fans of bluesy, hard-charging boogie rock, the legendary band Humble Pie is an
icon. Current artists such as the Black Crowes invoke its name and that of its
leader Steve Marriott with nothing less than reverence. That Humble Pie was
co-founded by Peter Frampton, enjoying a notable renaissance of late, provides
even greater impetus for these new reissues of the bands classic albums
1969, Marriott, who had left Small Faces, and Frampton, formerly of the Herd,
joined with ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and drummer Jerry Shirley.
Humble Pie’s first single, ‘Natural Born Woman’ (aka ‘Natural Born Boogie’) hit
the U.K. Top 10 and led to its debut album, As
Safe As Yesterday Is. Humble Pie live, however, was explosive, loud and
raucous. Frampton left after the tour, replaced by Dave “Clem”
Clempson, A year later, Humble Pie disbanded. Marriott and Shirley briefly
reformed the group in the ’80s but accidents and ill health plagued Marriott
and the band.
· Twelve songs
appear here, six of them covers,Ann Peeblessong ‘I
Can’t Stand the Rain’ once referred to byJohn Lennonas the perfect
single; ‘Anna (Go to
Him)’ originally written and performed byArthur Alexanderand ‘Oh
La-De-Da’ by The Staple Singers. Incidentally, the wordThunderboxis a
seventeenth century slang word for the toiletwhich gives an
example of Humble Pie’s sense of humour.The cover shows
a keyhole through which a woman can be seen sitting on a toilet.
· This reissue –
one of the first times this album has been released on CD outside of Japan – comes
with new artwork and sleeve notes by Malcolm Dome who has interviewed members
of the band to get the complete story, this along with newly re-mastered sound
makes the Humble Pie renaissance start her.