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Humble Pie was one of the sleeper great rock bands of the 1970's. That is to say, for some reason, the "kids", the fans, loved them, but the critics disliked them. As for Peter Frampton, it is Peter, Live, here in the band, since he wrote so many of the band's songs, and was brought into the Humble Pie by its founder and lead singer, Steve Marriott.
They are not "Frampton Comes Alive", but let me tell you what, that 19 year old kid, Peter, cut his teeth in his time with the Humble Pie.
They ARE not Thin Lizzy, they were the people who wrote the book for other large stadium bands. You litterly cannot go wrong with any album or any Best Of.
The gentleman's review before this one reminds me of the Woody Allen joke of two old ladies in a restaurant where one says, "the food is terrible here!" and the other one says, "I know, and such small portions too!"
Even Peter will tell it's Steve that's being pimped these days. This band was way a head of its time. Lord Have Mercy, Oh, Yeah!
A Lightweight Anthology
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 08/17/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Subtitled "Hot and Nasty" and featuring one THE most disgusting covers in rock history, "The Best of Humble Pie" checks in at a mere 9 songs, making it pretty skimpy for an anthology album. That said, how much you'll enjoy the material that IS included will probably depend on your tolerance for this band's music to begin with. Warning to those who dig Peter Frampton, the sound of his old band bears little resemblence to his "Frampton Comes Alive" superstar period of the late 70s. Humble Pie specialized in metallic boogie (read: Foghat and Thin Lizzy) as typified by the lengthy live version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" that closes the album. Other decent cuts include the single "30 Days in the Hole," the title track, "Stone Cold Fever" and "Shine On." On the downside is a truly wretched cover of the Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" that'll send you running back to the original.Overall, a skimpy anthology album from one of classic rock's less well-remembered bands."