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Eat It is the sixth album by English rock group Humble Pie, released in 1973. A double album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200, and #34 in the UK.

Eat It
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1973
StudioSteve Marriott's clear sounds home studio, (Essex)
Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow (side 4)
GenreR&B, blues rock, hard rock, soul
LabelA&M
ProducerHumble Pie
Humble Pie chronology
Smokin'
(1972)
Eat It
(1973)
Thunderbox
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars link

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Steve Marriott had been talking to the group about having backing singers from early on. During the recording of Eat It Steve Marriott had been in touch with Venetta Fields and asked her to find two other women to help her out. Fields chose Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews (Both previously with Raeletts) to become the Blackberries and flew to London. When Marriott asked them to perform on tour with Humble Pie Sherlie Matthews declined due to other commitments such as her two children and her husband. Matthews chose Billie Barnum to be missing member of the Blackberries.

Each side of this double album is different: Side 1 features Steve Marriott penned rock and roll; Side 2 has classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of acoustic Steve Marriott songs; finally Side 4 features Humble Pie live in concert.[1]

Eat It was the band's seventh official album release and their fifth for A&M Records. [This was also their 3rd double LP (2-record set) within 18 months, the other 2 being 1971's Performance Rockin' The Fillmore and the late 1972 A&M compilation - Lost & Found.]

Steve Marriott produced the album and it was the first album recorded in Marriott's newly built home recording studio he titled Clear Sounds, in a converted barn at Beehive Cottage, Moreton, Essex.[2]

"Get Down to It" was featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Get Down to It" (Marriott) – 3:27
  2. "Good Booze and Bad Women" (Marriott) – 3:18
  3. "Is It for Love?" (Marriott) – 4:41
  4. "Drugstore Cowboy" (Marriott) – 5:40

Side twoEdit

  1. "Black Coffee" (Ike Turner, Tina Turner) – 3:11
  2. "I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles) – 4:05
  3. "Shut up and Don't Interrupt Me" (Johnny Bristol, Edwin Starr) – 3:07
  4. "That's How Strong My Love Is" (Roosevelt Jamison) – 3:49

Side threeEdit

  1. "Say No More" (Marriott) – 2:01
  2. "Oh, Bella (All That's Hers)" (Marriott) – 3:28
  3. "Summer Song" (Marriott) – 2:48
  4. "Beckton Dumps" (Marriott) – 3:16

Side fourEdit

  1. "Up Our Sleeve" (Humble Pie, lyrics by Steve Marriott) – 5:02
  2. "Honky Tonk Women" (Keith Richards, Mick Jagger) – 3:58
  3. "(I'm a) Road Runner" (Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) – 13:29

PersonnelEdit


The Blackberries:

Guests:

  • B.J. Cole - Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Sidney George - Saxophone

Album Production:

  • Chris & Irish - Engineer
  • Fin Costello - Inside Photo, Photography
  • Michael Doud - Art Direction
  • John Kosh - Cover Design, Preparation
  • Jim McCrary - Photography

ReleasesEdit

  • 1973 LP A&M Cat.#3701
  • 1973 LP A&M Cat.#3701 (2)
  • 1999 CD Import Cat.#10593
  • 1973 A&M Cat.#1889
  • 2006 CD Universal Cat.#6231 Japan
  • 2007 CD Universal Cat.#93223
  • 2007 CD Universal Cat.#93223 Japan
  • 2017 LP Box Disc 5 A&M ('The A&M Vinyl Boxset 1970-1975'released June 16, 2017)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ allmusic ((( Eat It > Overview )))
  2. ^ Twelker, Uli; Schmitt, Roland. The Small Faces (The Faces, Peter Frampton, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott Humble Pie & other stories). Sanctuary. pp. 94–95. ISBN 1-86074-392-7.

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