As Safe as Yesterday Is

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As Safe as Yesterday Is
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Studio album by Humble Pie
Released August 1969
Recorded 1969, Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre Blues rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length 55:45
Label Immediate
Producer Andy Johns
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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 album chart.[1][2]

Featuring former frontmen Steve Marriott (ex–Small Faces) and Peter Frampton (ex–The Herd), Humble Pie were saddled with the then-popular tag of supergroup before they had even played a note.[3]


As Safe as Yesterday Is is a blend of heavy blues, crushing rock, pastoral folk, and post-mod pop. Marriott contributed six songs to the album, one co-written with Frampton, who also contributed two solo efforts. The record opens with a cover version of Steppenwolf's "Desperation" and the track "Growing Closer" was written by ex–Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan who actually rehearsed with Humble Pie early on, before deciding instead to form The Faces with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, and Ronnie Lane.[4]

Mike Saunders (later to become singer in punk band Angry Samoans) is credited for one of the first coinings of the term heavy metal as a subgenre in a 1970 review of As Safe as Yesterday Is for Rolling Stone. In 2006, the VH1 Classic documentary Heavy: The Story of Metal, the original text is shown in a close-up from the 12 November 1970 issue, in which he wrote: "Here Humble Pie were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden shit-rock band, with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Desperation" (John Kay) – 6:28
  2. "Stick Shift" (Peter Frampton) – 2:22
  3. "Buttermilk Boy" (Steve Marriott) – 4:22
  4. "Growing Closer" (Ian McLagan) – 3:13 (US version omitted "Growing Closer" in favor of the single "Natural Born Bugie")
  5. "As Safe as Yesterday Is" (Frampton, Marriott) – 6:05

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bang!" (Marriott) – 3:24
  2. "Alabama '69" (Marriott) – 4:37
  3. "I'll Go Alone" (Frampton) – 6:17
  4. "A Nifty Little Number Like You" (Marriott) – 6:11
  5. "What You Will" (Marriott) – 4:20

CD bonus tracks:

  1. "Natural Born Bugie" (Marriott) (Single A-side) – 4:12
  2. "Wrist Job" (Marriott) (Single B-side) – 4:14


  • Steve Marriott - vocals (01,02 [fade-out vocals],03,04,05,06,07,08 [second vocals],09,10), guitar (01,03,05,06,09,10), slide guitar (02), acoustic guitar (07), harmonica (04,07), organ (02,03,05,09,10), goofs (09), tablas (04), piano (06)
  • Peter Frampton - vocals, [backvocals],10), guitar, slide guitar (07), organ (01), tabla (05), bass tablas (07), piano (03,08,10)
  • Greg Ridley - bass, vocals, happy noise (07), percussion (05), skins (04)
  • Jerry Shirley - drums, grins and explosions (01), percussion (04,05,07), tablas (07), harpsichord (08), big ones (02), piano (05), lead thumbs (03)
  • Guests :
  • Lyn Dobson - flute (04,08), sitar(08)
  • Andy Johns - producer
  • Arranged : Humble Pie

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hewitt, Paulo; Hellier, John. Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 190. ISBN 1-900924-44-7. 
  2. ^ "Guide to British Music of the 1960s Humble Pie". Making Time 1995-2007. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ "As Safe as Yesterday Is". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  4. ^ Hewitt, Paulo; Hellier, John. Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 191. ISBN 1-900924-44-7. 
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