Humble Pie fans are licking their chops with the release today of the newly expanded collection, Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings. The revised edition has been mixed and mastered from the original multi-tracks under the direct supervision of surviving Pie members -- Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley. The new edition features -- for the first time -- all four shows from the band historic Fillmore East stand as performed on May 28th and 29th, 1971. The collection includes the seven tracks that comprised the original 1971 double album, along with 15 previously unissued performances -- including the band's never-before-heard complete first set from May 28th, 1971.
Jerry Shirley recently published his autobiography, Best Seat In The House: Drumming In The '70s With Marriott, Frampton, And Humble Pie, and told us that although the Humble Pie never really caused a ripple in the careers of rock's "big three"; they did -- and still do great business: "Let's face it, I mean, we were a great band and we were a big band for a while there, but we were never the Beatles, we were never the (Rolling) Stones, we were never the Who. We never got to that stratosphere, if you like. We were trying to get there. But, y'know what? Considering that, the amount of record sales we still generate is quite decent. I mean, y'know, it's not millions a year, but it's a healthy amount. Let's put it like that."
Peter Frampton, who's remained close with Jerry Shirley over the years, shed some light on what made his collaboration with Steve Marriott and Humble Pie so special at the dawn of the '70s: "The conflict of musical styles -- that's what I think made Humble Pie a very fiery band, because there was this guy with this great voice -- Steve -- and the very blues-oriented blues guitar. And then there's me, on the other side of the stage, playing very lyrical jazzy lines over a blues-rock bass, y'know, which was very different then. And that's, I think, the combination of us two, I think that's what made it so. . . It was on the edge all the time, y'know?"