected with quiet satisfaction on his career. “I was seduced at 18,” he said, “and it was quite good but it paled very quickly. I realised it had nothing to do with music and everything to do with the shape of your bum…what’s been has gone, and I’m very proud of it.

“I’ve got what I wanted, which is just enough money to live on, in no great style but a nice way, and to have some respect from other musicians and play the pubs and clubs, where the music’s still real.”

Humble Pie’s “Up Our Sleeve: Official Bootleg Box Set Vol 3” is latest recorded testament to what this band did best; playing bluesy, gutsy, soulful hard rock, live on stage. Drawn from a variety of audience recordings that have previously only been available as “under the counter” pirate releases, this is an honest and raw tribute to a classic and much missed super-group on the 1970s, released in conjunction with Pie founder member and drummer, Jerry Shirley.

Originally emerging from the remnants of 1960s beat heroes The Small Faces, Humble Pie formed in 1969 when mercurial guitarist and vocalist Steve Marriott joined forces with The Herd’s Peter Frampton, joined by drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley. After two albums for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label, Humble Pie switched to A&M records, and began their ascent to conquering the theatres and then arenas of North America, culminating in 1972’s double live “Performance: Rockin’ The Filmore”.

Peter Frampton left shortly after to pursue a successful solo career, replaced by Clem Clempson. It was this line-up that is captured across these 5 discs. .Spread across CDs 1 & 2, The Pie were promoting their latest studio record “Smokin'” when they hit Gaelic Park, in Riverdale, NY on 22nd August 1972, from which ‘Hot ‘N’ Nasty’, ‘I Wonder’ and their cover of Eddie Cochran’s ‘C’mon Everybody’ were taken.

Also featured are ‘Hallelujah (I Love Her So)’, ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’, ‘Four Day Creep’ and ‘Rollin’ Stone’ from the previous year’s “Performance: Rockin’ The Filmore”. .Recorded three days later, CD 3 features a similar set, as well as their take on the Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’ plus ‘Up Our Sleeve’, both of which would feature on 1973’s “Eat It”. .By the time they hit Boston’s Music Hall on 10th April 1973 featured on CD 4, Humble Pie had been joined by the Blackberries, Venetta Fields, Clydie King & Billie Barnum. Promoting the new double LP “Eat It”, the set includes band original ‘Up Our Sleeve’.

Humble Pie

One of the UK’s most charismatic and distinctive frontmen was taken from us when Steve Marriott, of the Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a house fire on 20th April 1991. He was a cruelly young 44 years of age.

Thankfully, Steve’s achievements as a true figurehead of pop and rock music, especially in the 1960s and ’70s, are now widely acknowledged. His talents have been celebrated of late in the highly recommended musical All Or Nothing — The Mod Musicalwhich brings the Small Faces’ story vividly to life and continues to play to massive response.

Marriott, from Manor Park in the East of London, was a born performer. He started his first band at the age of 12 and starred on the West End stage in Lionel Bart’s hit production of Oliver! at just 13.

His dreams came true when the Small Faces, formed in 1965, made it big and enjoyed several years of hit singles and increasingly influential and experimental albums. Marriott’s wanderlust and disillusionment with the business of music led him to leave the band and form Humble Pie. There, he developed a creative partnership with a new group of like-minded players, including Peter Frampton. “It was the best band you could ever be in as far as I was concerned,” said Frampton, “because you’ve got my idol there.

Formed by Steve Marriott in 1969 after the break-up of Small FacesHumble Pie epitomised the British rock supergroups emerging at the turn of the decade. With the charismatic Marriott taking on frontman duties, he enlisted Peter Frampton (then of The Herd) on guitar, Spooky Tooth’s Greg Ridley on bass and a teenage Jerry Shirley on drums. The group released two beloved albums on Small Faces’ former label, Immediate, before making a switch to A&M in 1970 and working up a harder, blues-rock sound that would earn acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

The group’s self-titled effort, released in summer 1970, solidified their new direction and set Humble Pie up for a run of albums that would make an indelible mark on the blues-rock scene, among them Rock On, Smokin’ and the classic live double-album, Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore, recorded at New York’s iconic Fillmore East, before the group temporarily disbanded in 1975. Steve Marriott fronted Humble Pie from 1969 to 1975, and briefly in a reunited version in the early 1980s. He also made some notable albums in his own name, including the 1976 solo debut Marriott1990’s Marriott & Band included versions of his treasured Small Faces songs ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘What’cha Gonna Do About It.’

