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Admonished By Many
on 12 April 2012
When this (double vinyl) album first hit the streets, many criticised it saying that it was too lightweight for a Pie album (the exception being the one live side that sat with the three studio sides) but, for me, it showed that Marriott was presenting the various facets of his musical tastes - American Rock, British Rock, Soul and Gospel and although quite an ecletic album that this album makes up, it still remains very listenable and indeed, timeless!
The first 4 tracks are probably the most rocking and the most associated with Pie as a straight rock act with Get Down To It, Good Booze And Bad Women pretty much summing up the lifestyle. However, things change dramatically with Black Coffee as what we have here is Mr Marriott and the Blackberries belting out a rocking bit of gospel - sublime! I Believe To My Soul, Shut Up And Don't Interrupt Me, That's How Strong My Love Is all follow taking things down the soul music route until we get to Summer Song, an acoustic interlude that could easily have come from their Town & Country album and for me, concluding with Beckton Dumps a true killer track from Mr Marriott with the band in fine and raw fettle.
Only the live material then emulates what the Pie were really all about with Up Our Sleeve kicking you in the delicate parts before the band go steaming into one of the best renditions of Honky Tonk Women you're likely to clap ears on - and all nicely rounded out by Roadrunner with the band showing off their jamming prowess along with their "funk" credentials - leaving you gasping for more!
Doubtless, if you are a Pie fan, then this is a proud member of your collection - but if you've never really given much audio time to this fine British band, then you could do far worse than start with this album...!