'Humble Pie: Life And Times Of Steve Marriott'
(Blu-ray + DVD + CD / NR / 2019 / Cleopatra Records)
Overview: 'Humble Pie: Life and Times of Steve Marriott' is a compelling documentary about one of rock's most dynamic, exciting, and sadly; unsung heroes of rock and roll.
Blu-ray Verdict: Showcasing revelatory interviews with Humble Pie's Peter Frampton, Jerry Shirley, and Greg Ridley, the Black Crowes's Chris Robinson, Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, John Waite, Bad Company/Free drummer Simon Kirke, Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow, Ricky Byrd and Marriott historian John Heller among others, this incredible documentary vividly tells the tale of Steve's tragically short life via the use of previously unseen photos, memorabilia, and home movies.
Tracklisting: 1. Tin Soldier 2. Itchycoo Park 3. Lazy Sunday 4. Paradise Lost 5. Take Me Back 6. Natural Born Woman 7. Alabama 69 8. Sad Bag of Shaky Jake 9. Stone Cold Fever 10. For Your Love 11. 4-Day Creep 12. 30-Days In The Hole 13. I Don't Need No Doctor 14. Hot n' Nasty 15. Black Coffee 16. Bigger They Come 17. I Won't Let You Down.
Running at just over the hour mark and filmed in Full Screen (1.33:1), 'Humble Pie: Life And Times Of Steve Marriott' is, as a fan of their music and the guitarist himself, a pure joy to behold.
Always remembered for his powerful singing voice (which totally belied his small stature), and for his aggressive approach as a guitarist in mod rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie, Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.
As we watch along, we quickly discover in a studio interview that Marriott actually started out life as child actor the man could reach notes that would have dogs sitting up on their hind legs!
Obviously, a lot of this interview space is filled with memories of his Humble Pie days and how he had actually asked Frampton if he could join him (along with his bass player from Spooky Tooth).
A heavy metal rock star trapped in the body of a "popsmith" of the highest order, Marriott never let anyone down and always impressed with every song and at every performance.
So Humble Pie, with his inclusion, quickly became a harder sounding band, with Frampton taking up the more melodic slack of the recordings.
But, as is life within bands, working that closely together with one another and touring the world living out of suitcases (let alone the drugs hat must have been passed around), Marriott's undeniable amounts of raw energy were becoming hard for his band mates to continue to see (as they liked to "switch off" after shows).
So, as Marriott himself says in the interview, the only place for them to go (if it carried on like it was) was down - and it obviously did. Sadly thereafter Marriott passed away and as they say in this engrossing documentary, "The rest is rock 'n' roll history".
Inclusive of some rather rare, and ultimately fiery performance footage of The Small Faces and Humble Pie, we also get treated to 'Hot N' Nasty 1973, the complete Winterland Show where some uber powerful, and show stopping live tracks frame his brilliance in perfect rock action pose; drawing the viewer closer to this wonderful and underrated artist.
The ultimate Collector's package includes Blu-ray disc, Standard Definition DVD plus the audio CD Soundtrack in a gorgeous six panel digipak!
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