Smokin' (Humble Pie album)

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Smokin'
Studio album by Humble Pie
ReleasedMarch 1972
RecordedFebruary 1972 at Olympic Studios
GenreHard rock
Blues-rock
Length43:30
LabelA&M
ProducerSteve Marriott
Humble Pie chronology
Performance Rockin' the Fillmore
(1971)
Smokin'
(1972)
Eat It
(1973)
 
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Smokin'
Studio album by Humble Pie
ReleasedMarch 1972
RecordedFebruary 1972 at Olympic Studios
GenreHard rock
Blues-rock
Length43:30
LabelA&M
ProducerSteve Marriott
Humble Pie chronology
Performance Rockin' the Fillmore
(1971)
Smokin'
(1972)
Eat It
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link

Smokin' is the fifth studio album by the English group Humble Pie, released in 1972. The album peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart,[1] and hit the UK Top 30.

Album profile[edit]

This was Humble Pie's first album after the departure of Peter Frampton who later that year played on The Who's bassist John Entwistle's second solo album Whistle Rymes, which put singer and co-founder Steve Marriott at its artistic centre. Smokin' is the band's best-selling album, including their best-known song, at least in America, 30 Days in the Hole.

It includes dramatically slowed down versions of Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody", Junior Walker's "Road Runner", and the wah-wah laden slow blues "The Fixer". "You're So Good for Me", which begins as a delicate acoustic number, ultimately mutates into a full-bore gospel music rave-up, an element that would later influence bands like The Black Crowes.

Alexis Korner guests on the track "Old Time Feelin'", Marriott's vocals take a back seat as the main vocals are provided by Greg Ridley and Korner who also plays a Martin Tipple, mandolin-type guitar. Its sound is reminiscent of the song "Alabama '69" on their first album.

Stephen Stills guests on "Road Runner 'G' Jam" (the title is a nod to the band's habit of developing songs out of jam sessions), playing Hammond organ, and his backing vocals were over-dubbed on "Hot 'n' Nasty" a slow-burning and then dynamic R&B song, after he strolled in after recording his own sessions next door.[2]

Marriott insisted on producing the album himself for the challenge of creating a compact R&B sound with a high-tech 24-track mixing board. Marriott collapsed with exhaustion in February. New Musical Express (NME) reported at the time: "Following intense recording sessions with Humble Pie, Steve Marriott collapsed with nervous exhaustion and doctors told him to rest".[3]

With this album the group were seen as leaders of the boogie movement in the early 1970s.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Hot 'n' Nasty" (Humble Pie/Marriott) – 3:20
  2. "The Fixer" (Clem Clempson/Steve Marriott/Jerry Shirley/Greg Ridley) – 5:02
  3. "You're So Good for Me" (Marriott/Ridley) – 3:49
  4. "C'mon Everybody" (Capehart/Cochran) – 5:12
  5. "Old Time Feelin'" (Traditional) – 4:00

Side Two

  1. "30 Days in the Hole" (Marriott) – 3:57
  2. "(I'm A) Road Runner" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) B) "Road Runner's 'G' Jam" (Clem Clempson/Steve Marriott/Jerry Shirley/Greg Ridley) – 3:41
  3. "I Wonder" (Cecil Gant/Raymond Leveen) – 8:53
  4. "Sweet Peace and Time" (Marriott/Ridley/Shirley) – 5:49

Personnel[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ US Billboard Chart No. 6
  2. ^ Twelker, Uli; Schmitt, Roland. The Small Faces (The Faces, Peter Frampton, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott Humble Pie & other stories). Sanctuary. pp. 90–91. ISBN 1-86074-392-7. 
  3. ^ The Small Faces (The Faces, Peter Frampton, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott Humble Pie & other stories). pp. 89–90. 
  4. ^ "Humble Pie, Smokin'". allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 

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