The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks 40 years ago (28th October 1977 to be exact), Never Mind The Bollocks was originally released.  It was and is, one of the most influential albums of all-time; and a true classic album in every sense of the word.

Between the Spring of 1976 and the end of 1977 The Sex Pistols changed rock n roll, music, and with the help of Jamie Reid and Vivienne Westwood, fashion and design forever.

Malcolm McLaren and graphic artist Jamie Reid were influenced by the Anarcho-Situationist movement in the 1960s, blurring art with politics. McLaren had previously unsuccessfully managed glam rock proto-punk band, the New York Dolls.  Returning to London he was able to learn from the experience and recycle some of the ideas for The Sex Pistols. Steve Jones also took a lead from the New York Dolls by aping Johnny Thunders every rock guitar stance; and with young clothes designer Vivienne Westwood and a Kings Road shop that attracted young outsiders from all over London and beyond, a scene began to blossom.

Anarchy In The UK was The Sex Pistols’ debut single released on 26 November 1976. But it was a week later when they appeared as a last minute replacement for record label buddies Queen on ITV’s 6pm Today Show that their meteoric rise to fame began.  Even before releasing the mighty singles Pretty Vacant and the crowning glory of God Save The Queen amidst the Queen’s Jubilee that shocked and excited young and old in equal measures, did they find themselves on top of the world. In fact, for everything that has followed, it’s quite easy to forget just how shocked, scared and horrified people were of them, and just how exciting it was to see The Sex Pistols perform on Top Of The Pops amongst the Bee Gees, Leo Sayer, David soul and Rod Stewart in spandex leggings!

A group of spotty, rude working class kids took on everything and everyone that was stale and moribund; and in the process changed the world.

The album cover was provocative. Not only was the use of the word ‘bollocks’ deemed too offensive for shop window promotional displays, the track list wasn’t so much written as produced in the style of a kidnappers’ ransom note. The design was perfect, as was the loud and abrasively powerful, solid production by Chris Thomas.

Times have changed.  Music, fashion and politics have moved on.  The Sex Pistols and Never Mind The Bollocks are no longer threatening, shocking or particularly offensive.  But their only studio album still sounds as powerful today as it did 40 years ago.  That is the sign of a true classic album; and in my opinion, Never Mind The Bollocks  is one of the best debut albums of all-time.  The Sex Pistols didn’t start punk.  They were the final rock n roll encore.

This latest edition of Never Mind The Bollocks includes the 2012 digitally re-mastered original studio album on Disc 1.  While Disc 2 is a compilation of 1977 b-sides, demos and studio out-takes recorded with Dave Goodman and Chris Thomas.

Disc 3 includes 2 live shows from Trondheim, StudentersamfuNdet in Norway and Happy House in Stockholm, Sweden. While the performances aren’t note perfect, they distil the myth that Johnny Rotten couldn’t sing in tune and the Sex Pistols couldn’t play a note.  Apart from Sid Vicious, that is!

Disc 4 is a DVD featuring 1977 footage of the band playing live from the infamous boat party held on the River Thames, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden show.  The box set comes with a 48-page hardback book with narrative from music journalist Pat Gilbert plus rare photos from Bob Gruen, Barry Plummer, John Tiberi and Dave Wainwright.

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) will be released in various formats including 4 Disc box set on 1st December.

Disc 1 – Never Mind The Bollocks

1. Holidays In The Sun
2. Bodies
3. No Feelings
4. Liar
5. God Save The Queen
6. Problems
7. Seventeen
8. Anarchy In The UK
9. Submission
10. Pretty Vacant
11. New York
12. EMI

Disc 2 – Studio Rarities / Dave Goodman Demos / Chris Thomas Demos & Outtakes

Studio Rarities & B Sides:
1. No Feeling (B side of withdrawn God Save The Queen On A&M Records)
2. Did You No Wrong (B side of God Save The Queen)
3. No Fun (B side of Pretty Vacant)
4. Satellite (B side of Holidays In The Sun)
Dave Goodman Demos:
5. New York (Demo Version)
6. Unlimited Edition (Demo Version of EMI)
7. Liar (Demo Version)
8. Pretty Vacant (Demo Version)
9. Problems (Demo Version)
10. No Future (Demo Version of God Save The Queen)
Chris Thomas Demos & Outtakes:
11. Did You No Wrong (Alternative Vocal)
12. Seventeen (Alternative Vocal)
13. Satellite (Rough Mix)
14. Submission (Rough Mix)
15. Holidays In The Sun (Rough Mix)
16. EMI (Rough Mix)
17. Seventeen (Rough Mix)
18. Holidays In The Sun (Alternative Mix)
19. Body (Demo Version Of Bodies)
20. Submission (Alternative Mix)
21. Belsen Was A Gas (Demo Version)

