Steve Marriott and his boys in Humble Pie were firing on all cylinders at the start of 1973, fueled by the career-high No. 6 chart placing achieved by the previous year’s aptly named ‘Smokin’’ LP, which appeared to indicate the British group’s de facto conquest of America. Now all they had to do was top it.
By the beginning of 1969, Steve Marriott was really growing tired of what he saw as the limitations of the Small Faces. Despite expanding their sound on the classic 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake' album the previous year, Marriott's heart just wasn't in it as the new year was getting underway. "I've changed in myself and the group has changed as things have happened to us," Marriott told an interviewer in September of 1968. His participation would come to an end by March of 1969.
One could make a good argument that Humble Pie have in some ways lived out the prophecy of their name. Now frequently overshadowed by the same peers they once blew off the stage, the British group have indeed been forced to eat humble pie in the grand scheme of classic rock history. But that in no way diminishes the scale of their influence