Shortly before the end of his life, Marriott was interviewed and he reflected with quiet satisfaction on his career. “I was seduced at 18,” he said, “and it was quite good but it paled very quickly. I realised it had nothing to do with music and everything to do with the shape of your bum…what’s been has gone, and I’m very proud of it.

“I’ve got what I wanted, which is just enough money to live on, in no great style but a nice way, and to have some respect from other musicians and play the pubs and clubs, where the music’s still real.

Humble Pie A&M Years Vinyl Box Set

Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley are with us no more, but with the full input of both Frampton and ShirleyThe A&M Vinyl Box Set 1970-1975 commemorates their great work. Collecting all seven of the group’s A&M albums across nine slabs of 180g vinyl, it presents this part of the group’s legacy in better-than-ever audio

“Eat It, in particular, had sound problems originally,” says Jerry Shirley, who adds that they have “now been eradicated once and for all, so that our fans, old and new, can hear it as was it was intended to be”. Much love and care has been put into assembling the package too, with the albums coming in a hardback slipcase and replica artwork – including the die-cut sleeve that originally housed Thunderbox.

Jerry and I worked together with A&M for some time to get this released,” Peter Frampton notes, adding, “We pay tribute to our two lost brothers, Steve and Greg, and hope you enjoy this as much as we did putting it all together.

Humble pie official bootleg artwork

Formed by Steve Marriott in 1969 Humble Pie were one of the first super group rock bands to form, the original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from the Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a seventeen-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley. Signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label. •After two albums for Immediate, Humble Pie switched to A&M Records, and began their ascent to conquering the theatres, then arenas of North America, culminating in 1972’s double live “Performance: Rockin’ The Filmore”. Frampton would leave to pursue a highly successful solo career, to be replaced by Clem Clempson, and it was this line-up that was captured at the Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago on 22nd September 1972, whilst touring to promote that year’s “Smokin’” opus, from which ‘Hot ‘n’ Nasty’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’ were taken. •

This selection of never legally released bootleg live versions of the 1970′ s supergroup concerts in Chicago 1972, Tokyo 1973 and Charlton Athletic Football Ground in 1974, housed in a gatefold sleeve. This is the first time that they even been officially and legitimately released with much improved audio, and with the input and consent from Humble Pie’ s Jerry Shirley. 

Some of the tracks taken from one of these gigs, the Charlton FC one from May 1974 when the Humble Pie, who were third on the bill that day,stole the honours from headliners The Who,and now 44 years later all who attended can relive that day again.

Humble Pie’s “Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1” is a raw testament to what this band did best; playing bluesy, gutsy, soulful and often hard rock, live on stage to an adoring audience. Drawn from a variety of mainly audience recordings that have previously only been available as “under the counter” pirate releases, this is an honest, and often unforgiving, tribute to a classic and much missed 70s supergroup. •

Live At Winterland

First and foremost, to have this album on vinyl – is incredible! because as you’ll clearly hear – this baby rocks! Humble Pie had to rock because they followed a blazing performance by Slade. From a concert on May 6th, 1973 at San Francisco’s Winterland Theatre. Opening this show was a little known band then named Steely Dan. Marriott is on fire from the fist note to the last.
there is more material from this show, maybe so. Most gigs from this time period, however, did not run too much over an hour’s worth of material, especially, when three or more bands shared the bill. My only gripe with this package is the packaging, itself! Open the gate fold & do we get a concert photo of the band at Winterland? No! A generic photo, instead. Winterland has some historic significance that should have been highlighted with some photos of that gig or at least the marquee.

And, why is the included poster that of a gig in Europe? Why not a replica of the hand bill that Bill Graham had reproduced of the gig at Winterland? Cleopatra Records gets an A+ for releasing this on vinyl. The sound is fantastic! Cleopatra Records gets a D for liner notes. Do your homework, guys. This is historical stuff and deserves the full package and better information.

This live recording of Humble Pie was made at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom in May of 1973, during what many consider to be the band’s creative peak. This Winterland show being only the fifth show recorded for the then brand-newly syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour radio concert series, features a blistering set of material. From “I Don’t Need No Doctor” to the infectious Top 10 hit “Hot ‘N Nasty” this recording features all the essential music from the Humble Pie catalogue. And since the band built their reputation on legendary live shows, is arguably better than anything the band ever did in the recording studio.

