"The Life and Times of Steve Marriott" is a compelling documentary about one of rock's most dynamic, exciting, and sadly; unsung heroes of rock and roll. Showcasing revelatory interviews with Humble Pie's Peter Frampton, J... more »erry Shirley, and Greg Ridley, the Black Crowes's Chris Robinson, Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, John Waite, Bad Company/Free drummer Simon Kirke, Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow, Ricky Byrd and Marriott historian John Heller among others, the documentary vividly tells the tale of Steve's tragically short life via the use of previously unseen photos, memorabilia, and home movies. Rare fiery performance footage of The Small Faces and Humble Pie frames the action, drawing the viewer closer to this wonderful and underrated artist. Track List: Tin Soldier, Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday, Paradise Lost, Take Me Back, Natural Born Woman, Alabama 69, Sad Bag of Shaky Jake, Stone Cold Fever, For Your Love, 4-Day Creep, 30-Days In The Hole, I Don't Need No Doctor, Hot n' Nasty, Black Coffee, Bigger They Come, and I Won't Let You Down.« less
"I finally got my copy of The Life and Times of Steve Marriott and it's everything I hoped it would be and more. It is just so nice to finally have something out there to help us remember this great artist by. Up until now there has been nothing but the music and my memories, and I hope lots of people see this and become fans like me. The music is great, of course, and I think overall the tracks selected are a good mix of Steve's vast catalogue of material. It was such a treat to see that great old B&W Small Faces stuff. I was just 12 years old when all that British Mod stuff was happening, but I remember it well. There are a couple of virtually un-interrupted Small Faces performances, as well as a nervous young Steve meeting a fan. Watch as he puts his pick in his mouth to shake her hand and then takes it out to talk! There are a couple of complete songs performed from the early Humble Pie days which was an unexpected treat. You can really see the boys stretching their creative wings with all the acoustic stuff. Steve was more in the background at this time as he wanted to have everyone in the band share the spotlight, but it's hard not to watch him, and that voice...ahh that voice! His harp playing is fabulous. We quickly move on to the "Rockin' the Fillmore" period (no mention of Rock On album at all) and virtually no concert footage from this period until we get to a very nice surprise, a live version of "I Don't Need No Doctor" with Clem Clemson that just smokes! Despite the poor sound quality, it captures the live energy this band had which was unequaled. This is how I will always remember Steve and the Pie. From there the story jumps right along to Smokin' and Eat It, with very little concert footage (sadly) except a snippit of Steve and the band with the Blackberries singing a version of "Black Coffee" that is different from the record. I wanted more! Then we zip along to the breakup of the band. No mention of Thunderbox or Street Rats (not that the latter is really worth mentioning, but still...) and then on to the 2nd version of Small Faces and Humble Pie. Again, not really note-worthy stuff, but very little of Steve's later work in the '90s, and I'm sure there is some video of that period. Oh well. To sum up, you get a lot of great early stuff, both with Small Faces and Humble Pie, some gems from the heyday of Humble Pie, and not much at all of the later years. It seemed like it all ended too quickly! The interviews and comments by those folks lucky enough to know Steve were great. Jerry Shirley was a kick, and Peter Frampton and the rest were fun to listen to. I wish there was just a single interview with Steve, to hear him talk would have been nice. I also remember seeing Humble Pie on TV back in the '70s on shows like "In Concert" and "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" (remember those?) and it would have been cool to have some of that footage as well. All in all, a great video/DVD to have for your library about one of rock music's all time great perfomers, and leaves you wanting more."
