Humble Pie & Peter Frampton

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Humble Pie was a British band formed in 1968 by guitarist and vocalist Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and virtuoso guitarist Peter Frampton, who had just climbed the charts with his band The Herd (From The Underworld, Paradise Lost, I Don't Want Our Loving To Die). They debuted in the year of Led Zeppelin with the hard-rocking As Safe As Yesterday (Immediate, 1969) and Town And Country (Immediate, 1969), the latter containing Natural Born Boogie. The dual guitar attack was quite disappointing. Humble Pie (A&M, 1970) and Rock On (A&M, 1971) offered a more mature sound, closer in spirit and execution to American southern-rock than to British hard-rock.

Frampton launched a successful solo career with Wind Of Change (A&M, 1972), Frampton's Camel (1973), with Do You Feel Like We Do and one of his best solos in Lines on my Face, Somethings Happening (1974) and Frampton (1975), with the radio-friendly hits Show Me The Way and Baby I Love Your Way. The double live album Comes Alive (A&M, 1976) was a best-seller (over 15 million copies sold in five years), but also the beginning of the end, as I'm In You (1977) was his last success. His guitar-hero image was a mere illusion and his soul-rock was simply tedious.

Colosseum guitarist Dave Clempson joined Humble Pie that released Smokin' (A&M, 1972), possibly their best (Hot And Nasty, Thirty Days In The Hole).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Mauro "Jimmy" Vecchio)

Gli inglesi Humble Pie vennero fondati nel 1968 dal chitarrista e cantante dei Small Faces, Steve Marriott e dal virtuoso chitarrista Peter Frampton, che aveva appena scalato le classifiche con la sua band, The Herd (From the Underworld, Paradise Lost, I don’t want our loving to die).

Esordirono nell’anno dei Led Zeppelin con l’hard-rock di "As safe as yesterday" (Immediate, 1969) e "Town and country" (Immediate, 1969), quest’ultimo contenente "Natural Born Boogie".

Il doppio attacco di chitarra era alquanto deludente. "Humble Pie" (A&M, 1970) e "Rock on" (A&M, 1971) offrirono un suono più maturo, più vicino in spirito e esecuzione al southern-rock americano che al hard-rock inglese.

Frampton intraprese una carriera solista di successo con "Wind of Change" (A&M, 1972), "Frampton’s Camel" (1973) con "Do you feel like we do", "Somethings Happening" (1974) e "Frampton" (1975) con "Show me the way" e "Baby I love your way". Il doppio album live "Comes alive" (A&M, 1976) fu un best-seller (oltre 15 milioni di copie vendute in cinque anni), ma anche l’inizio della fine dato che "I’m in you" (1977) fu il suo ultimo successo. La sua immagine di eroe della chitarra fu una mera illusione e il suo soul-rock fu semplicemente noioso.

Colosseum il chitarrista Dave Clempson entrò negli Humble Pie che pubblicarono "Smoking" (A&M 1972), probabilmente il loro migliore album ("Hot and nasty" e "Thirty days in the hole").

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