Humble Pie first came together on New Year’s Eve, 1968/69. Marriott had just played a disastrous gig with The Small Faces, whose opening act, oddly enough, was Ridley’s Spooky Tooth. Frampton had already left The Herd and was forming a new band with Shirley, a child prodigy drummer, who was only 16 at the time. Marriott called Shirley after the show and asked if he and Ridley could join the new band he and Frampton were assembling. According to Shirley, he couldn’t believe a singer as acclaimed as Steve Marriott was even interested, and was “thrilled” at the prospect of what the new band could achieve.

The band made its debut in April of 1969, but almost collapsed at the onset. Despite the media hoopla surrounding their supergroup status and a slew of critical raves, Humble Pie’s early albums (As Safe as Yesterday Is and Town and Country – both on Oldham’s Immediate label) were not commercial hits. Marriott and Frampton couldn’t decide if the band should move in an acoustic or electric direction, a dilemma that made the initial records hard to market. The band also had to hit the road before they really had time to work out their live show, and early tours were mostly lackluster as a result. Then, in 1970, the tides began to turn.

The band hired Dee Anthony as its manager, who promptly signed them to A&M Records. The band recorded Humble Pie and Rock On in 1970 and ’71, respectively. Both albums forged the band into a solid – and very electric – blues/rock machine. The critics got behind the band en masse, and records began selling in large numbers. By the time the band had recorded and released Rockin’ The Fillmore in 1971, the word had spread: Humble Pie was one of the hottest live band since the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Just then, Frampton decided he didn’t feel comfortable in the band’s hard rockin’ blues direction and left to pursue a solo career. While the most memorable material from Rockin’ The Fillmore (“I Don’t Need No Doctor,” “4 Day Creep” and the soulful remake of Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So”) also appear on this LP, but the versions differ dramatically, as Frampton had since been replaced by Dave “Clem” Clempson.

Though some in the rock press predicted the band’s demise upon Frampton’s departure, the opposite seemed to happen. Clempson revitalized the band, and helped take it in an even harder direction. When the band returned in 1972 with Smokin’, they had become a well-oiled rock ‘n’ roll dynamo. Five of the album’s tracks – “Hot ‘N Nasty,” “30 Days In The Hole,” “Road Runner,” “You’re So Good For Me” and Eddie Cochran’s classic “C’mon Everybody” – soon became radio staples. Smokin’ became a multi-platinum Top 10 smash, and remains the best selling album of the band’s career.

This concert was recorded while the band was promoting Eat It!, a double LP that featured three sides of studio songs and one side of live material. Though Eat It! went to the Top 15, and Humble Pie had firmly established themselves as a powerful live act, the band’s powers (and their popularity) seemed to gradually decline following this tour. The band returned in 1974 with Thunderbox, but the constant focus by the media and the fans on Steve Marriott began taking its toll within the group. In 1975, Humble Pie reunited in the studio with ex-manager Andrew Oldham, and recordedStreet Rats, a quirky collection of tracks, including three Beatles covers. The band embarked on a “Farewell” tour, and called it a day.

Though Humble Pie never quite reached the commercial status of Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton, they did leave an indelible mark on the contemporary rock music. The passion of Marriott’s blue-eyed soul, the powerful blast of the band’s clever rhythm section, compounded by the skillful guitar work of Frampton (and later, Clem Clempson), will forever keep Humble Pie near the head of the blues/rock class of legends.

Band

  • Steve Marriott – Guitar, vocals.
  • Clem Clempson – Guitar, backing vocals.
  • Greg Ridley – Bass guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Shirley – Drums.

There’s nothing like making the grand entrance to impress people, but few do it in such style as Humble Pie’s Jerry Shirley and I managed when we drove to Steve Marriott’s country home on Friday. As the brakes of Jerry’s mini failed in the entrance to the drive we gracefully smashed into and through the newly-repaired gate and glided to a regal halt half on the lawn!

A barefooted Steve came hurtling through a gateway from the rear garden and pulled up in his tracks when he saw what had happened. Jerry was attempting to halt the car which had started rolling again in the direction of Steve’s car while I clambered through the dead gate.