Disc 3 – 1977 Live

Trondheim – StudentersamfuNdet – Norway:
1. Anarchy In The UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. EMI
6. No Fun
7. No Feelings
8. Problems
9. God Save The Queen
Happy House – Stockholm – Sweden:
10. Anarchy In The UK
11. I Wanna Be Me
12. Seventeen
13. New York
14. EMI
15. Submission
16. No Feelings
17. Problems
18. God Save The Queen
19. Pretty Vacant
20. No Fun

Disc 4 – DVD 1977 footage

Riverboat Party – River Thames London 1977:
1. Pretty Vacant
2. Anarchy In The UK
3. Problems
Happy House Stockholm – Sweden 1977:
4. Anarchy In The UK
5. I Wanna Be Me
6 Seventeen
7. New York
8. Problems
9. No Fun
Winter Gardens – Penzance – Cornwall – 1977:
10. Problems
11. No Fun
12. Anarchy In The UK
Promo Videos:
13. Good Save The Queen
14. Pretty Vacant
15. Holidays In The Sun
Radio 1 Rock On Interview:
16. John And Sid Interview

Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants – 4CD deluxe edition review

Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants Deluxe Edition
Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants Deluxe Edition

Ahead of its 20th anniversary next year, Underworld re-release their masterpiece, Second Toughest In The Infants as a deluxe re-mastered reissue in several formats via Universal on 20th November

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory may well have been the biggest selling album of the 1990s.  But for me, Underworld’s Second Toughest In The Infants was the most interesting, timely and ultimately, my favourite album of the decade. It caught Underworld at their most creative and diverse – exploring themes and rhythms unlike any of their contemporaries, and in the processing stretching boundaries and genre-defining boxes.  Similar to the mock metal band Bad News, with Second Toughest in the Infants, Underworld wasn’t sitting on the fence.  They were trying to burn the fence down; and who wants to sit on a burning fence? I think that says a lot!

Underworld circa 1996 - Darren Emerson, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith
Underworld circa 1996 - Darren Emerson, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith

Following on from the groundbreaking Dubnobasswithmyheadman, their debut album as a three-piece, with Darren Emerson joining Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, and following their new musical explorations, Second Toughest In The Infants takes giant leaps forward in every way.

My working definition of a ‘classic album‘ is a complete album with ‘all thrillers & no fillers!‘, timeless and one I never tire of listening to. For all those reasons, Underworld’s Second Toughest In The Infants is a classic album; one of my favourite all-time favourites of all-time.

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The album begins with a rush, ‘Juanita: Kiteless: To Dream Of Love‘, a 16 minute song that takes you on a fast and furious journey without hesitation. Rather like ‘Dark & Long‘ (opening track on Dubnobasswithmyheadman) on cocaine, if you will. The pounding beat gets stronger, heavier as it drives forward with each layer of rhythm as Karl Hyde’s filtered spoken words take a step back ‘Resonator, resonator, resonator, resonator‘. The track builds for six minutes before relenting. From here on, the track explores different rhythms akin to its own 12″ remix. All the time the power and driving beats keep ‘Juanita: Kiteless‘ alive and pulsing with adrenalin rush.

Listening to this re-mastered version of ‘Juanita: Kiteless: To Dream Of Love‘ leaves me with a feeling of exhaustion and shell-shocked delight, as it did 19 years ago.

Next up is ‘Banstyle / Sappys Curry‘ and a change in style.  Mellow with a skipping uptempo beat, taking a tip from the jazz ‘n bass style of the time, led by the likes of Roni Size & Reprazent.  ‘Banstyle / Sappys Curry‘ is a great rest bite after the impact and power of ‘Juanita: Kiteless’. If this is a concept album, then we have already entered a chillout zone.  The frantic beat gives way to a heavy heavy dub bass drop, and if the first journey was speed-induced, the room is subsequently filled with smoke!

