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© A&M Records
Year of Release: 1972
Hot 'N' Nasty
You're So Good For Me
Old Time Feelin'
30 Days In The Hole
Sweet Peace And Time
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Humble Pie -- a great rock n roll band from the 1960s, featuring the vocals
of the late Steve Mariott, created a unique rock/blues sound, that in simple
terms, defines "kick-ass" rock. I first discovered them with their Rockin'
The Fillmore live album (highly recommended). One of the band members was
a newcomer guitarist by the name of Peter Frampton. They would also have another
big hit, "30 Days In The Hole," featured on this week's review, their
1972 studio release, Smokin'. They would also make a return in the 1980s
with another hit, "Fool For A Pretty Face."
"Hot 'N' Nasty" kicks off the album, in great traditional rock form.
"The Fixer" is even better, giving it's kick-ass rock/blues sound.
"You're So Good For Me" is a ballad, having a more southern rock sound,
compared to the likes of the Allman Brothers' "Melissa."
Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" has a very different style to the
original, as it defines Humble Pie's unique rock style. "Old Time Feelin'"
has the traditional slow blues style.
"Road Runner/Road Runner's 'G' Jam" is another good driving blues tune,
and "I Wonder" is also a slow driving blues tune, where you can imagine
Janis Joplin singing along with Steve Marriott on this one. "Sweet Peace And
Time" has a traditional 1970s rock sound, as it completes this excellent album.
Smokin' -- the title says it all -- it's a great rock and blues album,
easily enjoyed by those who favor kick-ass rock and blues. Humble Pie has always
been one of my favorite bands. Sadly, Steve Marriott passed away in a home fire in
1989. Humble Pie's music is great to listen to, and discover, for those not familiar
with them. If you haven't checked out Humble Pie, you should, as they were a force
in rock music, and surely an inspiration to many future bands.
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