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Humble Pie’s fourth album (and last to feature guitarist Peter Frampton) is a winning amalgam of junky Stones riffs, Stax-styled soul, Band-esque country, and Zeppelin’s dirty-white-boy blues. The pure sex and strut of “79th and Sunset” capture said influences in all of three minutes—remarkable considering the lyric, which metaphorizes a young U.K. rock star’s longing for an American hit into longing for a California girl. (After his mid- to late-’60s beginning in The Small Faces, Pie singer Steve Marriott never had lucrative American hits.) “A Song for Jenny” is the most musically dynamic in the Pie catalog, lifting pedal-steel melodies and acoustic guitar wisps to shutter-rumble choruses of booming organs and soaring background vocals; the tune is a rock ’n’ roll equivalent of spiritual release and a cheerful selfie to a band just finding its worldly feet (“Today it’s Albuquerque/Tomorrow it’s the world”). The whole album bounces beautifully between those kinds of hard-rock highs and folksy tender lows, where there’s always a beating heart. Rock On is also one of producer Glyn Johns’ finest productions.

Customer Reviews

Most Complete American lp by the Pie

I love As Safe As Yesterday, the 1st release anywhere by Humble Pie. This lp is better than that one. Mostly due to the quality of the recording. Glyn Johns produced this lp, and he helped even out the bands tone. The songs on this album are also better than most of their other lp's. They rock, they play other styles, they even swing a little, and all with success. Most people would even recognize the first track, as it was an FM radio staple back in 1976, from a very famous live lp. This version has more class. Humble Pie Rocks On !

When Rock was Rock, some do it today, others don't

Black Crowes, American Minor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feet, and all the others owe this band BIG TIME. Humble Pie paved the way for the sound of sounds. I miss those Marshall amps, Gibson guitars and Steve's voice that could burn a hole through metal. So many forget how good Peter Frampton was on the guitar, especially on the live Rockin The Fillmore album.

British Blues/Boogie/Rock @ It

What a great record, what great memories. Just want to point out to those who might be confused by other reviews, this band was NEVER referred to as "Peter Frampton's Humble Pie"... but they were towards the end considered "Steve Marriot's Humble Pie". He was the driving force, founder and leader... Frampton played his part well as the lead guitarist that could also sing and contribute songwriting skills. Rock on!


Formed: 1968 in Essex, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A showcase for former Small Faces' frontman Steve Marriott and one-time Herd guitar virtuoso Peter Frampton, the hard rock outfit Humble Pie formed in Essex, England in 1969. Also featuring ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley along with drummer Jerry Shirley, the fledgling group spent the first several months of its existence locked away in Marriott's Essex cottage, maintaining a relentless practice schedule. Signed to the Immediate label, Humble Pie soon issued their debut single "Natural Born Boogie,"...
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