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Town And Country [Import]

Humble Pie Vinyl
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For fans of bluesy, hard-charging boogie rock, the legendary band Humble Pie is an icon. Current artists such as the Black Crowes invoke its name and that of its leader Steve Marriott with nothing less than reverence. That Humble Pie was co-founded by Peter Frampton, enjoying a notable renaissance of late, provides even greater impetus for a new retrospective of the band's most important ... Read more in Amazon's Humble Pie Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Legends Of Music
  • ASIN: B0050AU31Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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HUMBLE PIE Town And Country (1980 Japanese Legends Of Music label 11-track vinyl LP manufactured by RVC Corporation housed in a picture sleeve complete with Japanese text biography/lyric insert and wide Super Rock Heroes 63/69 obi-strip!)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time but contains a diamond 2 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most of this sounds like an album from 1969. Which it is. But this is pretty much the work of a supergroup too.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow vibes 3 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Redolent of late '60s, patchouli-scented, smokey communal bedsits; and none the worse for that. Shares the bucolic yearnings of contemporary works such as Traffic's first 3 albums, Led Zep '3' and Pretty Things' 'Parachute'. This edition comes with bonus tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great album 6 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
great album from a total fantastic band, and the extra tracks are fantastic , and mellow guitar playing from peter and steve, fab
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow and dull 25 Jun 2013
Format:Audio Cassette
Early album from Humble Pie. Slower and softer than their later work. And in my honest opinion, much duller. The collector will want this album, of course. The rest of us...well, it's not that bad, so might want to pick it up if you can find it cheap, but don't lose any sleep if you can't find it.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour with Frampton 15 Jan 2008
By Paradise Lost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Humble Pie - Town and Country, 1969.

I need to first mention that in this newly remastered release (also being the first version of this album to appear on Amazon when you search for 'Humble Pie') it seems to include every song from their first album 'As Safe As Yesterday (1968)', so it would be wise to never purchase this with the 'Better Together' selection, since it's just the first album. Which is on this album. Strange, but honestly, having both on one disk safes space and gives you extra awesome to listen to.

Anyway, on to the review.
This is the second album from Humble Pie, consisting of Steve Marriott on guitar and vocals, previously of 'The Small Faces,' Peter Frampton, also on guitar and vocals, previously of 'The Herd', but not even I have heard of them, so if you have, then I have to assume his prowess is very much known to you; Greg Ridley on bass guitar, previously of 'Spooky Tooth,' and drummer Jerry Shirley. With an album put together by the guys who had put out songs like 'Tin Soldier' (Marriott), or helped with the entire Spooky Two album (Ridley), you know you are in for a treat of musicianship and powerful, spirited vocals.

This is exactly what this album has to offer. Great rhythm section, killer bass lines, searing leads traded back and forth by Marriott and Frampton, great vocals not only by Marriott but also an incredibly rough-voiced Frampton, shown here in a completely different light than he is on his post-Pie solo records and even more so than on his 'Frampton Comes Alive!' album. The only song in which all of these elements does not come together is probably 'The Light of Love,' which is a attempt at experimentation, but just is not able to meld in with and falls quite short of the songs from the rest of the album.

Of noteworthy mention though, however, is the entirely acoustic piece, 'Every Mother's Son,' to my ears there is only the duel leads of Frampton and Marriott on guitar, no bass, no drums, no percussion. Every little bit of emotion is squeezed from both players and especially from Marriott's voice - leading to the magnificent crescendo that starts about halfway through and peaks at the very end with shouts of ecstasy from Marriott (that's one hell of a build up.)

Other tracks worth noting: 'Sad Bag of Shaky Jake,' probably the purest rocker on the album, but not in any sense of the word straightforward or bland. The fabulous mid-tempo rocker, 'Cold Lady,' with rough harmonies from at least two or three of the band members (the roughness is a good thing, adds to the song's already raw quality.) The thoroughly raucous and warmly emotional 'Down Home Again,' in which Steve Marriott's got a girl back home that calls him her own, but he calls his wife.

All in all, worthy of every 5 star I've given it, and it is a shame that more people seem to know nothing of this, or the album preceding and the one following. This, 'As Safe As Yesterday' (1968), and 'Humble Pie' (1970), are also both highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT, NO REVIEWS OF THIS FINE RECORD?? 8 Dec 2002
By Bubba Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Browsing through your reviews, the Humble Pie catalog seems particularly beset by "star inflation". Five stars come cheap these days. So "only" four stars may seem verging on the mediocre to some of your reviewers. Not so, I just reserve five stars for really outstanding records.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Slice of Humble Pie 18 Mar 2010
By Wharf Rat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Town and Country" is Humble Pie's second album. You'll hear less 'heavy' rock on this album, but that's not a bad thing when it comes to this band. It really is the 'sister' album to "As Safe As Yesterday Is" and compliments that first album so well. Brilliant musicians/songwriters/singers that these guys were, they merely continued with the more 'country' and 'folk' oriented music that they occasionally performed on their first album. They are still searching for and working on forming a cohesive, collective identity here. Town and Country is a bridge to their third, self-titled effort "Humble Pie" [1970]. It's a pleasure to hear the tight rhythm section backing the excellent guitar playing and singing of Marriott and Frampton. This record is a necessity for all fans of Humble Pie. It serves as a great document showing how the entire band was only getting better with each effort. Town and Country is waiting to join your Humble Pie collection! Get it now... you won't be disappointed.

This is a review of the 2008 pressing by Snapper Music/Charly Studio. The package is a standard jewel case, not a digipack as advertised. Extensive liner notes and pictures are included and it's a nice addition to have the cover of the album actually printed on the CD!

Also, contrary to what some have written, the "bonus tracks" included here are ONLY 6 of 10 tracks taken from "As Safe As Yesterday Is". The missing tracks are 'Growing Closer', 'I'll Go Alone', 'A Nifty Little Number Like You', and 'What You Will'. You are missing almost half of the original album here... This is not a "two-fer" compilation. The last two "bonus tracks" on this pressing, "Natural Born Bugie" and "Wrist Job" were the A and B sides respectively of the single released prior to Humble Pie releasing "As Safe As Yesterday Is". Those two tracks can truly be called a "bonus". In other words, you DEFINITELY need to purchase an actual copy of "As Safe As Yesterday Is" or you'll be missing out on 4 great tracks to round out your collection!! You'd also be missing 4 slices of Humble Pie's great, recorded history that has been left for us to appreciate. Don't let it happen to you!! Peace.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars early signs 16 Nov 2009
By Peter Syle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The early signs of the great band they were to become are on show here. A bit softer and more country flavour than later albums , but nevertheless still well played, interesting compositions and also great value for money as it is almost 2 albums in one. A lot of people just prefer the popular, big selling releases, but I like collecting the whole catalogue to see how bands progress from their ealy days. This is worth getting as the basic Humble Pie ingredients are there, Marriot, Frampton, Shirley and Ridley, who I believe should be viewed by history as one of the top 4 or 5 rock bands of all time, especially their live performances.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars town and country------ the pie 21 Dec 2008
By Fred L. Amerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
great early cd by the pie.this particular cd has two albums in one.all the extras are actually their next album.this is early and not the nut-thumping performance type of pie, but still good album.
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