HUMBLE PIE - Joint Effort (2019)
Digitally remastered archive release. A very special lost album recorded in 1974-75 at Clear Sounds Studio with the classic line-up of Steve Marriott on guitar/vocals, Greg Ridley on bass, Dave Clempson on guitar, and Jerry Shirley on drums. Never before heard original compositions by the band plus blazing covers of James Brown ("Think"), The Beatles ("Rain") and Betty Wright ("Let Me Be Your Lovemaker"). Packaged with liner notes and rare photos. Recorded in their own Clear Sounds Studio between 1974 and 1975, the album we have here contains the music put together by Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley as a side project before Pie gained momentum again due to the classic albums ‘Eat It’ and ‘Smokin” taking hold in the U.S. As a result Pie regrouped with Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson and Jerry Shirley and the recordings were ultimately rejected by A&M. Sounded great, but even glancing at the tracklisting that first time made me wonder if maybe this collection of “never-before-heard originals, (and) covers of songs recorded by the Beatles (“Rain”), Betty Wright (“Let Me Be Your Lovemaker”) and James Brown (“Think”)” was indeed something new.
Raw and abrasive, rockin’, soulful and funky as hell, Humble Pie’s long-lost ninth studio album finally sees the light of day. And it proves well worth the 44-year wait.
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