Peter Frampton


Band members                             Related acts

- Andrew Bown - bass, keyboards, percussion,

  backing vocals (1972)

- Frank Carillo - guitar, backing vocals (1972-)

- Peter Frampton - vocals, guitar

- Mick Gallagher - keyboards

- Mickey Jones - rhythm guitar (1972)

- Chris Karen - percussion (1972)

- Mike Kellie - drums (1972)

- Steve Lukather - guitar, backing vocals (1981)

- Del Newman - strings, woodwinds (1972)

- Jeff Porcaro - drums (1981) 

- Billy Preston - keyboards (1972)

- Jim Price - horns (1972)

- John Regan - bass (1981)

- Frank Ricotti - percussion (1972)

- John Siomos - drums

- Ringo Starr - drums (1972)

- Arthur Steed - keyboards, backing vocals (1981)

- Klaus Voorman - bass (1972)

- Rick Wills - bass, backing vocals (1972-)

 

  line up x: (2021) aka The Peter Frampton Band

- Rob Arthur -- keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming

- Peter Frampton -- guitar

- Adam Lester -- guitar

- Glenn Worf -- bass 

- Dan Wojciechowski -- drums, percussion 

 

  supporting musicians: (2021)

- Eric Darken -- percussion

- Gordon Kennedy -- guitar 

 

 

 

 

 

- Grunt Futtock

- The Herd (Peter Frampton)

- Humble Pie (Peter Frampton)

- Man Doki Soulmates

- Pacific Drift

- The Preachers

 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: *** (4 stars)

Title:  Wind of Change

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-4348

Year: 1972

Country/State: Beckenham, Kent

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4406

Price: $10.00

Cost: $1.00

Listening to "Wind of Change" for the first time in 25 years (???), I have to admit that this is a killer album.  Marking Frampton's post Humble Pie solo debut, this self-produced effort stands as one of the most confident debuts I've ever heard.  Exemplified by original material such as 'Fig Tree Bay', the title track and ''Lady Lieright, the album served to highlight Frampton's limited, but likeable voice, while underscoring his gift for crafting highly commercial AOR (no wonder he felt artistically constrained in Humble Pie).  While there were plenty of pretty ballads and mid-tempo numbers ('Oh For Another Day' and 'All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)' are two of his prettiest melodies), Frampton was smart enough to include a taste of his rock roots (sadly missing on later projects).  Propelled by his distinctive Les Paul, the cover of The Stones 'Jumping Jack Flash' didn't improve on the original, but still stands as one of the better cover versions I've heard.  Elsewhere, 'It's a Plain Shame' and 'Alright)' stand as two excellent rockers. (Along with an all start cast of supporters, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman provided support on a couple of tracks.)  Perhaps his best solo effort, it didn't sell worth crap ...      

 

"Wind of Change" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Fig Tree Bay   (Peter Frampton) - 3:31

2.) Wind of Change   (Peter Frampton) - 3:00

3.) Lady Lieright   (Peter Frampton) - 2:51

4.) Jumping Jack Flash   (Mick Jagger - Keith Richards) - 5:16

5.) It's a Plain Shame   (Peter Frampton) - 3:09

6.) Oh For Another Day   (Peter Frampton) - 3:51

 

(side 2)

1.) All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)   (Peter Frampton) - 6:25

2.) The Lodger    (Peter Frampton)- 5:40

3.) Hard   (Peter Frampton) - 4:35

4.) Alright   (Peter Frampton) - 4:21

 

 

 

 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Frampton's Camel

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-4389

Year: 1973

Country/State: Beckenham, Kent

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear; no poster

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4114

Price: $10.00

Cost: $1.00

Ah, talk about bringing back high school memories ...    

 

At least to our ears, Frampton's second post Humble Pie release, 1973's "Frampton's Camel" is his most consistent and enjoyable release.  Original material such as "I Got My Eyes On You", "All Night Long" and the haunting " Lines On My Face" aptly showcased Frampton's strengths including his highly melodic guitar, coupled with short, tight, and very commercial songs.  Listening to this LP for the first time in a decade, we're also taken by the fact Frampton was a surprisingly accomplished vocalist.  Anyone doubting that comment should check out his performances on the haunting ballads "Lines On My Face" and "Don't Fade Away".  Backing from a stellar band (keyboardist Mick Gallagher, drummer John Siomos and bassist Rick Wills) certainly didn't hurt the proceedings.