“I thought it was a scooter crash, we’re always getting them out here. We keep having to rush out with cups of tea to revive people,” Steve gasped. “Are you okay? Right, one new gate needed and two shots of liquid refreshment for medicinal purposes.” on that practical note we filed into one of Steve’s two cottages to find his wife, Jenny, making tea amid four dogs, three kittens, and two geese. This, it seems, was only part of the Marriott menagerie.

Steve Marriott had been living in the country for almost three years now and Jerry thinks it has made a new man of the one-time looner. “He’s much calmer now, different,” Jerry said on the way down. “He’s changed, but not that much… he’s more himself. He doesn’t get moods, he’s just back into being the real Steve.” He has virtually finished with drink and accessories, preferring cups of tea and the fresh air. Uppermost in Steve’s mind that day is the group’s first album with A&M. Titled simply Humble Pie, it is an important first and a lot of hard work has gone into it.

‘Live With Me’ on side one, called This Side, is the type of thing you might expect to hear during a jazz festival when the sun is high and the atmosphere is peaceful. Pete Frampton’s organ begins and is joined by Jerry on drums and then the guitars of Steve and Greg Ridley. Pete controls the organ fluctuation very well, taking the crescendos down to a soft melody very neatly. It’s a relaxing number with little bursts of energy.

Steve: “That’s a stage number. All those things we kept them like we do on stage.”

‘Only A Roach’ could well be a modern country-and-western number in its approach. The vocal harmonies are used to repeat lines at the end of verses and then sing along together. Not the sort of thing I would have expected from Humble Pie‘One-Eyed Trouse-Snake Rumba‘. If you don’t know what the creature in the title is, write to me for the answer in a plain, sealed envelope! A fair old bit of rock and roll with two voices taking alternate parts.

‘Earth and Water Song’ has quiet vocals and thoughtful lyrics with an uncomplicated backing. The acoustic guitar, tapping cymbals, light drumming and flowing organ create a pleasing effect. “I am the earth and she is my water” goes one line, then there’s a short piece of louder instrumental work which becomes more prominent during the number, though it’s never obtrusive. The other side is called That Side; it is generally much louder ‘I’m Ready’ is all very heavy and has Pete yelling over a frenzied riff. A lot of bass drum and cymbals and a fine contrasting lead guitar with lots of guts going into the whole thing. ‘Theme From Skint’ is almost a folk song. It’s like a cross between Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones being folksy. It gets more pounding after a time and this is because it leads straight into…Rock On.  ‘See You Later Liquidator’ which is no doubt a reference to a certain period in the Pie’s recent career. It is musically violent and takes over as the second part of an idea that began during the preceding track. It builds and builds to a walloping crash of thunder at the end after holding the same course but progressing in volume. ‘Red Light Mamma, Red Hot!’ Much heaviness and pounderama abounds here. Stomp, stomp go the drums, the guitars crack away and Pete belts the lyrics out in fine fashion. A nice guitar passage is combined with fierce drumming and a forceful bass line.

‘Sucking On The Sweet Vine’ is the final track. “A love song” is not quite the right description, though it is basically just that. It is in some ways similar to ‘Only A Roach’ though not so involved. The theme is sadness and desolation, and the music is complimentary though very much of today. Steve: “Greg wrote it and sung it. He needed a band where he could come out of himself.”

The Album over, we talked about its chances, which I rate highly, and Steve commented: “I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever been involved in. What I’m knocked out about is the clarity, that’s down to Glyn Johns, the engineer.

“It’s not just a thin sound to get the clarity, he gets a nice loud sound at the same time. I’ll stand up for this album to anyone any day of the week. an album should be like a stage show.” From the “Life and Times of Steve Marriott”

We rejoined Jerry and Jenny and the dogs who were playing football (honestly) on the lawn. The group had a gig that evening at Southampton Top Rank and getting there was proving a bit of a problem because of Jerry’s crash, the fact that Steve oughtn’t to drive at night (says Jenny) and they had to pick up Pete at his home in Hampstead en route. So a mini cab was called.

The journey back to London from deepest Essex was spent by Steve, Jerry and myself awarding points out of ten to young ladies in the street. It’s a popular Humble Pie pastime it seems.

