As Safe as Yesterday Is

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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]

As Safe as Yesterday Is
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ReleasedAugust 1, 1969[1]
Recorded1969, Olympic Studios, London, England
GenreBlues rock[2]
ProducerAndy Johns
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Featuring former frontmen Steve Marriott (ex–Small Faces) and Peter Frampton (ex–The Herd).


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]

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]

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  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" (Frampton, Marriott) – 6:05

Side twoEdit

  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


  • Steve Marriott - vocals (01,02 [fade-out vocals],03,04,05,06,07,08 [second vocals],09,10), guitar (01,03,05,06,09,10), slide guitar (02), acoustic guitar (07), harmonica (04,07), organ (02,03,05,09,10), goofs (09), tablas (04), piano (06)
  • Peter Frampton - vocals ([backvocals],10), guitar, slide guitar (07), organ (01), tabla (05), bass tablas (07), piano (03,08,10)
  • Greg Ridley - bass, vocals, happy noise (07), percussion (05), skins (04)
  • Jerry Shirley - drums, grins and explosions (01), percussion (04,05,07), tablas (07), harpsichord (08), big ones (02), piano (05), lead thumbs (03)
  • Guests :
  • Lyn Dobson - flute (04,08), sitar(08)
  • Andy Johns - producer
  • Arranged : Humble Pie


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 referencesEdit

  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.
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  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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