Humble Pie - The Atlanta Years - 2006
review from classicrockmusicblog
Humble Pie’s The Atlanta Years could just as well be called Steve Marriott, The Atlanta Years, as he is the driving force behind these recordings. The singer/songwriter/guitarist had relocated to the Peach State in the 1980s and re-formed Humble Pie once again after the lineup (Marriott, guitarist Bobby Tench, bassist Anthony Jones and drummer Jerry Shirley) from an earlier re-formed Pie called it quits in 1981.
That said, The Atlanta Years is worth investigating. Nine studio cuts are appended with seven live performances from Marriott’s Atlanta days. The studio sides find Marriott still capable of delivering the bluesy rock that he built his name on. His voice is still full of raspy splendor on “Heartbreaker,” a funky organ-driven R&B shuffle, and laced with whiskey on “Ain’t You Glad (New York Can’t Talk).” The Cockney swagger of “Poor Man’s Rich Man” is classic Marriott, and a bridge between his time with the Small Faces and Humble Pie. The songs have a work-in-progress feel, but are still developed enough to stand on their own. The live cuts are sweaty slices of Marriott in his element. Listen as he takes the crowd through the 15-minute assault of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” or the cranky “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” full of tight guitar licks and double entendres.
Though Marriott lived the rock star life, he was virtually destitute for years. A very personal interview with ex-wife Pam Stephens reveals the couple’s daily struggles of just having enough to eat, all the while being holed up in a Southern mansion. Marriott was a challenging but engaging personality, enough so to keep fans and hangers-on coming back for more until the larger-than-life musician’s life was cut down by a house fire in 1991. Just as talk of a reunion with original Humble Pie mate Peter Frampton was surfacing, Marriott was taken away. In Atlanta, Marriott sang “Trouble You Can’t Fool Me,” and he was singing from experience.
02. Ain't You Glad (New York Can't Talk)
03. Sweet Nuthins
04. Trouble You Can't Fool Me
05. Poor Mans Rich Man
06. Middle Age Anxiety
07. Lonely No More
08. I Need a Love
09. Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl
10. John Hellier interviews Steve's ex wife, Pam Stephens
CD 02 - Annie’s Club Cincinatti Ohio 1983 (Live in concert)
01. Whatcha Gonna do About It
02. Fool For a Pretty Face
03. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
04. Five Long Years
05. A Rude Little Ditty / Drums Solo / 30 Days In The Hole
06. I Don't Need No Doctor
07. Big Train Stops At Memphis / Walking The Dog
N.B - Reforçando: Embora o título possa supor tratar-se de uma coletânea do Humble Pie, esse disco é na verdade um álbum de Steve Marriott lançado pela wappingwharf, com material inédito em estúdio e um show completo. A qualidade do áudio do disco ao vivo assemelha-se à de um excelente soundboard.