 

You won’t find this special compilation LP by one of the UK’s most iconic bands in any store on 21st April. Except one. Humble Pie ‘On 79th Street’ will only be available from Pie & Vinyl. Obvious? Or are we bucking the trend of Record Store Day in the manner that Andrew Loog Oldham, legendary founder of Immediate Records and Rolling Stones manager might have done?

Or does this one-off LP celebrate the spirit of RSD more than any other release? Inspired by the beautiful pied-piperess Katherine who led us all to Pie & Vinyl and discoveries that linked her vibrant, musical town of Portsmouth & Southsea, an amazing record store and the timeless sounds of Humble Pie to dramatic events in Southsea over 40 years ago that culminated in a truly local effort to press the LP in Portsmouth and have it on sale in Southsea for Saturday 21 April. Says Immediate Records reissue producer Rob Caiger: “Wouldn’t it be great if by doing all of this, a new fan on Record Store Day discovers Humble Pie – in Pie & Vinyl – and feels the same excitement hearing ‘Natural Born Bugie’ as I did in my own local record shop Downtown Records many years ago. There’s no better place to hear new sounds (however old…) then in a record shop – and that’s just one reason why we should celebrate Record Store Day.

One of the first supergroups, Humble Pie formed in 1969 and soon became one of the best-loved, hardest-rocking live acts of the 1970s. In Steve Marriott, the one-time Small Faces frontman, Pie had the best showman and biggest voice in the business. Peter Frampton, ‘Face Of ‘68’ with The Herd, had a new role – guitar hero. And with hard-hitting drummer Jerry Shirley and ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, Humble Pie quickly developed into a sophisticated studio unit where tough riffs, rustic rock and bursts of blissed-out late psychedelia earned the band instant chart success and critical acclaim.

Supervised by Peter Frampton & Jerry Shirley, all songs have been newly remastered by Nick Robbins at Soundmastering and cut halfspeed by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios. ‘79th Street Blues’ (take 7) was recorded at Olympic Studios on 3rd January 1970 and mixed by Rob Keyloch at Church Walk Studios exclusively for this LP and will not appear anywhere else.

Pressing the ‘secret’ Record Store Day 2018 release at Vinyl Presents Humble Pie – “On 79th Street”

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It’s such a shame that Steve Marriott isn’t around to see the appreciation and activity surrounding his musical legacy. All Or Nothing, the musical about the life of the Small Faces set in the modern era and written by Carol Harrison, followed an acclaimed 2016 London run by touring the country. Having played to packed houses both in the capital and on several tours around the country, early 2018 saw the show return to London at the Arts Theatre.

Steve’s post-Small Faces band, Humble Pie, continue to be revered by rock fans everywhere, and his daughter Mollie Marriott, after singing with the likes of Paul Weller and the Gallagher brothers, is building a reputation in her own solo career, notably with her much-praised debut album Truth Is A Wolf. She is also creative consultant for the musical.

Mollie’s dad, “the real modfather,” as he was once called, was born in Manor Park in Essex on 30 January 1947. He was taken from us in tragic and premature circumstances in a fire in April 1991, at the age of just 44, but what a lot he packed into his years of passionate musicianship.

Steve Marriott’s Legacy Alive And Well

Marriott was just 12 when he formed his first band. He was 13 when he was first on the London west end stage as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, 16 when he landed his first solo record deal with Decca Records and 17 when the Small Faces got together. Fuelled with his brilliant songwriting, much of it with fellow Small Face Ronnie Lane, and Steve’s distinctively soulful rock helmsmanship, the group became an essential part of what we remember as the swinging ‘60s. He was daring, impudent, uncontrollable and innovative, and the Small Faces packed more into four years than most bands do in a lifetime.

Then Steve managed the almost impossible achievement of creating another band who were also instantly successful, but with a harder rock sound that would see them fill American arenas in the 1970s. Humble Pie were another perfect vehicle for Marriott’s effusive talent, and after his glory years, Steve embraced various reunions of his two groups and numerous side projects, happy for any stage on which to express himself. We hope he’s looking down on the new momentum and respect that’s rightly being afforded his catalogue, and his daughter Mollie’s work, and enjoying it all.

