Think you've had your fill of Humble Pie? Think again. Formed by Steve Marriott in 1969 after the break-up of Small Faces, Humble Pie epitomized the British rock supergroups emerging at the turn of the decade. With the charismatic Marriott taking on frontman duties, he enlisted Peter Frampton (then of The Herd) on guitar, Spooky Tooth's Greg Ridley on bass and a teenage Jerry Shirley on drums. The group released two beloved albums on Small Faces' former label, Immediate, before making a switch to A&M in 1970 and working up a harder, blues-rock sound that would earn acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
The group's self-titled effort, released in summer 1970, solidified their new direction and set Humble Pie up for a run of albums that would make an indelible mark on the blues-rock scene, among them Rock On, Smokin' and the classic live double-album, Performance Rockin' The Fillmore, recorded at New York's iconic Fillmore East, before the group temporarily disbanded in 1975. Steve Marriott and Greg Ridley are with us no more, but commemorating their great work – and with the full input of both Frampton and Shirley – is the The A&M Vinyl Box Set 1970-1975. Collecting all seven of the group's A&M albums across nine slabs of 180g vinyl, it presents this part of the group's legacy in better-than-ever audio.
"Eat It, in particular, had sound problems originally," says Jerry Shirley, who adds that they have "now been eradicated once and for all, so that our fans, old and new, can hear it as was it was intended to be." Much love and care has been put into assembling the package too, with the albums coming in a hardback slipcase and replica artwork – including the die-cut sleeve that originally housed Thunderbox. "Jerry and I worked together with A&M for some time to get this released," Peter Frampton notes, adding, "We pay tribute to our two lost brothers, Steve and Greg, and hope you enjoy this as much as we did putting it all together." How could you not?