Humble Pie - Natural Born Boogie [BBC sesions 1969 -73]

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," » Read more

by Hal Horowitz

For collectors only. Humble Pie's disappointing entry into the generally classy BBC series clocks in at an anemic 36 minutes and features slapdash, often incorrect track documentation (at least three tunes are credited to the wrong songwriters) as well as below par mono sound, which seems to be transferred from vinyl. Nine of the ten tunes are studio reproductions of existing album cuts and add little to the original versions. The majority were recorded before 1971 and feature Peter Frampton, but none of the performances are revelatory. An alternate version of the rare "The Big Black Dog" single, previously available only on the definitive double anthology Hot N' Nasty, is a worthy addition, but an album-closing live "I Don't Need No Doctor," seemingly recorded by a hand-held microphone in the middle of a field, sets a new low for fidelity on a non-bootleg release and pales in comparison to the classic Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore version. Steve Marriott is in sturdy, soulful, high strutting voice throughout, but only diehard fans will find anything of interest here, and even they will be frustrated by this shoddily assembled, inconsequential addition to the catalog of a once impressive band.

1 Natural Born Bugie Marriott 3:29
2 The Sad Bag of Shaky Jake Marriott 2:26
3 Heartbeat Montgomery, Petty 2:20
4 Desperation Kay 3:51
5 The Big Black Dog Frampton, Marriott, Ridley 4:14
6 Rilling Stone Essex 4:45
7 4 Day Creep Cox 2:59
8 The Light Burke, Webster 3:48
9 Black Coffee Turner, Turner 3:37
10 I Don't Need No Doctor Bruce, Elliott, Neal, Scott 4:34



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