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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In 1975, Humble Pie came sputtering to a halt after a series of less than inspiring albums. Surprisingly, frontman Steve Marriott's first solo album after the split, 1976's Marriott, is a sprightly, rollicking affair that is light on the blues-rock of Humble Pie and heavy on soul, funk, and hard-charging rock & roll. The album is divided into a British side recorded by Marriott's band that included ex-T. Rex guitarist Mickey Finn and an American side with backing by a raft of West Coast session players including Michael Nesmith sidekick Red Rhodes on pedal steel. The British side is a rocked-out blast of noise with Marriott's wailing vocals sounding rejuvenated and his ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In 1975, Humble Pie came sputtering to a halt after a series of less than inspiring albums. Surprisingly, frontman Steve Marriott's first solo album after the split, 1976's Marriott, is a sprightly, rollicking affair that is light on the blues-rock of Humble Pie and heavy on soul, funk, and hard-charging rock & roll. The album is divided into a British side recorded by Marriott's band that included ex-T. Rex guitarist Mickey Finn and an American side with backing by a raft of West Coast session players including Michael Nesmith sidekick Red Rhodes on pedal steel. The British side is a rocked-out blast of noise with Marriott's wailing vocals sounding rejuvenated and his live-wire guitar playing fully to the front. Tracks like "East Side Struttin'," "Lookin' for a Love," a fully fleshed-out version of a Small Faces track, "Wam Bam Thank You Ma'am," and "Midnight Rollin'" equal the best moments of Humble Pie, and only the blues ballad "Help Me Through the Day" lets the side down. The American side is unsurprisingly a much slicker proposition, relying on backing vocalists and synths to flesh out the sound. Marriott's ragged soul shines through, however, on rollicking tracks like "Star in My Life," the disco-fied "Late Night Lady," and a slinky cover of Freddie Scott's "Are You Lonely for Me Baby." Again, the ballad drags things down as the cheesy arrangement of "You Don't Know Me" shows that maybe Marriott should have steered clear of the ballads -- the cheesy arrangement is pure supper club, and Marriott sounds very out of place. Batting .800 is nothing to look sideways at, though, and Marriott is a stunning return to form and a powerful two-finger salute to anyone who had written the lad off as washed up. He's dirty as ever and on top of his game, and the album flat out rocks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Lemon Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929766822
  • Catalog Number: 68
  • Sales rank: 50,975

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Marriott Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Foster Keyboards
Red Rhodes Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Baird Drums
Ben Benay Guitar
Alan Estes Conductor, Conga
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Dennis Kovarik Bass
Maxayn Lewis Background Vocals
Greg Ridley Bass, Background Vocals
David Spinozza Guitar
Ian Wallace Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Carlena Williams Background Vocals
Mickey Finn Guitar
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Warren Dewey Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Kenny Kerner Producer
Bob Merritt Engineer
Joe Roccisano Horn Arrangements
Richie Wise Producer
C. Walker Composer
Roland Young Art Direction
David McMacken Illustrations
Ryan Oxley Assistant Project Coordinator
Carol Clerk Liner Notes
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