Life and Times worth the wait
E. Grabianowski | Buffalo, NY | 12/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Overall, this DVD is nicely done, with lots of concert footage. Now, of course, I'll go through and mention all the little things I didn't like. The production is a bit amateurish, with cheesy 80s video effects demarking the chapter separations. The worst thing is that there is a huge gap between Eat It and the first break-up of the band. No mention of Thunderbox or Street Rats at all. Suddenly they're showing pictures of the hideous Bob Tench, who is somehow more unpleasant to look at than to listen to. Peter Frampton's interviews are very enlightening, and he's quite open about everything, from him quitting the band to the project he and Steve were working on when Steve died. A wide range of rock and roll characters make appearances too. Greg Ridley was conspicuous in his absence, however. The special features are nice, although the menu system makes it a little difficult to get to them. You have to actually go to the last chapter of the disc, instead of just hitting 'menu,' which simply restarts the DVD from the beginning. My favorite feature is the 'audio only' tracks. Here you can listen to all the live performances given in the documentary, but without the interviews talking over them. Unfortunately, they didn't use the unedited performance footage, so you still have cuts to people talking during the songs, you just don't hear them. The 'media room' is nicely done as well, with all of the people interviewed listed along with 9 questions. You can choose who you want to answer which question, and there's a lot of information here that doesn't appear in the documentary. Bottom line: despite a few flaws, well worth the price for any Pie, Steve, or Small Faces fan."
Too little, too late?!
shazam | Australia | 07/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last - something for the fans of probably the most dynamic live act and artist of the 70's. There never has been and most likely never will be, anyone quite like Mr Marriott, who's untimely death left an enormous void in the rock world. This dvd focusses on the earlier days of Humble Pie. There is a badly cut version of I Don't Need No Doctor - taken, I believe, from an Old Grey Whistle Test. It proves that somewhere out there in Archiveland there exists more footage of the band. Bring it on - there is a huge market for Humble Pie fans (just check the number of bootlegs doing the rounds!) Peter Frampton, Jerry Shirley (whom I met with Steve at a Packet of Three gig in Leicester many years ago) Clem Clempson all make pertinent and valuable contributions - but nothing from Greg Ridley, which is sad because he was/is (?) probably the best bassist around at the time. Where is Greg?!! Track listing is good and worthy of the band. This offering could have done with more anecdotes, and of course, more live footage - what about the famous Charlton gig with the Who and Maggie Bell? That was filmed - I have some of it on vhs! If you only ever buy one dvd from the 70's - buy this one. If you buy loads - buy this one anyway. If you don't have a dvd player - buy this one because one day you will glad that you did."
RIP steve .. a fitting tribute
I. J. Sloan | Rossendale, Lancs United Kingdom | 09/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you dont know who Steve Marriott was, or if you did not like him ... clearly, you are not going to bother with this DVD.
If you did like this guy ( as as someone else said ... how can you NOT love him ? ) and are wondering should I buy it?. The answer is "Well, I am REALLY glad I did"
It is too short, but it is an excellent documentary package for anyone who has loved Steve Marriott from the first time I saw him ( in my case 33 years ago in Hyde Park, London with Grand Funk Railroad). I was not a "mod" so was not into the Small faces, but this documentary clearly showed how talented he was even in his teens, ans I certainly will re-evauate them
Those people who love Steve Marriott know he was a unique talent ... I am careful of the word "unique" 'cause I can hear the well honed arguement that "we are all unique" coming back to me .. but this guy had a unique TALENT. He had fantastic stage presence, a great voice, enough energy to light a small town, and enough rock and roll angst to make him a true rebel.
... and this DVD shows all those facets perfectly.
I bet Steve was a devil to live with, but by God, I bet if you did, you would know you were alive. !!
RIP Steve.... this DVD does you justice ... another 2 hours and it would have been perfect
rick meherin | 04/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I play the blues.And occasionally,am asked who my biggest influence was.I usually see a look of confusion on their faces,when I proudly proclaim "STEVE MARRIOTT!", He was first and foremost a bluesman.,Listen to the track "I WONDER" on the" SMOKIN'" record.You'll understand.I've never heard a better blues harmonica. The film brought a tear to my eye ,and I thought it was GREAT!!"