Weighing in at over 31 minutes long, the opening two tracks have time to breathe and explore.  Rather than being suffocated by hampering thoughts of radio airplay or commercial verse/chorus verse/chorus pop structures that swallowed up some of their contemporaries.

Confusion the Waitress‘ continues in a lighter frame of mind.  Which only enhances the arrival of ‘Rowla‘.  Sequencer loop acts like a roll call to introduce a stomping four-to-the-floor beat and acid trance that filters and grows as it pulsates from the speakers into your head.  ‘Rowla‘ is a simple tune compared to the other tracks on the album.  But each time it builds you find yourself being dragged by its gravitational pull. Simple and effective.

After being completely mesmerised by earlier tracks ‘Cowgirl‘, ‘Rez‘ and yes of course, the original 11 minute (NUXX) version of ‘Born Slippy‘, it was difficult to comprehend that, within such a great album there would still be one track that, above all others would still manage to send shivers down my spine and simply blow my mind.  I still remember listening  to ‘Pearl’s Girl‘ for the first time.  But unlike other songs I loved of the same period, the power of this song remains the same and still completely resonates with me, today.  From its initial darker, moody intro, the track develops, building and opening, until that beat hits you full on for the first time. Hands down, at that moment, it was the most amazing sound ever to fill my head. CRAZY!CRAZY! CRAZY! CRAZY!

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Air Towel‘ follows in the wake of ‘Pearl’s Girl‘.  For a track that is the equivalent of following Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United or auditioning as lead singer of Joy Division after the suicide of Ian Curtis, the track works by moving the album in yet another direction.  Lighter, trippy and spacious; and with ‘Blueski‘ we are taken completely away from the dancefloor, electronic sequencers and beats.  Ramblings on an acoustic guitar sampled, filtered and looped in a dream-like sequence akin to a mantra for mindfulness; and finally we arrive at the final track.  ‘Stagger’ errs towards experimental.  Piano and Karl Hyde’s  vocals are drenched in echo to give a dreamy synth pop, closer to Hyde and Smith’s earlier 1980s incarnation.

With Second Toughest In The Infants, Underworld managed to explore new electronic landscapes and create a timeless album.  It was undoubtedly the pinnacle of their many glories; and at the same time they managed to develop and produce one of the best dance songs of all-time in ‘Born Slippy‘. Originally released in March 1996, Second Toughest In The Infants is Underworld’s masterpiece. It is the perfect hybrid of man and machine. It’s a record that crackles with the frantic energy of pirate stations half tuned on FM dials; one that strolls through grimy cities at night and ducks between dog tracks and neon-lit all-night stores. Lyrically, it’s Karl Hyde at his voyeuristic most ingenious; and although informed by the nascent drum ’n’ bass scene, minimalist composition and the European techno underground, Second Toughest In The Infants  only ends up sounding like Underworld. It’s a truly unique album – the sound of Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and Darren Emerson working at the height of their powers, utterly unaffected by the prevailing trends of the time and creating effortlessly peerless music.

The deluxe editions come packed with  remixes, non-album B-sides, and unreleased tracks. The fourth disc of the super deluxe edition traces the evolution of the group’s 1995 single ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)‘ from early recordings through to the finished studio version. The super deluxe edition also comes with a 60-page book of artwork by  Karl Hyde & Rick Smith’s design company, Tomato.  The book also includes notes by Jon Savage.

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Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants
Super Deluxe 4 CD Tracklisting

CD1 (Orinigal Album)
1. Juanita: Kiteless: To Dream Of Love
2. Banstyle / Sappys Curry
3. Confusion the Waitress
4. Rowla
5. Pearl’s Girl
6. Air Towel
7. Blueski
8. Stagger

CD2: singles, B sides, remixes
1. Cherry Pie
2. Oich Oich
3. Puppies
4. Mosaic
5. Deep Arch
6. Pearl’s Girl (Tin There)
7. Pearl’s Girl (14996 Version)
8. Born Slippy (Original Instrumental Version)
9. Born Slippy Nuxx (Deep Pan)

