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Smokin' by Humble Pie
Released: Jan 1972
Humble Pie had finally built a huge U.S. audience by the time they conquered FM rock radio with the hit from this record, "30 Days in The Hole." Without Peter Frampton, the lead guitar duties were left to Clem Clemson, but the centerpiece here is still singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, who contrives a pretty chilling wail when he puts his guts into it. Hewing to their formulas of Stones boogie and Led Zeppelin ripping, this defined the early '70s riff excesses. Highlights include Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," and a grinding take on Junior Walker's "Roadrunner."
Nate Cavalieri
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