  

"Frampton's Camel" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) I Got My Eyes On You   (Peter Frampton) - 4:29

2.) All Night Long   (Peter Frampton - Mick Gallagher) - 3:19

3.) Lines On My Face   (Peter Frampton) - 4:50

4.) Which Way the Wind Blows   (Peter Frampton) - 3:32

 

(side 2)

1.) I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever)   (Stevie Wonder - Yvonne Wright) -- 4:10

2.) White Sugar   (Peter Frampton) - 3:37

3.) Don't Fade Away   (Peter Frampton) - 4:39

4.) Just the Time of Year   (Peter Frampton) - 3:58

5.) Do You Feel Like We Do   (Peter Frampton - Mick Gallagher - John Siomos - Rick Wills) -  6:44

 

 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Breaking All the Rules

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-3722

Year: 1981

Country/State: Beckenham, Kent

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4609

Price: $10.00

 

In hindsight this is the album that Peter Frampton should have released as a follow-on to "Frampton Comes Alive".  Co-produced by Frampton and David Kershenbaum, 1981's "Breaking All the Rules" wasn't exactly groundbreaking, but it marked a return to what the man did best - namely upbeat commercial AOR guitar rock.  Backed by Toto's Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro tracks like 'Dig What I Say', 'I Don't Wanna Let You Go' and 'Rise Up' found Frampton sounding considerably more enthusiastic than on his previous couple of studio releases.  Frampton's limited voice remained instantly recognizable and his knack for tossing off glowing guitar solos remained intact  (check out 'Wasting the Night Away').  On the other hand, unlike earlier releases this time around the album included several covers including a shot at  The Easybeats' 'Friday On My Mind' that simply didn't make much sense.  A solid and enjoyable release (perhaps his best 1980s offering), unfortunately by the time the album was released public tastes had moved on, relegating Frampton to runner up status.

 

"Breaking All the Rules" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Dig What I Say  (Peter Frampton) - 4:16

2.) I Don't Wanna Let You Go   (David Finnerty) - 4:21

3.) Rise Up   (Billy Alessi - Bobby Alessi) - 3:46

4.) Wasting the Night Away  (Peter Frampton) - 4:12

5.) Going To L.A.  (Peter Frampton) - 5:57

 

(side 2)

1.) You Kill Me  (Peter Frampton) - 4:13

2.) Friday On My Mind   (Harry Vanda - George Young) - 4:18

2.) Lost a Part of You  (Peter Frampton) - 3:42

4.) Breaking All the Rules  (Peter Frampton - Keith Reid) - 7:04

 

 

 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Frampton Forgets the Words

Company: UMe

Catalog: B0033088-01

Year: 2021

Country/State: Beckenham, Kent UK

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: gatefold sleeve; double LP

Available: 1

Catalog ID: --

Price: $40.00

 

Yes, Frampton's reputation was largely built on his long glowing locks and on being a guitar god, but buying a Peter Frampton album without hearing his instantly recognizable voice is an odd experience.  Nah, Frampton's never been rock's best singer, but having grown up in the '70s, its an instrument I've grown up with and feel comfortable with.  Hey that's my youth you're talking about and yes I was one of the hoards that saw the "Frampton Comes Alive" tour  - Brussels, Belgium's Forest National, November 7,1976.

 

Self-produced and credited to "The Peter Frampton Band" (composed of keyboardist Rob Arthur, guitarist Adam Lester , bass player Glenn Worf and drummer Dan Wojciechowski), 2021's "Frampton Forgets the Words" followed the path of his 2006 album "Fingerprints."  This time around the ten track, three sided vinyl release featured a collection of  songs reportedly reflecting some of the guitarist's long time favorite tunes. Besides being an all instrumental set, the collection's interesting for it's musical diversity.  I would have expected Frampton to stick with what he knows - '60s and '70s pop, rock and soul covers.  You'll find some of those here (George Harrison's 'Isn't It a Pity'), but Frampton took on a truly diverse city of material including country (the Alison Krauss hit 'Maybe'), '60s funk (Sly Stone's 'If You Want Me To Stay) and jazz bassist Jaco Pastoriusí 'Dreamland.'   Partially to amuse myself, without paying attention to the liner notes,  the first time I played the collection I kept track of how many of these tunes I recognized.  Luckily I passed, recognizing eight of the ten tracks.  Yeah, I had to listen to a couple of tracks twice to nail, them, but ultimately my memory banks clicked.  That left a cover of the late jazz bassist Jaco Pastorious's 'Dreamland' and the closer "Maybe' as the two tracks I was unfamiliar with.  Musically the set was surprisingly diverse including Motown (The Miracles' 'One More Heartache'), jazz ('Dreamland'), '80s alt-rock (Roxy Music's 'Avalon'), '90s alt-rock (Radiohead's 'Reckoner' and even country (songwriting partner George Kennedy's 'Maybe').  The performances were all tasteful, seldom straying too far from the originals, while shining the spotlight on Frampton's always melodic work.  And yes, the famous 1954 Les Paul Phenix is featured throughout the album.   Available on YouTube, Frampton recorded comments on each of the album's ten tracks.  I've included links to those comments below.

