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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 December 2013
For a younger music fan unfamiliar with this classic, Humble Pie were an English rock band formed in 1969 by guitarist/singer Peter Frampton and front-man rhythm guitarist, keyboard and harmonica player Steve Marriott, who had an distinctively raucous vocal style perfect for hard rock. Joining them were the excellent Greg Ridley on bass and vocals, and young Jerry Shirley on drums.

The quartet experienced only modest success with their studio releases but was always an A-list act onstage, with a reputation for hard rock grooves which drove their audiences wild with enthusiasm. This 1971 live album sees the Pie at the top of their game: four back-to-back concerts at The Fillmore East in NYC as the middle-act of a triple bill (between openers Fanny and headliner Lee Michaels) each set time-constrained to just over an hour. The original 1971 double-album release culled songs selectively from the four performances and was a commercial breakthrough for the Pie, is widely regarded as a rock classic and by many as the best live-on-stage rock album ever released.

Now you can hear all four concert performances unedited, Eddie Kramer's original recordings lovingly restored by the two surviving band members Frampton and Shirley. Ashley Shepherd's remixes are crisp and beautifully sharp, and the remastering work by Bob Ludwig finally does full justice to these epic, muscular rock performances.

Pie fans who remember the original 1971 `Performance' vinyl double-album or who already have it in the collection but have not yet heard this October 2013 four-disk box set might still be asking themselves "Is it worth buying?"

The answer is a definite "Yes". The sound quality throughout is stunning, and the four complete performances are subtly - and sometimes more obviously - different, not only in overall tone but in the song mix: `Rolling Stone' features in only two of the concerts, and `Stone Cold Fever' in only one. Marriott's banter (complete with refreshingly unedited cockney-accented profanities) punctuates each performance, driven by the dynamic interaction with each night's unique audience. The captivating guitar-vocal interplay of Marriott and Frampton and the improvisational virtuosity of the whole band in the long sections (especially evident on `Walk on Gilded Splinters') give the performances depth; the quieter sections offer light and shade and make the jump-to-your-feet-and-dance hard rockers even more invigorating.

The presentation of Omnivore's new box set is superb. Housed in a robust hinged box decorated with the original 1971 artwork, a separate CD is devoted to each of the four performances. The 20-page booklet includes an intelligent and thoughtful essay by Tim Cohan, track-by-track sleeve notes and some fine photographs from the period.

One more thing: this music makes most sense when played very, very loud. It's not background easy-listening or dinner-party ambient. So buy it, crank up the volume and have a party to some of the greatest live rock music performances ever recorded.
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on 13 March 2015
In the seventies live-album were almost standard for many rockbands, some gained their fame and fortune through it (for instance Deep Purple with "Made in Japan", Kiss with "Alive" Peter Frampton with "Peter Frampton Comes Alive") but long before that Humble Pie taped their four livesets (two evenings) in the Fillmore East e in may 1971 and a compilation thereof resulted in the double-album (on vinyl that is) "Performance, Rockin'the Fillmore" which captures the fire of the band. Before that they released 4 studioalbums, which are not very strong and sound much lighter than of the live-offering. Remarkable is that Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton were songwriters in their own right, as proven on the latter's live-album, a millionseller of no small feat, and at the time of the Small Faces, the utlimate popband, though the setlist contains no self penned songs, not even the hitsingle Natural Born Boogie. But that beside this is how such an album has to be, Now, 40 years later, the whole live recordings are made available on CD and this is a real treasure. Each concert is featured here and they can easy compete with each other. The sound is superb, clear as glass, the music smokes, with duelling leadguitars, vocalduties shared by three members, strong harmonicaplaying, an iron rythmsection, and a first class choice of classic cuts, sometimes exceeding the 20 minutes in which the band excels in improvising, before returning to harmonyparts. Setcloser "I Ain't need no Docter" is a real killer (or as Marriott declares on the first set "a bastard"). This is how music is meant to be.
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on 5 October 2015
All four shows fom which the double album "Rocking The Fillmore was culled.Each show has more or less the same tracks but all vary in time and content from each other.Whoever made the selections for the final album did a good job but for fans this is well worth getting even if you have the afore mentioned double.
Recording quality is excellent and although tracks are duplicated each disc presents a single concert so you dont have to listen to it all at once.
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on 20 February 2014
I can't add much more than the other 19 five star rating have already done before me. But it can't get nothing less.
The re-mastering is superb and from the opening of disc 1 the sound came flying out of my speakers with such a punchy sound, especially the rhythm section...This needs to be heard loud to get the best from it. And such fun to listen to the different versions of the songs, especially 'Walk on gilded splinters'
Amazing to think this was all recorded 43 years ago. This is a beautifully packaged set of one of the greatest live albums of all time, but now even better and complete.
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on 24 February 2014
I have always been a fan of Stevie Marriot.(I remember ice skating to Tin Soldier). I always feel his loss was a great tragedy but he left us a great legacy of music. Listening to these 4 albums I think they did pick out the best versions for the original album but it is really great to hear different versions of the songs we know so well. I play one album a day. It's like being at different concerts in my own home. A great addition to my collection. It really is a gas.
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on 10 January 2014
I've at the original album since I was at school. First on vinyl, then on CD. Was in 2 minds whether to buy this box set but I shouldn't have doubted it. To hear the different nuanced performance over the 4 show, which were distilled to make to original album. ABSOLUTELY BLOODY MARVELLOUS!!! Deserves more than 5 stars :-)
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on 23 September 2014
My first ever rock concert was Humble Pie at the Rainbow in 1971 with Joes Lights in the background. I sat at the very back of the circle wondering if I would be able to hear anything from so far away. Then Stevie Marriot touched his guitar and my hearing has never been the same. How wonderful that someone has now gone to so much trouble to re-master these old tapes and include all 4 concerts at the Fillmore. I still love and play the vinyl double album however this set is very special and you finally get to hear the sh** word that was beeped out in 1971. At age 60, I can handle that!
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on 20 February 2015
Superb, 2 shows a day, and Marriots' voice still kills!! Great menacing, yes menacing Frampton guitar, no shredding. A professional lesson in bass playing as well. Try the 'Eat It' show on the King Biscuit cd to, big sound. Wish I had seen this band back then. A mate saw them in Hawaii '73 with the girls throwing tambourines across the stage. He said it was awesome of course. Read drummer Jerry Shirleys' book to it's great.
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on 15 June 2014
One of the greatest live albums of all time just got even greater. Now we can hear all four shows in their complete glory. This is what new archival releases should be - just a great job by the folks responsible for putting this project together.

If we can only get Deluxe Editions of all the early Pie albums, or the much rumored archival box set in the works, with tons of rare unreleased tracks, this Pie fan can die happy.
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on 29 November 2013
Having seen Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley at the Camden Roundhouse very happy memories flooded back so just had to get the album even tho I have the original. It is digitally remastered to the highest degree and does not disappoint. Steve Marriott, Greg Ridley, Peter and Jerry at their most excellent. Rock on P & J
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