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On to Victory 1980 Album

On to Victory On to Victory
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1980-04-01
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On to Victory is the ninth studio album recorded by the English rock band Humble Pie and the first with a new lineup including vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott, Drummer Jerry Shirley, vocalist and guitarist Bobby Tench from The Jeff Beck Group, and American bassist Anthony "Sooty" Jones. They recorded "Fool for a Pretty Face", which Marriott had written earlier and the song proved good enough for them to secure a recording contract with Atco in 1980. In UK their material was released by Jet Records, owned by the former Small Faces manager Don Arden. The album peaked #60 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Fool for a Pretty Face was released as a single and reached #58 on the US singles charts and a promotional tour followed as part of The Rock'n Roll Marathon, supporting Ted Nugent and Aerosmith.
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Steve Marriott
Steve Marriott
Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Lisa Raymond
Lisa Raymond
Backing Vocals
Marge Raymond
Marge Raymond
Backing Vocals
Cheryl Ashley
Cheryl Ashley
Backing Vocals
Bobby Tench
Bobby Tench
Guitar, Vocals
Tracklist
1. Fool for a Pretty Face 4m 12s
2. You Soppy Pratt 4m 8s
3. Infatuation 3m 45s
4. Take It From Here 3m 39s
5. Savin' It 4m 41s
6. Baby Don't You Do It 3m 25s
7. Get It In The End 2m 41s
8. My Lover's Prayer 4m 2s
9. Further Down The Road 4m 29s
10. Over You 2m 22s

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Now, Ridley, Clempson, and certainly not Peter Frampton would concern themselves with attempting to revive an old, broken-down hulk like Humble Pie. This time around, only Marriott and Jerry Shirley would be participating, along with Bobby Tench and Anthony “Sooty” Jones. It’s pretty easy to take both albums and throw them into the same basic bar-boogie bargain bin, but then again, isn’t that what the critics have done to the Pie for years, in general? I can agree neither album matches up to the classic super group lineup output, but there is a big reason for that, and it has nothing to do with the new additions with Tench or Jones. The saddest development here is Marriott and his hard-living drug and alcohol demons finally catching up to him. Vocally, mentally, performance-wise – all the way around you could tell this guy was aging far faster thanks to the hard living he had done up to this point in his life. When I first heard this one my hopes were up hearing the initial track, “Fool for a Pretty Face”, which honestly is one of the better singles from Steve and the Pie in a long time. I was really young at the time so I do not remember the exact circumstances, but the song scraped the edges of the Top 40, I think. Getting back to the album, though, the band follows up this tour-de-force with…” You Soppy Pratt” …which on the one hand, shows off the old Marriott spunk, but on the other hand, you cannot get over the feeling that the act is long beyond tired. Overall, the impression I got here was a group of guys half-heartedly trying a bunch of different things to see if they work or not. For example, there is a reggae song here (“Savin’ It”), which I do not have a problem with, but it’s pleasantly sloppy and more like a drunken sing-along gig. The cover, of course, hints at the total opposite – we are this big, bad, heavy rock band, but the contents inside I found to be anything but. Well, the heavy stuff is still in place, it’s just that from an organizational point of view, this was maybe one small step above the Street Rats debacle. Still, a Humble Pie without Ridley or Clempson – two guys who were sorely missed, especially Ridley – is not without its’ solipsistic charms, so keep this in mind, and at least there is the anchor single to tide you through when all is said and done.
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