Legendary rock super-group Humble Pie receives the reissue treatment with The A&M Box Set 1970–1975, collecting the band’s key A&M era albums for the first time in one mighty rock and roll time capsule, plus a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities.
The A&M CD Box Set 1970-1975 includes newly remastered versions of seven classic Humble Pie albums: Humble Pie (1970), Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore (1971), Rock On (1971), Smokin' (1972), Eat It (1973), Thunderbox (1974), and Street Rats (1975). Also included in the eight CD box set is a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities, with five previously unreleased tracks, plus a hardback book featuring an all-new essay, rare photos, and other memorabilia. The set was compiled in conjunction with original band members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.
"I'm so glad that we finally have this fantastic boxset of Humble Pie's great body of work," says Peter Frampton. "Jerry and I have worked together with A&M for some time to get this released. We pay tribute to our two lost brothers, Steve and Greg and hope you enjoy this as much as we did putting it all together."
Formed by Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton in 1969, Humble Pie were one of the first “super-group” rock bands. The original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from the Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from the Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, and a seventeen-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley. They were one of the first groups to find success on both sides of the Atlantic with songs like “Black Coffee,” “30 Days In The Hole,” “I Don't Need No Doctor,” and “Natural Born Bugie.”
Each of the seven timeless Humble Pie albums released on A&M Records built upon the collective DNA each seasoned bandmember brought to the table following their first two albums on the Immediate Records label in the UK. July 1970's Humble Pie opened the door with the likes of Frampton's gentle "Earth And Water Song" and a thunderous cover of Willie Dixon's "I'm Ready." March 1971's Rock On continued to lay down the band's blues-rock calling card with signature tracks like "Shine On" and "Stone Cold Fever." November 1971's double-live Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore is generally acknowledged as being one of the greatest live albums of all time, featuring the barn-burning, album-closing nine-minute version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" that became an instant FM radio classic. March 1972's Smokin' was the band's first album to feature Clem Clempson on guitar (after Peter Frampton departed for a solo career), highlighted by Marriott's perpetually pleading AOR favorite, "30 Days In The Hole." April 1973's Eat It was an ambitious double album with a different feel for each of its four sides, shifting from straight-ahead rock ("Get Down To It") to R&B (Ike & Tina Turner's "Black Coffee") and then acoustic numbers ("Summer Song"), ultimately followed by a live side to close things out ("Up Our Sleeve"). February 1974's Thunderbox is flush with a mixture of originals and covers such as Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand The Rain." Finally, the band's A&M Records swan song, February 1975's Street Rats, balanced rough-hewn originals like Marriott's "Road Hogs" with gritty covers such as Chuck Berry's "Rock 'N' Roll Music”.
No matter how you slice it, Humble Pie's storied legacy remains intact with fans and the band's contemporaries alike to this very day, and the comprehensive A&M CD Box Set (1970-1975) 8CD collection reminds us all just how smokin' great this legendary band truly was.