Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Brings Together The Complete Live Performance Of Humble Pie

What started out as a band of young, up-and-coming musicians lead by former Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott, turned into one of the best live hard rock bands of the seventies. Humble Pie came together by chance after Marriott left his band the Small Faces to create a more powerful live act. He recruited a young, barely-known Peter Frampton, Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and 17-year-old session drummer Jerry Shirley.
 
As expectations grew upon the new band, Humble Pie would not disappoint. Many consider them one of the founding fathers of "heavy metal" as their live shows were a sight to see. The twin guitar attack of Marriott and Frampton created some of the best jams ever heard. The band's only live album "Performance Rockin' The Fillmore" was one of there best selling albums in the U.S. and in the U.K. even though it only featured seven-songs from the bands four sold-out shows. Now a new four-disc box set from Omnivore Recordings includes every show in its entirety from the four Humble Pie shows that took place on May 28 and 29, 1971.
 
The set starts out with the complete previously never released first show. The sound on these new releases are amazing as you instantly feel like you were at the Fillmore in 1971. Each shows features a twenty-six-plus version of "I Walked On Gilded Slinters" that showcases the true musicianship within this band. While the set list pretty much stayed the same, the band would include a cover of Muddy Waters' "Rolling Stone" and a one time performance of "Stone Cold Fever." Each disc presents the shows in the correct running order at they were performed.
 
The new "Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings" deluxe box set was produced by Frampton and Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski. It will be available on October 29th. For more information, please visit omnivorerecordings.com/humble-pie/.

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