Performance Rockin' the Fillmore

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Performance Rockin' the Fillmore
Live album by Humble Pie
Released November 1971
Recorded May 28–29, 1971
Fillmore East
Genre Hard rock
Blues-rock
Length 72:39
Label A&M
Producer Humble Pie
Humble Pie chronology
Rock On
(1971)
Performance Rockin' the Fillmore
(1971)
Smokin'
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Performance Rockin' the Fillmore is the 1971 live double-LP/single-CD by English blues-rock group Humble Pie. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200, and hit the UK Top 40.

Album profile[edit]

This hour-long set boasted only one original song and a handful of cover tunes, beefed up and presented Humble Pie-style. Peter Frampton's guitar playing was at its most melodic and Steve Marriott's vocals are captured here in essence and preserved.

"I Don't Need No Doctor" was the biggest airplay hit from the album (having been issued as a single in edited version, and reaching #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1971). But some consider the biggest highlight to be the Doctor John cover "I Walk On Gilded Splinters". It stretches out over almost 25 minutes; one can even hear a bottle drop in the menacing intro.

The song listed as "Four Day Creep", and attributed to classic blues singer Ida Cox, bears no melodic or lyrical resemblance to her self-recorded composition of that title. The single version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" was backed with "A Song for Jenny" from the Rock On album, which Marriott wrote for his first wife, Jenny Rylance.

There is a story that, during the mixing of the album, the band presented what they thought to be the finished product to their manager, Dee Anthony. Upon listening to it, he made one comment: "Great, but where's the audience?" It turned out that Marriott and drummer Jerry Shirley were stoned and had forgotten to include the sound of the audience in the mix - so it was back to the mixing desk.

Shortly before the album's release, guitarist Peter Frampton left due to growing friction between Marriott and him. His departure hurt Marriott greatly, though he would never admit it to the other band members.

The album's steady sales helped Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore to become the band's first RIAA gold record, and its popularity helped the band's previous album, Rock On, to reach gold album status as well.

On October 29, 2013, Omnivore Recordings released all four sets recorded that weekend as in a four CD set "Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore-Complete Recordings".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Four Day Creep" (Ida Cox) 3:46
2. "I'm Ready" (Willie Dixon) 8:31
3. "Stone Cold Fever" (Greg Ridley) 6:18
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" (Dr John Creaux) 23:25
Side three
No. Title Length
5. "Rollin' Stone" (Muddy Waters) 16:07
Side four
No. Title Length
6. "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (Ray Charles) 5:10
7. "I Don't Need No Doctor" (Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Jo Armstead) 9:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Live Recording by Fedco Audio Labs
  • Engineer : Eddie Kramer
  • Assistant Engineer : David Palmer
  • Re-mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York
  • Engineer : Eddie Kramer
  • Ably assisted by John Jansen, Andy Edlen, Buzzy and Tom
  • Produced by The Pie

Releases[edit]

1971 LP A&M 3506
1990 LP A&M 6008
1990 CD A&M 75021-6008-2
1990 CS A&M 75021-6008-4
1996 CD Universal/Polygram 1887
2004 LP Classic 3506
2006 CD Universal 6229
2007 CD Universal 93221
2007 CD Universal 93221 (Japan)
2013 CD Universal 3751304

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