Category: 1971 album


Janis Joplin cover shoot for her album Pearl in Hollywood, 1970.

Photos by Barry Feinstein

Not many things look happier than Happy Janis

Carole King at her Laurel Canyon home, January 27,1971, for the cover of Tapestry, by Jim McCrary

Paul McCartney recording 1971′s RAM, by Linda McCartney

Jim Morrison at work on 1971′s LA Woman, by Edmund Teske, via

Jim Morrison, sessions for The Doors’ LA Woman, released April 19, 1971. Photo by Frank Lisciandro.

Neil Young joins Led Zeppelin at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1995 for a 9-minute jam on 1971′s “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV

Things get so out of control that even Robert picks up a guitar to squall! Along the way, a nifty little insertion of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”! A messy, unholy racket, in a good way. LOL

CRYIN’ WON’T HELP YOU, PRAYIN’ WON’T DO YOU NO GOOD. Seriously y’all, turn this tf UP.

That’s Michael Lee on drums, btw. Following runs with The Cult, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Thin Lizzy, he’d played with Robert solo, then with Page & Plant, hence being part of the festivities this particular evening….

Peter Frampton with Humble Pie, “Shine On”, 1971

in which our 20-year-old hero helps the band find its hardest-rocking groove on their 4th album together, at exactly the time he decides he wants to head in a more eclectic, acoustic direction himself, and soon departs for a solo career. 

As a matter of fact, both Frampton and Humble Pie would quickly ascend to previously unimaginable heights once they went their separate ways that fall. Nevertheless, 1971 offered some sneak peeks at what those peaks would look like, however, including their July 3 performance in front of 100,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park,  opening for Grand Funk. (You can see a glimpse of that in the poster frame for the video above, and here below via loudersound.)


Recorded in January 1971 and released in March, Rock On opened with Frampton’s composition “Shine On”, a mid-tempo funky groover featuring the Soul Sisters (P.P. Arnold, Claudia Lennear, and Doris Troy) on the chorus. This is the one song from Frampton’s years with Humble Pie that has been part of his concert repertoire ever since, as well it should be. 


I’ll save for another day the story of Peter’s leaving Humble Pie (short version: drugs, which Peter wasn’t using), but the irony is, the live album he recorded with Humble Pie in 1971 was a smash, and the band was suddenly huge.

And on his first solo tour, who did Peter wind up opening for? OF COURSE, it was Humble Pie. “I thought I’d made the worst decision in my entire career,” he laughs. “They’d stand side of stage making farting noises during my set, but all’s fair in love and war. I had my Wind Of Change band and I made a point of playing ‘Shine On’. It was a very interesting tour.” [x]

As an A-side in 1971 for Humble Pie, “Shine On” failed to chart, but Peter continued to play it, eventually featuring it prominently as part of Frampton Comes Alive, and placing it as the B-side to the 1976 Top 10 single “Show Me The Way.”


(these 2 photos via 45cat)

So yeah, you’ve surely heard THAT version of the song (my own play count is somewhere north of 10,000), but maybe not THIS one. 

This 1971 studio version really is an all-time gem. The arrangement is a bit dated, but it’s also a clarion call, the sound of Peter Frampton, age 20, finding his bedrock and stepping confidently into the light: somewhere between pop and rock, sprinkled with a bit of funk and considerable groove. From here, our boy Peter would continue to Shine On.

1971 Sunset Strip billboard announcing an untitled album by an unnamed artist, by Robert Landau

The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards and Mick Jagger at the Marquee Club,1971, to launch Sticky Fingers, by Keith Morris. 

(Upgraded source; my edit)

Mick Jagger for Sticky Fingers, released April 1971, by Peter Webb