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|1. Take Me Back|
|2. The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake|
|3. The Light Of Love|
|4. Cold Lady|
|5. Down Home Again|
|6. Ollie Ollie|
|7. Every Mother's Son|
|9. Only You Can See|
|10. Silver Tongue|
|11. Home and Away|
|12. Desperation - Bonus Track|
|13. Stick Shift - Bonus Track|
|14. Buttermilk Boy - Bonus Track|
|15. As Safe As Yesterday Is - Bonus Track|
|16. Bang! - Bonus Track|
|17. Alabama '69 - Bonus Track|
|18. Wrist Job - Bonus Track|
|19. Natural Born Bugie - Bonus Track|
It is worth buying for the track "Every Mother's Son" alone, a sort of countrified Dylanesque song, but much more than that. It is lovely. A rambling acoustic tale of a guitar player who leaves a girl in a smalltown, goes from rags to riches and returns years later to find her still waiting. But it is more than a great tune. The whole song is punctuated with some fantastic acoustic lead guitar playing by Peter Frampton. Classic.
Not quite outstanding, but this is a fine record, as good as anything in the Humble Pie catalog. This was one of their two early records (1969) with the original lineup, including Peter Frampton. Overall, this is probably the Pie's quietest record, with a definite bent toward acoustic numbers. Frampton's songs hint at his early solo work to come (Take Me Back and Only You Can Say stand out). Marriott quits screaming for long enough to contribute some fine numbers (Every Mother's Son and Silver Tongue especially). Nice cover of a Buddy Holly forgotten chestnut (Heartbeat). The album ends with a flourish, Home And Away, co-written by Frampton, Marriott, and bassist Greg Ridley. One wishes Frampton and Marriott had truly collaborated more after hearing this. Alas, only a couple of more albums remained before they splintered, and Humble Pie as never the same (sorry all you Smokin' fans).
This disc will probably not change your life. But it's historically important if you like Frampton, Marriott, or the later Pie. And it stands up quite well on its own merit. This is not quite as good as Rock On, but it's close.
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