CD3: previously unreleased material
1. Bug
2. Confusion The Waitress (She Said)
3. D+B Thing
4. D’Arbly St
5. 4 Crowns
6. Rowla A1806
7. Bing Here
8. Techno Thang
9. Pearls Ver2
10. Bloody 1

CD4: Born Slippy (Nuxx) – previously unreleased demos, live recordings, mixes

1. Nuxx A1796
2. Nuxx A2221 UW live (2 sets) Leicester M Dog 94
3. Nuxx A4712 Live @ Zap club Brighton Feb94
4. Nuxx A4733 UW live Amsterdam Apr94
5. Nuxx Liquid Room 94 A2254 UW Live Liquid Room 2 Tokyo
6. Nuxx from A1825
7. Born Slippy (Nuxx)

Underworld – The Second Toughest In The Infants Deluxe Edition was re-mastered at Abbey Road and will be released as a CD, a 2xCD deluxe edition, a double LP, and as a 4xCD super deluxe edition on 20th November, 2015 via Universal.

Rod Stewart – Digitally Remastered 5x Solo Albums Vinyl Box Set

Rod Stewart 5x Vinyl LP Abum Box Set
Rod Stewart 5x Album Box Set

Rod Stewart began life as ‘Rod the Mod’ in the mid-1960s before joining The Jeff Beck Group where along with Ronnie Wood helped form the heavy rock genre and heavily influence a fledgling Led Zeppelin.   In 1968 he left to embark on a solo career. But while he waited contractually to release debut album, he subsequently joined his old mate Ronnie Wood, who in the meantime had, along with three members of The Small Faces (Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones) formed The Faces.

What followed was unprecedented simultaneous success for both Rod Stewart as a solo artist and the lead singer of The Faces between 1969 – 1975. In 1969 Rod released the debut album  An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (while it was known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US). Eight tracks including cover versions of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Street Fighting Man’, Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” and Mike d’Abo’s “Handbags and Gladrags“. The album truly announced Rod Stewart and his gravel-croaking bluesy voice to the world as a solo artist with its mix of folk, country blues and rock.  Session musicians included Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan & Keith Emerson (The Nice & Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

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While building up a live fan-base with The Faces, Stewart released a second solo album in 1970 – Gasoline Alley. It includes Bobby Womack & Shirley Womack’s composition, ‘It’s All Over Now’.

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But it was Rod Stewart’s third album that brought the commercial success he had craved as Every Picture Tells A Story became his first no.1 UK album while ‘Maggie May’ became a no.1 UK hit single; and suddenly Rod Stewart was a household name!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoc13bwCw0

Every Picture Tells A Story was originally released in 1971 and is with no doubt a classic album.  For me it meets the essential criteria of ‘all thrillers and no fillers’.  Along with the single ‘Maggie May’ and the single’s beautiful b-side  ‘Reason To Believe’ is a stirring rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ and the classic ‘Mandolin Wind’.

By now The Faces had received commercial success themselves with the single ‘Stay With Me’ and there was, apparently, tension within the band over Rod’s solo career, even though they continued to play on Rod’s albums. But it in 1972 Stewart released Never A Dull Moment including versions of ‘Angel’, ‘Twisting The Night Away’ & the hit single ‘You Wear It Well’.

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In late 1974, Rod Stewart released his fifth solo album, Smiler giving him another UK no.1 album and the top 10 single ‘Farewell’; and in the same year, The Faces decided to spilt. Ronnie Wood joined The Rolling Stones & Rod Stewart was free to concentrate solely on his solo career.

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These first five albums contain, for me, all Rod Stewart’s finest work.  Forget Atlantic Crossing, ‘D’ya Think I’m Sexy’ & the Great American Songbook series; and forget his face resembles an old school leather satchel. Rod Stewart and The Faces were the original lads; and this digitally remastered 5 album box set is, as far as Rod Stewart’s solo work goes, all you need.

Packaged in a sealed hardback slipcase, Universal release remastered versions of Rod Stewart’s first 5 solo albums on 180gram heavyweight vinyl.

Digitally remastered and simply titled ‘Rod Stewart‘ the albums included are An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells A Story, Never A  Dull Moment, and Smiler.

