Humble Pie – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Humble Pie In Concert '73 (1995)


 


Recorded on May 6, 1973 at San Francisco's Winterland Theater.

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of all time
By Smitty on December 18, 1998
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Humble Pie was one the greatest live rock bands ever. They rocked in the now forgotten tradition of the Who and Mountain- loud, brash, and in your face. On studio recordings, the Pie never seemed to capture the essence of the band. Live, Humble Pie was a different story. They rocked with a ferocity rivaled only by the mighty Zeppelin. This record, a concert recorded on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show, captured the Pie at their peak. Steve Marriot, the band's vocalist/guitarist, sang like a banshee and smashed power chords in the vein of Pete Townshend. Dave Clemson, the band's second guitarist, wailed like no other and was the epitome of the Les Paul-wielding guitar god. Combined with a thunderous rhythm section, the Pie had no peers during this tour in 1973. Marriot sings like a gospel quartet on steroids, even singing his words between songs to the audience. His twin guitar work with Clemson was legendary on this night, and the band rocked with a feral intensity. There are all out rockers, sweet muscular blues, and everything in between. There is even a cranked up, gospel/rock version of the Stone's Honkey Tonk Women. If you're a rock and roll fan, run, don't walk, to the nearest record and buy this CD. Being a long time fan of the Pie, I can say that this is their finest moment on record. Crank it up and go back to a time whem rock was real and drum machines didn't exist! Long live the Pie

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Recorded on May 6, 1973 at San Francisco's Winterland Theater, King Biscuit Flower Hour: In Concert presents the post-Peter Frampton era of Humble Pie, featuring guitarist Dave Clempson backing what was by then Steve Marriott's vehicle. Marriott is in full cry on this recording, delivering his soulful, ingratiatingly over-the-top take on R&B-based hard rock with plenty of spirit; he even sings the between-song audience banter. In concert, Humble Pie displayed a ferocity that was sometimes missing from their studio albums, and King Biscuit Flower Hour not only captures that quality perfectly, it also does so arguably better than any other live album in the group's discography.
Allmusic:  http://www.allmusic.com/album/king-biscuit-flower-hour-in-concert-mw0000779517
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely smokes (scuse the pun)
By Damianon April 23, 2012
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Recorded live at the Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California on May 6, 1973, this CD shows Humble Pie's tour in support of their Smokin' album, the first without founding member Peter Frampton. Steve Marriott's smokes all the way (his sung intros between songs are really amusing).
The majority of the songs are from the SMOKIN' album.

Highlights include a frantic "30 Days in the Hole," and slowed down versions of Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" and Junior Walker's "Roadrunner"
Throughout, this release the band plays like men men possessed aka under the sword of damocles, and the recorded sound is absolutely amazing (crystal clear); in terms of sheer volume the studio versions of these songs pale in comparison. Buy it if you want to hear a great live release up there with the best of them as stated above; it's up there with Deep Purples "Made In Japan".

It's that good, nope - GREAT


Tracks
01. Up Your Sleeves/4 Day Creep (Marriott) - 3:57
02. C'mon Everybody (Capehart, Cochran) - 3:35
03. Honky Tonk Women (Jagger, Richards) - 7:22
04. Stone Cold Fever (Frampton) - 5:40
05. Blues I Believe to My Soul (Charles) - 7:25
06. 30 Days in the Hole (Marriott) - 7:49
07. (I'm A) Road Runner (Dozier, Holland) - 12:28
08. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Charles) - 7:36
09. I Don't Need No Doctor (Armstead, Ashford, Simpson) - 13:05
10. Hot 'n' Nasty (Clempson, Marriott, Ridley) - 7:20

Humble Pie:
Steve Marriott - Vocals, Guitar
Dave "Clem" Clempson - Guitar
Greg Ridley - Bass
Jerry Shirley - Drums


Backing Vocals by:  Blackberries,Billie Barnum, Clydie King, Venetta Fields



 

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