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55m 45s
United Kingdom
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As Safe as Yesterday Is is the debut album by rock band Humble Pie, released in the UK in August 1969. The album peaked at number 32 in the UK Albums Chart. While the group, featuring former frontmen Steve Marriott (ex–Small Faces) and Peter Frampton (ex–The Herd), had technically formed in January 1969, Marriott's final touring commitments to his former band followed by legal wrangles with Frampton's old management had delayed any album releases until August, during which time the band rehearsed and recorded enough material to fill at least three albums.
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Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
Vocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Organ, Tabla, Piano
Steve Marriott
Steve Marriott
Vocals, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Organ, Tabla, Piano
Greg Ridley
Greg Ridley
Bass, Vocals, Percussion, Skins
Jerry Shirley
Jerry Shirley
Drums, Percussion, Tabla, Harpsichord, Piano
Lyn Dobson
Lyn Dobson
Flute, Sitar
1. Desperation 6m 28s
2. Stick Shift 2m 22s
3. Buttermilk Boy 4m 22s
4. Growing Closer 3m 13s
5. As Safe As Yesterday Is 6m 5s
6. Bang! 3m 24s
7. Alabama '69 4m 37s
8. I'll Go Alone 6m 17s
9. A Nifty Little Number Like You 6m 11s
10. What You Will 4m 20s
11. Natural Born Bugie (CD Bonus Track) 4m 12s
12. Wrist Job (CD Bonus Track) 4m 11s


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The first two albums could roughly be tied together since all of the music for both records were taken from the same recording sessions. So…it makes me wonder how people bash this album, then turn around and praise the next one. Or vice versa! Since the Pie were recording for Immediate Records, an arrangement which was basically a leftover from Steve Marriott’s days with his old band, Small Faces, and Immediate was basically out of money, could not promote the group, these two records pretty much went by the boards commercially. So, there was another “super group” album in 1969 – remember Blind Faith? While I like some tracks from that record, it revels in some of the same things people disliked about 70’s dinosaur rock acts – too heavy on the egos, too much faux-soul, not enough gut-rock, and overindulgent jamming. As Safe as Yesterday Is may not be the exact opposite, but it is downright authentic, from the gut, and if it is overindulgent in places at least you know these guys are not going to bleat on for 25 damn minutes and there is still a damn Rick Grech bass solo to get through. Steve Marriott’s time in Small Faces really scarred the guy for a long time – to the point where he was willing to play second fiddle on guitar to Peter Frampton, and play keyboards on a bunch of these tracks instead. Maybe that is what tons of screaming pre-teen girls and getting scammed out of your money all of the time by bad management will do to you, but it sure seemed to me his intent with Humble Pie, from the get-go, was to make it as democratic as possible. Others usually peg this album as unnecessary since Led Zeppelin released their debut record months earlier. Talk about a short-sighted view to take, and I love Zeppelin’s debut. But it is not anywhere near as diverse as this record here. In fact, I’d say Marriott and crew are a little too all over the place, trying to hit so many bases at once, and many times it’s his keyboards which drive the tracks, not the guitar riffs. He is manic here, and you want him to dial it back a bit. So, the best part about this record is its’ sheer diversity. There are big, leaden-heavy rockers. Eastern-influenced drop-out love tunes. Lovely pastoral country-folk songs. Also, the contrasts between all of the band members – Frampton’s polished tastefulness, Ridley’s all-around bedrock professionalism, Shirley’s youthful bash-it-out enthusiasm, and Marriott’s total unpredictability – it seems like here the magic which allowed the group to function naturally and let each individual member spotlight his talents was at its’ peak. I have some favorites but specific songs IMHO are kind of useless to mention. This is the kind of record you have to experience on your own. One more quick note – on many remaster editions the early single “Natural Born Bugie” and corresponding B-Side “Wrist Job” are included. Both are essential to enjoying this early period of the Pie.


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