ROD STEWART – 5x Vinyl Album Box Set Tracklisting:

Rod Stewart – An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down
1. Street Fighting Man
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow
3. Blind Prayer
4. Handbags & Gladrags
5. An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down
6. I Wouldn’t Ever Change A Thing
7. Cindy’s Lament
8. Dirty Old Town

Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley
1. Gasoline Alley
2. It’s All Over Now
3. Only A Hobo
4. My Way Of Giving
5. Country Comfort
6. Cut Across Shorty
7. Lady Day
8. Jo’s Lament
9. You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want To Discuss It)

Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story

1. Every Picture Tells A Story
2. Seems Like A Long Time
3. That’s All Right
4. Amazing Grace
5. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
6. Henry
7. Maggie May
8. Mandolin Wind
9. (I Know) I’m Losing You
10. Reason To Believe

Rod Stewart – Never A Dull Moment

1. True Blue
2. Lost Paraguayos
3. Mama You Been On My Mind
4. Italian Girls
5. Angel
6. Interludings
7. You Wear It Well
8. I’d Rather Go Blind
9. Twistin’ The Night Away

Rod Stewart – Smiler
1. Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller
2. Lochinvar
3. Farewell
4. Sailor
5. Bring It On Home To Me / You Send Me
6. Let Me Be Your Car
7. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man
8. Dixie Toot
9. Hard Road
10. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
11. Girl From The North Country
12. Mine For Me

Underworld reveal ‘Birdstar’ from ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ 20th anniversary

Birdstar‘ is a demo from Underworld‘s ‘Dubnobasswiheadman‘ period. Many the track’s elements were subsequently used in other songs, right up until ‘Second Toughest In The Infants‘, and also utilised in a number of classic Underworld remixes, including Bjork’s ‘Human Behaviour’ and ‘Black Sky’ by Shakespears Sister.

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Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th anniversary

Underworld will be performing the album live at the Royal Festival Hall 11th October 2014 following the release of the remastered album which will be released on 6th October 2014 in various formats & editions – CD / 2xCD deluxe / 2xLP / HD Blu-Ray / 5xCD super-deluxe.

“The most important album since The Stone Roses and the best since Screamadelica… a breathtaking hybrid that marks the moment that club culture finally comes of age and beckons to everyone” Melody Maker

“By writing ‘songs’—albeit playful, deranged ones—Underworld have come up with a solution for the facelessness that blights dance music.” NME

In January 1994, Rick Smith, Darren Emerson & Karl Hyde released their debut album – Dubnobasswithmyheadman – on independent label Junior Boy’s Own. They crafted songs from transcendent dance music. They were clearly a band – complete with frontman/guitarist – yet they made records where the constituent parts and players were often indefinable. Musically, they took elements from the European techno underground & Balearic clubs and fused them with spliced up beat poetry and strung out ambient sounds.

Underworld’s debut arrived as a fully formed statement of intent. Its’ nine tracks showcased the limitless possibilities of electronic music. Although born out of club culture, Dubnobasswithmyheadman defied the accepted genres of the time – equally suited to the dancefloor and the after party, it was as immersive an experience quaking through bassbins or headphones. Two decades on from its original release, it’s unarguable that Dubnobasswithmyheadman is one of the most influential British electronic records of all time; a signpost for everything from dance music’s easy relationship with main stages at festivals to the radio/globe-conquering EDM phenomenon.

To celebrate Dubnobasswithmyheadman’s 20th anniversary, the record has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road for a deluxe reissue by the band’s Rick Smith. Revisiting the original MIDI files, Rick uncovered a wealth of previously unreleased material and rare alternate mixes that sit alongside the record’s original companion singles and remixes and offer a fascinating insight into the creation of the record. The resultant release is the definitive version of one of those rare records that truly deserves to be described as a classic.

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To coincide with the re-release of Dubnobasswithmyheadman, Underworld will play the album in full at a unique show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 11th October 2014. This show will offer fans a unique chance to see Underworld in one of the capital’s most iconic venues playing this classic album in its entirety for the first time. Tickets cost £35/£30 and are available from July 2nd.

