Category: 1971

“Sorrow,” David Bowie’s cover of The McCoys 19…

“Sorrow,” David Bowie’s cover of The McCoys 1966 track, was the only UK single released from Pin Ups. The b-side, “Amsterdam” (Jacques Brel, 1964), was recorded in 1971 for Ziggy Stardust, but not released until this 1973 single.

Pink Floyd, June 16th, 1971 at the Abbey of Ro…

Pink Floyd, June 16th, 1971 at the Abbey of Royaumont, by Bernard Allemane

Ozzy Osbourne, 1971, by Chris Walter. Nice sho…

Ozzy Osbourne, 1971, by Chris Walter. Nice shoes, man.

Miles Davis, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, June 19…

Miles Davis, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, June 1971.

Peter Frampton with Humble Pie, “Shine On”, 19…

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.)

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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. 

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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.”

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(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.

The record store in A Clockwork Orange, 1971, …

The record store in A Clockwork Orange, 1971, filmed in the real Chelsea Drug Store. Note the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, also directed by Stanley Kubrick

Pete Townshend and his dog Towser, 1971, putti…

Pete Townshend and his dog Towser, 1971, putting on a show for Pete’s stuffed animals, by Barrie Wentzell.

more-relics: David Gilmour  Tokyo, Japan, 2nd…

more-relics:

David Gilmour  Tokyo, Japan, 2nd August 1971. Photo by Koh Hasebe.

Pink Floyd, Live at Pompeii, October 3-7, 1971

Pink Floyd, Live at Pompeii, October 3-7, 1971

YesFrom the August 21st, 1971 issue of Disc &a…

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From the August 21st, 1971 issue of Disc & Music Echo Magazine

(via: The Glamtastic 70′s)