Title - 'Joint Effort'
Artist - Humble Pie
For those not in the know, Humble Pie was an English rock band formed by Steve Marriott in Essex during 1969.
They are known as one of the late 1960s' first supergroups and found success on both sides of the Atlantic with such songs as "Black Coffee", "30 Days in the Hole", "I Don't Need No Doctor" and "Natural Born Bugie".
The original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a 17-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley, from The Apostolic Intervention.
Now released as a digitally remastered archive recording (February 8th, 2019 via Cleopatra Records), Joint Effort is a very special "lost album" recorded in 1974-75 at Clear Sounds Studio with that very same aforementioned classic line-up.
2. "This Ol' World"
3. "Midnight of My Life"
4. "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker"
6. "Snakes & Ladders"
7. "Good Thing"
8. "A Minute of Your Time"
10. "Think 2"
This never-before-heard album of original compositions by the band along with some rather blazing covers of James Brown ("Think"), The Beatles ("Rain") and Betty Wright ("Let Me Be Your Lovemaker") now comes packaged with liner notes and rare photos.
The funky brilliance of Brown's "Think" is first out the traps and is something fabulous to behold, trust me. The slow-roll of "This Ol' World" is next and is backed seamlessly by both the laid back, mid tempo ballad "Midnight Of My Life" and an excellent gravelly vocal on Wright's "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker."
Their take on the Beatles' "Rain" is one chock full of reaching, yet unlabored hip sway and that's followed by the raucous delights of "Snakes & Ladders", the gentle piano blues of "Good Thing" along next.
The beautiful love ballad "A Minute Of Your Time" brings forth more deep, gravel-laced vocals, before the funky lead and bass guitars come back for the splendid "Charlene."
A recounting of Brown's song in the form of "Think 2" rounds the album out splendidly and ensures that all fans of this band, let alone of the music of that era, will thoroughly enjoy this lost gem.
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