"Anthology" (SJPCD194)

Bassist with Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth and many others, Greg also had anotable solo career until his sad demise in 2003.

The music here is largely drawn from the solo and Humble Pie years, mixing solid blues and hard rock, and some neat guitar solos along the way. Greg was also a great rock vocalist, making the material stand up even more.

There's many a classic and more here; Humble Pie's "Natural Born Bugie" and Greg's own (and vastly beefed up) "Natural Born Woman", featuring some boogie piano to add to the fat sound.

Fans will appreciate the collaboration with Spanish band Tea. Sadly the set's light on the 60s material, you really need a double disc to keep up with the very extensive booklet and sleevenotes, but any set that features Steve Marriott, Peter Frampton, Dave Colwell and even Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith has to be worth checking out

Joe Geesin, www.getreadytorock.com (January 2005)


 While neither The VIPs nor Spooky Tooth (and its Art spin-off) are represented, hitherto unissued items from the mid-1970s feature various Pie-men...

Adam Clayson, Record Collector (April 2005)


This enjoyable new CD explores the musical legacy bequeathed by former Humble Pie bassist Ridley...a fitting tribute to one of the forgotten men of British rock.

Kevin Bryan,  (April 2005)


Greg powered the Pie in much the same way as Andy Fraser drove Free, using his bass to all intents and purposes like a lead instrument...This 18-tracker also includes a selection of Greg's solo material, and the more broody and bluesy the better.

Geoff Barton, Classic Rock (April 2005)


...the music here is timelessly attractive, and the main attraction here is the more recent material by Ridley, which proves the man was capable of delivering powerful, bluesy hard rock, with his low vocals that grew thicker with time.

Avi Shaked, www.maelstrom.nu (April 2005)


With an informative 24-page booklet and some previously unreleased tracks and photos, this is a useful intro for newcomers or, for existing fans, a fitting retrospective of a career spanning forty years

Jan Eyton, Classic Rock Society (April 2005)


 ...All I Ever Needed stands as a beautiful tribute to a much missed musician, and even packs its own tribute, in the form of “Live To Learn,” an uncompleted Ridley composition that was completed, and recorded, by Dave Colwell and Dean Rease. Ridley himself is not on the track, but the song belongs here regardless.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (March 2005)

 


...Greg proves what a fine singer he was, with some self-composed numbers, some of Steve Marriott's and a few standards. He had a bluesy voice, something that definitely lent itself to Seventies rock music...

Feedback, May 2005