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‘Rockin' the Fillmore: The Complete Recordings'

Humble Pie (Omnivore)

★★★½

Launched in 1968 by former Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott, British blues rocker Humble Pie enjoyed its American breakthrough with 1971's double live album “Rockin' the Fillmore.” The set was drawn from four shows over two consecutive nights at New York's legendary Fillmore East and proved to be the first gold album for Marriott, guitar wiz Peter Frampton, bassist Greg Ridley and drummer Jerry Shirley. Omnivore has expanded the package with this reissue, a four-CD, 225-minute behemoth that features all four performances in their entirety.

Considering four of the songs — “Four Day Creep,” “I'm Ready,” the half-hour opus “I Walk on Gilded Splinters” and “Hallelujah (I Love Her So)” — appear on all four discs and “I Don't Need No Doctor” pops up three times, “Rockin' the Fillmore” suffers from repetitiveness. But it's the work of a band at its creative peak and a must for Humble Pie aficionados.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-664-9161 ext. 1952.

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