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STEVE MARRIOTT Tin Soldier The Steve Marriott Anthology Castle CMETD935 (2006)

Steve Marriott

The Late Great singer and guitarist, formerly of Humble Pie and The Small Faces, finally gets a decent retrospective.

Disc one kicks off with the musical track 'Consider Yourself' and a few other oddities before launching into 'Watcha Gonna Do About It' and 20 more by The Small Faces; proto rock at it's best. Hits, rarities, even a BBC session. Most tracks here were co-written with Ronnie Lane, it shows just how perfect, for their era, the Small Faces and Marriott's songs were.

Disc two, and into Humble Pie, a harder sounding that for while featured Peter Frampton. And what better way to kick off The Pie than the classic 'Natural Born Bugie'?

19 Humble Pie's best, including 'I Don't Need No Doctor', which was later covered by WASP.

Discs one and two, with the addition of a couple of rarities, feature the most essential music suitable for the passing fan. Disc 3 takes us into post Humble Pie / Small Faces eras, with some solo material, some tracks with Peter Frampton, and some Small Faces reunion material.

'Lend Us A Quid' is weaker than earlier material, if a little retro, while the tracks with Frampton (including the excellent 'Bigger They Come Harder They Fall') is as good and heavy as anything Marriott did.

These three discs come in slimline cases, housed in a box with a booklet. Well annotated, everything worthy of Marriott is here.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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