As Safe as Yesterday Is

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As Safe as Yesterday Is
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ReleasedAugust 1, 1969 [1]
Recorded1969, Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre Blues rock [2]
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. [3] [4]

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Humble Pie English rock band

Humble Pie is an English rock band formed by Steve Marriott in Essex during 1969. They are known as one of the late 1960s' first supergroups and found success on both sides of the Atlantic with such songs as "Black Coffee", "30 Days in the Hole", "I Don't Need No Doctor" and "Natural Born Bugie". The original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a 17-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley, from The Apostolic Intervention.


Featuring former frontmen Steve Marriott (ex–Small Faces) and Peter Frampton (ex–The Herd).

Steve Marriott English musician and songwriter

Stephen Peter Marriott was an English musician, songwriter and frontman of two notable rock and roll bands, spanning over two decades. Marriott is remembered for his powerful singing voice which belied his small stature, and for his aggressive approach as a guitarist in mod rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie. Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.

Small Faces English band

Small Faces were an English rock band from East London. The group was founded in 1965 by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist.

Peter Frampton English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist

Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. After the end of his 'group' career, as a solo artist, Frampton released several albums including his international breakthrough album, the live release Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold more than 8 million copies in the United States and spawned several hit singles. Since then he has released several other albums. He has also worked with Ringo Starr, David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others.


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. [5]

Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes, usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

Folk music Music of the people

Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

Mod (subculture) Subculture in England

Mod is a subculture that began in London in 1958 and spread throughout Great Britain and elsewhere, eventually influencing fashions and trends in other countries, and continues today on a smaller scale. Focused on music and fashion, the subculture has its roots in a small group of stylish London-based young men in the late 1950s who were termed modernists because they listened to modern jazz. Elements of the mod subculture include fashion ; music ; and motor scooters. The original mod scene was associated with amphetamine-fuelled all-night dancing at clubs.

The single-only track "Wrist Job" (the UK B-side of "Natural Born Bugie") is a reworking/completion of "The Pig's Trotters", a track that Marriott originally wrote for The Small Faces, although that version only exists as an instrumental backing track. It is thought to be one of the last tracks Marriott recorded with them before leaving the group in early 1969 and was not officially released until it appeared on the band's complete Immediate Records recordings boxed-set in 1995.

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 which he wrote: "Here Humble Pie were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden shit-rock band, with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt." [6]

Michael Earl "Mike" Saunders, also known as Metal Mike, is a rock critic and the singer of the Californian punk band Angry Samoans. He is credited with coining the music genre label "heavy metal" in a record review for Humble Pie's As Safe As Yesterday Is in the November 12, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone. Six months later in 1971, he used the phrase again while reviewing Sir Lord Baltimore's first album, Kingdom Come, in the pages of Creem magazine.

The Angry Samoans are an American punk rock band from the first wave of American punk, formed in August 1978 in Los Angeles, California, by early 1970s rock writer "Metal" Mike Saunders, his sibling lead guitarist Bonze Blayk and Gregg Turner, along with original recruits Todd Homer (bass) and Bill Vockeroth (drums).

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Track listing

Side one

  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

  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


Greg Ridley British musician

Alfred Gregory "Greg" Ridley was an English rock bassist and a founding member of Humble Pie.

Jerry Shirley British drummer

Jerry Shirley is an English rock drummer, best known as a member of the band Humble Pie, appearing on all their albums. He is also known for his work with Fastway, Joey Molland from Badfinger, Alexis Korner, Billy Nicholls, Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, Sammy Hagar and Benny Mardones.

Lyn Dobson is a British musician, noted as a jazz-rock flautist and saxophonist. He appeared with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and Manfred Mann in the mid-1960s, and then with Soft Machine and Keef Hartley, as well as playing on albums by Nick Drake and John Martyn. Dobson played the flute solo on Manfred Mann's "Pretty Flamingo". Dobson also played on a number of sessions for The Small Faces, including their Ogden's Nut Gone Flake LP, and the track "The Autumn Stone", and he performed live with them during 1968. He also subsequently guested on Humble Pie's debut album As Safe As Yesterday Is (1969), on which he also played sitar.


New Musical Express called it "a good LP and one that will grow in estimation with each listen," though "a sameness on certain numbers" was observed. [7] A review in Melody Maker said, "Critically speaking Humble Pie aren't offering anything particularly new. It would be nice to hear more of their instrumental and vocal ability showcased as it gets submerged in the production, but as a team they work well together and given a fair chance and hearing, the group will develop into an important musical entity." [8] A retrospective review by heavy metal historian Martin Popoff gave the album an 8 out of 10 and noted "a Stonesy rock 'n' roll immediacy gripping the proceedings, a number of these tracks sounding very much like the blueprint for The Black Crowes, especially Desperation and the title track, both languid and loud, confident at the road ahead." [9]

Notes and references

  1. "At Last, Humble Pie's Debut". New Musical Express . July 26, 1969. 8.
  2. "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". Classic Rock . Future plc. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. Hewitt, Paulo; Hellier, John. Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 190. ISBN   1-900924-44-7.
  4. "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.
  5. Hewitt, Paulo; Hellier, John. Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... Helter Skelter. p. 191. ISBN   1-900924-44-7.
  7. "New Pie not Faces or Herd". New Musical Express . August 9, 1969. 10.
  8. "Future is bright for Humble Pie". Melody Maker . August 16, 1969. 20.
  9. Popoff, Martin (2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal, Volume I: The Seventies. Collector's Guide Publishing Inc. p. 143. ISBN   1-894959-02-7.

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