This new 4CD boxed set that lovingly documents the final musical years of a true legend, a great songwriter, musician, and formidable frontman – Steve Marriott. Steve was sadly taken from us prematurely at the age of 44 on the 30th April 1991. Vocalist and guitarist in such great bands as Small Faces and Humble Pie, Steve clearly had so much more to give, as is evidenced here, and this box set attempts to pay respect to the inspirational talent that is Steve Marriott by compiling four of his last ever live shows from his final year with us in 1991

Humble Pie: Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1 collects four gigs from the English rockers on three CDs recorded between September 1972 and June 1974 with the line-up of Steve Marriott (guitar/vocals/harmonica/keyboard), Clem Clempson (guitar/vocals), Greg Ridley (bass/vocals) and Jerry Shirley (drums) supported by The Blackberries on background vocals.  This collection has been curated by founding member Shirley, who drew upon the band’s numerous bootleg recordings to select ones which he felt were of a high audio and performing standard.

The first show, on Disc One, hails from Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre on September 22nd, 1972 and features band originals alongside blues-drenched covers of “Honky Tonk Women,” “Hallelujah (I Love Her So),” “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” and more.  This disc also begins a Tokyo show from May 1973 which is continued on Disc Two.  Shirley recalls in his liner notes that Jeff Beck (then playing Tokyo with Beck, Bogert and Appice) attended the concert, making Clempson (who had replaced Peter Frampton in Humble Pie in 1971) nervous as he played the guitar solo to Ray Charles’ “I Believe to My Soul.”  The show also features scorching takes on Holland/Dozier/Holland’s Motown classic “(I’m A) Road Runner” and Marriott’s “Steve’s Little Jam” and”30 Days in the Hole.”

Disc Three kicks off with the band’s May 18, 1974 concert at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in which they shared a bill with The Who, Maggie Bell, and Bad Company (in one of their first major appearances).  Playing alongside fellow onetime Mods The Who, Marriott opened the show with The Small Faces’ “What’cha Gonna Do About It.”  This disc concludes with a short four-song performance at London’s Rainbow Theatre on June 6th, 1974, broadcast for U.S. television’s The Midnight Special.  The group tackled three band originals plus Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody,” a staple performed at all of the shows preserved here.

Jerry Shirley shares his memories in the full-color 16-page booklet included within the clamshell box.  Though sound is mostly listenable throughout, a disclaimer helpfully notes that these far-from-pristine recordings were originally made as audience bootlegs, and aren’t up to studio quality (or professionally-recorded live quality) standards, but are significant nonetheless for their historical importance in the band’s arc.

Humble Pie’s Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1 are available now

CD 1

  1. Only One Woman – Marbles
  2. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  3. Warm Ride
  4. Bad Girl – Rainbow
  5. Night Games
  6. O.S.
  7. Girl from Uptown – Michael Schenker Group
  8. Island in the Sun – Alcatrazz
  9. Hiroshima Mon Amour – Alcatrazz
  10. Since You Been Gone (Live) – Alcatrazz
  11. God Blessed Video – Alcatrazz
  12. Will You Be Home Tonight – Alcatrazz
  13. Skyfire – Alcatrazz
  14. Blue Boar – Alcatrazz
  15. Stand in Line – Impellitteri
  16. Tonight – Impellitteri
  17. Midnight Crossing (1989 Demo) (*)
  18. Hit and Run – Forcefield
  19. Let the Wild Run Free – Forcefield
  20. All Night Long (2015) – Graham Bonnet Band (*)

CD 2

  1. Look Don’t Touch
  2. Afterlife – Blackthorne
  3. We Won’t Be Forgotten – Blackthorne
  4. Don’t Kill the Thrill – Blackthorne
  5. Breakaway
  6. Killer
  7. Hunting Time – Anthem
  8. Hungry Soul – Anthem
  9. Love in Vain – Anthem
  10. Perfect Crime – Impellitteri
  11. Fighters Fist – Taz Taylor
  12. Radio Luxembourg – Taz Taylor
  13. You Are Your Money (Demo) – Elektric Zoo (*)
  14. Lost in Hollywood
  15. My Kingdom Come – Graham Bonnet Band (**)
  16. Mirror Lies – Graham Bonnet Band (**)

