Album review: Humble Pie, Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings (A&M/Omnivore/Universal)


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Formed in 1969 by pop stars (Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton) in search of “heavier” options, Humble Pie were one of the first supergroups. Despite an early hit, they lacked commercial impact until this live album, culled from four shows in New York. Featuring a 20-minute jam on Dr John's “I Walk on Gilded Splinters”, it became a cornerstone of the 1970s boogie boom, helping set the groundwork for heavy rock, the success of Southern rockers such as The Allman Brothers Band, and the mega-success of Frampton. His guitar work is fluid and stinging, while Marriott's cockney-sparrer charm and soul vocals offer an engaging focus. Reissued with the shows in their entirety, the result is... too much, man. Literally.

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