Rounding out the equation was Marriott's raspy vocals, searing with tales of pain, promise and promiscuity. Pie's renditions of blues classics I Don't Need No Doctor, Hallelujah and I Walk On Gilded Splinters should be considered mandatory listening for Guitar 101.Humble Pie finally did become a huge commercial success in the U.S., rockin' the Fillmore, shifting loads of albums, touring endlessly - but split up in 1975.
(Quote from the Robin Trower Home Page: Humble Pie)
Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals), Clem Clempson (guitar), Mickey Finn (guitar), Greg Ridley (bass), The Blackberries (backing vocals), Ian Wallace (drums) plus later addition Damon Butcher (keyboards) (thanks for info, Miguel Terol!)and later participated in a Small Faces reunion.
"30 Seconds To Midnite", CASTLE CLACD 386, recorded in 1989, surfaced at a 'used-records-shop' near me. Issued under the name Steve Marriott only it features twelve tracks including the Small Faces staple 'All Or Nothing'.|
Steve's voice is pure gold (of course), the guitar work's good, but a lot of the instrumental backing rubs me the wrong way. The rhythm section is too emphasised and sounds mechanical, even synthetic. The synthesizer sounds are too 'pop' to my vintage ears. And then those wet, echoing drum sounds I've learned to hate...
Still, Steve's own composition "Phone Call Away" could (given the chance) have become a hit in the Rod Stewart market: soulful voice, great wails and yelps from the guitar and even an irresistible laughter from Steve.