Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore is a live album by Humble Pie. It was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York on the 28th and 29th May 1971 and released in November 1971.
The group had released their Rock On studio album in March 1971.
Humble Pie performed four sets over the two days and they have been released in full on Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore: The Complete Recordings in 2013. Since it is basically the same set list each time with minor variations, it’s not an album I recommend unless you are a big fan of Humble Pie.
Humble Pie gained a lot of attention after the fact because Peter Frampton of Frampton Comes Alive was a member at the time of this recording.
Humble Pie Performance Rockin The Fillmore
- Four Day Creep – 3:46 (cover of an Ida Cox song)
- I’m Ready – 8:31 (cover of the Willie Dixon song, on the Humble Pie album)
- Stone Cold Fever – 6:18 (Rock On)
- I Walk on Gilded Splinters – 23:25 (cover of a Dr John song)
- Rollin’ Stone – 16:07(cover of a Muddy Waters song, on Rock On)
- Hallelujah I Love Her So – 5:10 (cover of a Ray Charles song)
- I Don’t Need No Doctor – 9:15 (a Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Jo Armstead song first recorded by Ray Charles)
As you can see, this set is mostly covers of songs written by other people. Only Stone Cold Fever is a Humble Pie original as it’s written by the bass player, Greg Ridley.
Whilst Humble Pie have selected some very good songs, it seems to me it’s odd that there were no Marriott or Frampton tunes.
The band on these recordings were:
Steve Marriott – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Peter Frampton – guitar, vocals
Greg Ridley – bass, vocals
Jerry Shirley – drums
Peter Frampton left shortly after the album was recorded to start a solo career.
What you get is plenty of guitars duelling away and Steve Marriott’s gutsy blues-based voice.
Two songs – I Walk on Gilded Splinters and Rollin’ Stone – are massively extended but they do it well.
The sound is good buy my copy of the CD sounds a bit flat and it needs to be remastered to stand up to the quality of sound we get from modern live recordings.
What Other People Say
This has appeared on a few best live album ever lists:
Planet Rock 23
Classic Rock 36
It’s also loved on Amazon.
Buying Performance Rockin The Fillmore
To help you to find the album quickly and easily, I’ve given you the following links::
Below is the complete four set recording so you can see the duplication of songs for yourself.
What Do You Think?
Is this the best of the Humble Pie live recordings? Is it the classic that people say?
What Are The Best Live Albums Of All Time
I’m treating Humble Pie as a blues rock group so the album is included in the poll to find the best blues rock live albums.
It was close to being included in the hard rock and heavy metal best live albums poll as well but, with the exception of Led Zeppelin, I’m trying to limit the crossover between the two categories.
My aim is to help you to find the best live albums through readers polls, my own reviews and from bringing in Amazon reviews.
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.