Dubnobasswithmyheadman is the first release through Universal Music’s exclusive worldwide deal for the band’s iconic collected works. Work is under way on plans for forthcoming future deluxe, remastered editions of each of the band’s classic albums.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoA6SSEuhWk

For more information visit www.underworldlive.com

Original album tracklisting:

1.DARK & LONG

2.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU

3.SURFBOY

4.SPOONMAN

5.TONGUE

6.DIRTY EPIC

7.COWGIRL

8.RIVER OF BASS

9.M.E

Extra disc tracklistings:

Deluxe CD2:

1. ECLIPSE

2. REZ

3. DIRTY

4.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)

5.SPIKEE

6. CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)

7. CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)

8.BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)

Super Deluxe:

CD2 Singles 1991 – 1994

1.THE HUMP (WILD BEAST)

2.ECLIPSE (released as Lemon Interrupt)

3. REZ

4. DIRTY (released as Lemon Interrupt)

5.DIRTYGUITAR

6.DARK & LONG (HALL’S EDIT)

7.DARK & LONG (DARK TRAIN)

8.SPIKEE

CD3 Remixes 1992 – 1994

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (JAM SCRAPER)

2.COWGIRL (IRISH PUB IN KYOTO MIX)

3.DARK & LONG (MOST ‘OSPITABLE MIX)

4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (TELEGRAPH 16.11.92)

5. DARK & LONG (BURTS MIX)

6.DOGMAN GO WOOF

7. DARK & LONG (THING IN A BOOK MIX)

CD4 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS 1991 – 1993

1.CONCORD (3 Comp75 id9 A1771 Aug 93A)

2.DARK & LONG(1struffid3A15512)

3.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (A1765 Sky Version id4. Harmone6 COMP43)

4.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU (After sky id6 1551 2)

5.CAN YOU FEEL ME? (from A4796)

6. BIRDSTAR (A1558 Nov 92B.1)

7.DIRTY EPIC (Dirty Ambi Piano A1764 Oct 91)

8.SPOONMAN (version1 A1559 Nov92)

9.ORGAN (Eclipse version from A4796)

10.COWGIRL(AltCowgirlC69MixfromA1564)

CD5 LIVE JAM KYME RD (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE REHEARSAL RECORDED IN THE BAND’S HOME STUDIO IN 1993)

1.MMM…SKYSCRAPER I LOVE YOU

2.IMPROV 1

3.BIGMOUTH

4.IMPROV 2

5.BIG MEAT SHOW

6.IMPROV 3

7.SPOONMAN

Humble Pie’s Perfomance Rockin’ The Fillamore – the Complete Recordings – 4 CD Box Set

Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore
Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore

Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore has been described as one of the world’s greatest live albums receives a 4 CD release from Universal, with a mix supervised by surviving members of one of rock’s first supergroups, Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, who had recently left pop band The Herd. Both Marriott & Frampton were looking to step away from the limelight of pop adulation and create something that would be taken more seriously and allow more self expression in their music.

Along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and a 17-year-old drummer named Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had previously used as a session musician, Humble Pie was formed and found success with their own brand of hard rock blues. The band included three great singers and offered each the space to write. Humble Pie recorded four albums and released several singles before achieving its breakthrough in the United States with 1971’s double-live album, Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore.

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Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome’s repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie’s first Gold album.

Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Universal Music, have gathered all four shows from Humble Pie’s historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing took place – just the four sets exactly as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances – including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28.

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“My God, it just took my breath away,” Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.”

Frampton also praises the vastly improved audio quality, and was especially happy to revisit the material that wasn’t used on the original LP. “It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” he says. “The beauty of it is that you get three other completely different performances of most of the songs. And it’s great to hear Steve’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with [imitates Marriott] ‘It’s really been a gas!’ for 40-odd years, and now there’s more.”

The deluxe compilation was produced by Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski containing detailed liner notes by Tim Cohan.

Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore 4 CD Box Set Track Listing:

Disc One
05/28/71 Friday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:51
2. I’m Ready 8:20
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:07
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 6:16
5. I Don’t Need No Doctor 8:40

Disc Two
05/28/71 Friday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:45
2. I’m Ready 8:42
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:19
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)* 5:26
5. Rollin’ Stone* 16:55
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor* 9:13

Disc Three
05/29/71 Saturday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:55
2. I’m Ready 8:40
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 26:11
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:59
5. Stone Cold Fever* 6:08

Disc Four
05/29/71 Saturday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep* 3:50
2. I’m Ready* 8:44
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters* 27:53
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:33
5. Rollin’ Stone 12:27
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor 7:34