9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By Smokin’, Humble Pie no longer had Peter Frampton but still sounded much like a band conquering Middle America. This is their fifth and (arguably) last great album, and it brings to the front bandleader Steve Marriott’s penchant for dirty R&B and his oddly listenable weed-trimmer vocals. It’s also the band’s biggest seller (it hit the U.S. Top 10). In fact, the entire record can be viewed as a roadmap into America’s early-’70s fascination with all things boogie rock ’n’ roll, from the wah-wah–burning “Hot ’N’ Nasty” to the chest-hair-raising “The Fixer” to the greasy lockdown anthem “30 Days in the Hole.” The gloriously sludgey versions of Eddie Cochran’s “C’Mon Everybody” and Junior Walker & The Allstars’ “(I’m A) Roadrunner” are highlights: total song reinventions that revealed how, in the days before ironic versions of cover songs, the band were keenly aware of their connection to, and love of, musical history. In that sense, Humble Pie were very much attached to American rhythm and blues. They just turned it up a notch, or 10.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By Smokin’, Humble Pie no longer had Peter Frampton but still sounded much like a band conquering Middle America. This is their fifth and (arguably) last great album, and it brings to the front bandleader Steve Marriott’s penchant for dirty R&B and his oddly listenable weed-trimmer vocals. It’s also the band’s biggest seller (it hit the U.S. Top 10). In fact, the entire record can be viewed as a roadmap into America’s early-’70s fascination with all things boogie rock ’n’ roll, from the wah-wah–burning “Hot ’N’ Nasty” to the chest-hair-raising “The Fixer” to the greasy lockdown anthem “30 Days in the Hole.” The gloriously sludgey versions of Eddie Cochran’s “C’Mon Everybody” and Junior Walker & The Allstars’ “(I’m A) Roadrunner” are highlights: total song reinventions that revealed how, in the days before ironic versions of cover songs, the band were keenly aware of their connection to, and love of, musical history. In that sense, Humble Pie were very much attached to American rhythm and blues. They just turned it up a notch, or 10.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
88 Ratings
88 Ratings
Jerb ,

Jerb

My gosh..I am 62 years old and still rockin'. I lost touch with the "Pie". This is awesome. I am looking for all the 60"s bands that meant so much to me. I am thrilled to find this music.

jalwad ,

smokin

If you don't like this album,check your pulse.

FredZeppelin ,

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT

The most peculiar aspect of rummaging through what iTunes has in the library is how much I'm willing to pay again for recordings that I've purchased on wax, cassette, and cd. When I found this I had to buy it because the only medium I have it on is wax - and it was scratched to hell. Hot 'n Nasty is alone worth the freight, stoners will love 30 Days In The Hole, and the rest of the album is worth tolerating because this is the last decent album the band put out. You're So Good For Me deserves being discovered by an artist who can trim the fat and shine the song how it needs to be, The Fixer is an homage to the band's more metallic leanings and is at best average, The G Jam....well, it's a waste of time, really. Hot n' Nasty is totally amazing, 30 Days In The Hole preceded the Stones "Shattered" by I don;t know how many years for cool, unusual riffs, and paying ten bucks for these two songs is a bargain.

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