DVD

  1. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
  2. Danny
  3. Only You Can Lift Me
  4. Warm Ride
  5. Can’t Complain
  6. I’m a Lover
  7. The Way That It Is
  8. Anthony Boy
  9. Night Games
  10. Island in the Sun – Alcatrazz
  11. Hiroshima Mon Amour – Alcatrazz
  12. God Blessed Video – Alcatrazz
  13. Stand in Line – Impellitteri
  14. Stand in Line (Alternate Version) – Impellitteri
  15. The Mirror Lies – Graham Bonnet Band

Powerstation Live in Tokyo 1988 – Impellitteri

  1. Stand in Line
  2. Tonight I Fly
  3. Leviathan
  4. All Night Long
  5. Secret Lover
  6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  7. Goodnight and Goodbye
  8. Since You Been Gone

(*) previously unreleased

(**) previously unreleased on CD

Humble Pie, Official Bootleg Box Set Volume 1 (Hear No Evil/Cherry Red HNEBOX083, 2017) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)

CD 1

Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, September 22, 1972

  1. Introduction
  2. Up Our Sleeve
  3. C’mon Everybody
  4. Honky Tonk Women
  5. I Wonder
  6. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
  7. I Don’t Need No Doctor
  8. Hot ‘n’ Nasty
  9. Four Day Creep

Shibuya Kokaido Tokyo, May 16, 1973

  1. Up Our Sleeve
  2. Tokyo Jam
  3. C’mon Everybody

CD 2

Shibuya Kokaido Tokyo, May 16, 1973 (continued)

  1. Honky Tonk Women
  2. Steve’s Little Jam
  3. I Believe to My Soul
  4. 30 Days in the Hole
  5. Road Runner
  6. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
  7. I Don’t Need No Doctor
  8. Hot ‘n’ Nasty
  9. Oh La-De-Da

CD 3

Charlton Athletic Football Ground, May 18, 1974

  1. Introduction
  2. What’cha Gonna do About It
  3. Thunderbox
  4. Sweet Peace and Time
  5. 30 Days in the Hole
  6. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker
  7. C’mon Everybody/I Want a Little Girl
  8. I Don’t Need No Doctor

Rainbow Theatre, London, June 6, 1974

  1. Thunderbox
  2. 30 Days in the Hole
  3. Sweet Peace and Time
  4. C’mon Everybody

Humble Pie – Debut Bugie

On 8th August Humble Pie released their debut ‘Natural Born Bugie’, It was Steve Marriot’s composition, released on the Immediate label; it was the second to last single release from the label that had been formed in 1965 by Andrew Loog Oldham, while still manager of the Rolling Stones. Humble Pie debuted ‘Natural Born Bugie’ on the BBC in early August along with, ‘Desperation’, ‘The Sad Bag of Shaky Jake’ and ‘Heartbeat’. Of these four tracks only ‘Desperation’, written by Steppenwolf’s John Kay, appeared on their debut album, As Safe As Yesterday Is that came out later in August. ‘Natural Born Bugie’ was a single release and the other two tracks were held over until their follow up, Town and Country album that was released in November 1969.

Peter Frampton told journalist Richard Younger that it was in January 1969 that he and Steve had first got together. “I was round at Glyn Johns’s house listening to this new band he’d recorded, called Led Zeppelin. I’m drooling and my jaw is on the floor and was just turning the record over when the phone rings.” It was Steve Marriott saying that he had quit the Small Faces. Steve had already been helping Peter put his band together and he had found Jerry Shirley, the drummer with Apostolic Intervention who Peter wanted to use. Steve, once he had left the Small Faces, also said he could bring and bass player Greg Ridley with him who had been playing with Spooky Tooth. Humble Pie soon began rehearsing, listening to the Band’s Music From Big Pink for musical inspiration – a fact born out by their debut album.

‘Natural Born Bugie’ made No.4 on the UK charts, a excellent start for their first single. “As Safe As Yesterday Is”  spent a month on the NME album chart, peaking at No.15 and Town and Country did not do as well due to the band’s record label going bankrupt soon after its release. Their debut album has the distinction of being the first in which a reviewer, in this case Metal Mike Saunders in Rolling Stone in November 1969, referred to music as ‘heavy metal’.

If you’ve never listened to “As Safe As Yesterday Is” seek it out and give it a spin. It’s one of the most underrated debut albums ever to be released from any band. Full of great songs and some great playing – standout tracks are the title track, As Safe As Yesterday Is written by Steve and Peter, ‘Desperation’, which is better than the Steppenwolf original, and ‘What You Will.’