Rockin' the Fillmoreby Humble Pie
Recorded while Peter Frampton was still in the band, Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore captures an early performance by Humble Pie where Steve Marriot's lyricism and ideas where balanced by Frampton's searing lead guitar. This is hardly as engaging as As Safe Yesterday Is, which had studiocraft along with songcraft, but as a document of a band at a pivotal point in their existence, this is valuable and at times insightful.
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Humble Pie only played at one speed, Mach 2 with their hair on fire. Steve loved Ray Charles and his cover of Hallejuah gives me goosebumps.That opening guitar riff is so sweet. Plus the blazing guitar of Peter Frampton,this cd needs to be played at full volume with great other songs like "Don't need no doctor, I'm Ready and Stone Cold Fever". Pie's center was held together with Jerry Shirley on drums and Clem Clemson and in one of the countrys best forums "the Fillmore". this is a classic piece of music for that time period.
Humble Pie's middle was held together by Jerry Shirley "drums" and Greg Ridley "bass". Clem Clemson "lead guitar" didn't join the Pie until the Smokin' album, when Frampton left. This is a period when Humble Pie was touring with Grand Funk Railroad and Bloodrock, both managed by Terry Knight.
At this point in their rockin' run, Humble Pie were the absolute masters of covering a song and giving it new life & identity. So many people assume "I Don't Need No Doctor" & "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" are Humble Pie standards. In a way they are but HP didn't write them. They put a spin on certain songs that just screams Humble Pie! And don't for a second think this lp hasn't influenced the masses because it has! Try listening to the first 3 songs without thinking of KISS. If you don't think of KISS, you're in denial. A great record to own & love. This line-up is classic. The sound is heavy & bombastic. Plus it boogies! This is as American as England gets at the Filmore.