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|Studio album by|
|Studio||Olympic Studios, London and Marriott's Clear Sounds Studio Essex|
|Genre||Blues rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Marriott|
|Humble Pie chronology|
|Steve Marriott chronology|
Street Rats was created at the same time as Steve Marriott was producing a solo album, and a collaboration album with Greg Ridley. He was not keen on producing another Humble Pie album, and did not want to tour the U.S. again, as they had been touring solidly for the past four years.
While on the road, everything they wanted was paid for, but once they got back to England, four years and 21 tours later there was no money in the bank. Understandably, they were loath to tour and promote another album. Marriott: "We'd been on tour for about four years, and we were just very tired". But A&M as well as manager Dee Anthony were able to insist that Humble Pie were contracted to do another tour, and to do so without another album would have been an unwise move by the band.
In early 1975, the record company, tired of waiting for the new album, "confiscated" material from Marriott's Clear Sounds Studio, but much of the material was not meant for Humble Pie, it was for a solo album and for his on-going project with Ridley. To make the best of a bad situation, A&M brought in Andrew Loog Oldham to mix and cut up the tracks and make them heavier, much to the disgust of Marriott. The title Street Rats was also thought up by A&M. Not surprisingly the band were never happy with the album, with Ridley saying: "It was terrible". Clem Clempson elaborated on this. "The mixes were done by someone outside the band, [Oldham], and when we heard it we were horrified". Marriott (1975): " "Street Rats" was a track with me, Ian Wallace and Tim Hinkley playing piano, It was nothing to do with Humble Pie". "Somebody stole the 16-track mix [ ] It was intended as the title track for my album".
The album has different mixes for the US version. The UK version also has the track "Funky to the Bone" in place of "There 'Tis", Marriott stated in an interview that the song had nothing to do with Humble Pie. "It was just musicians up in my studio!"
Five of the albums' eleven songs are covers; "Rain", "We Can Work it Out" and "Drive My Car" from The Beatles; "Rock and Roll Music" by Chuck Berry and "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker" by Reid/Clark/Wright and originally recorded by R&B artist Betty Wright in 1973. There are two song written by Marriott, "Street Rats" and "Road Hog". The remaining three are collaborations between the various band members.
The last word on the album by Ridley: "Humble Pie were better than that, but we were not really consulted."
After the release of this album and their farewell tour, Humble Pie disbanded, citing musical differences. Marriott went on to produce his first solo album Marriott and promptly moved back to the UK.
- "Street Rat" (Steve Marriott) - 2:52 (Lead Vocal: Steve) (Drums: Ian Wallace)
- "Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) - 2:55 (Lead Vocal: Greg)
- "We Can Work It Out" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:18 (Lead Vocal: Steve)
- "Scored Out" (Clem Clempson, Marriott) - 2:43 (Lead Vocal: Steve)
- "Road Hog" (Marriott) - 3:08 (Lead Vocal: Steve)
- "Rain" (Lennon, McCartney) - 5:58 (Lead Vocals: Steve and Greg)
- "There 'Tis" (Marriott, Clempson) - 3:06 (Lead Vocal: Steve)
- "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker" (Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke, Betty Wright) - 5:57 (Lead Vocal: Greg)
- "Countryman Stomp" (Greg Ridley, Clempson, Tim Hinkley) - 2:20 (Lead Vocal: Greg)
- "Drive My Car" (Lennon, McCartney) - 3:43 (Lead Vocal: Greg)
- "Queens and Nuns" (Clempson, Marriott, Ridley, Jerry Shirley) - 3:04 (Lead Vocal: Steve)
- Steve Marriott – guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals, producer
- Clem Clempson – guitar, slide guitar
- Greg Ridley – bass guitar, vocals
- Jerry Shirley – all drums except on "Street Rat"
|15 February 1975||New York City||United States||Academy Of Music|
|17 February 1975||Detroit||Cobo Arena|
|19 February 1975||Atlanta||Municipal Auditorium|
|21 February 1975||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|22 February 1975||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|24 February 1975||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|25 February 1975||Madison||Dane County Coliseum|
|26 February 1975||St Louis||Kiel Auditorium|
|28 February 1975||New Orleans||The Warehouse|
|1 March 1975|
|5 March 1975||Fresno||Selland Arena|
|7 March 1975||San Francisco||Winterland Arena|
|8 March 1975|
|9 March 1975||Sacramento||Sacramento Convention Centre|
|12 March 1975||Charleston||Charleston Civic Centre|
|13 March 1975||Louisville||Louisville Gardens|
|14 March 1975||Salem||Salem-Roanoke Valley Civic Centre|
|15 March 1975||Philadelphia||The Spectrum|
|16 March 1975||Columbus||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|17 March 1975||Buffalo||Kleinhans Music Hall|
|19 March 1975||Dallas||Municipal Auditorium|
|20 March 1975||Baton Rouge||Independence Hall|
|21 March 1975||San Antonio||Municipal Auditorium|
|22 March 1975||Houston||Sam Houston Coliseum|
|23 March 1975||Tulsa||Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion|
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- Twelker, Uli; Schmitt, Roland. Small Faces & Other Stories. Sanctuary (Second Edition). pp. 103–106. ISBN 1-86074-392-7.
- "Betty Wright – Let Me Be Your Lovemaker / Jealous Man (1973, PL, Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
- Twelker, Uli; Schmitt, Roland. Small Faces & Other Stories. Sanctuary (Second Edition). p. 106. ISBN 1-86074-392-7.
- "TourDateSearch.com: Humble Pie tour dates". Tourdatesearch.com. Retrieved 20 August 2018.