 

"Frampton Forgets the Words" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) If You Want Me To Stay (instrumental) (Sly Stone) - 5:35   rating: *** stars

While I liked the clean tone Frampton got on this Sly and the Family Stone cover, I can't say this version added anything to the original.  The melody remained instantly recognizable, but Frampton's clean lines only served to underscore how much I missed hearing Sly's unique voice.  Frampton's comments on the song can be found at:  Peter Frampton Band - If You Want Me to Stay (Track by Track) - YouTube

2.) Reckoner (instrumental) (Colin Greenwood - Johnny Greenwood - Ed O'Brien- Philip Selway- Thom Yorke) - 6:15   rating: **** stars

To my ears Frampton's rearrangement of Radiohead's 'Reckoner' (off of 2007's "Rainbows") was one of the prettiest tunes he's recorded in years.  I had no problem recognizing the basic melody, though the original's vocals and array of percussion were sadly missed. YouTube has the promotional video at: Peter Frampton Band - Reckoner - YouTube  Frampton's comments on the tune: Peter Frampton Band - Reckoner (Track by Track) - YouTube

3.) Dreamland (instrumental) (Jaco Pastorious - Michel Colombier) - 4:04   rating: *** stars

The original version of 'Dreamland' turned Pastorius' bass into the lead instrument.  The results were impressive and demonstrated some of the most melodic bass I've ever heard.  Frampton's take remained true to the original melody with his higher strings mimicking the bass sound.  His take remained surprisingly jazzy.  Frampton's comments on the tune: Peter Frampton Band - Dreamland (Track by Track) - YouTube

 

(side 2)

1.) One More Heartache  (instrumental)  (Marvin Tarplin - Smokey Robinson - Ronald White - Robert Rogers - Warren Moore) - 4:26   rating: *** stars 

One of the biggest surprises came with Frampton's re-arrangement of The Miracles' classic 'One More Heartache.'  The famous riff was still there, but it was slowed down and given a much more blues-oriented feel.  I really liked this version (his Les Paul seldom sounded better), but my heart still belongs to the original.  Frampton's comments: Peter Frampton Band - One More Heartache (Track by Track) - YouTube

2.) Avalon (Bryan Ferry) (instrumental) - 5:08   rating: **** stars

An admitted hi-fi geek, Frampton's admiration for the "Avalon" album extended to using it as a sound guide whenever he set up his stereo equipment.  Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music are so unique covering anything they've done is going to be a challenge.  Accordingly, 'Avalon' turned out the be one of my favorite performances.  Again, loved the tone Frampton got from his guitar and slowing the track down and injecting a touch of soul gave it a cool sheen.  Of course I missed Ferry's "iceman" vocals.  YouTube has a live, in-studio performance of the song - surprised to see Frampton played a Telecaster on the opening segment of this one: Peter Frampton Band - Avalon - YouTube  Comments: Peter Frampton Band - Avalon (Track by Track) - YouTube

3.) Isn't It A Pity (instrumental) (George Harrison) - 4:51    rating: **** stars

I knew Frampton had a working relationship with the late George Harrison and appeared on "All Things Must Pass", but I'd never heard the detailed story, so it wasn't a major surprise to see a Harrison cover on the LP.   As for the song, 'Isn't It a Pity' stands as one of Harrison's prettiest melodies and Frampton highlights those characteristics, but I have to admit to missing Harrison's plantive vocals. Frampton's comments on the song were fascinating:   By the way, the Doris Troy LP he mentions is great.   Peter Frampton Band - Isn't It A Pity (Track by Track) - YouTube   Here's the link to the cute promotional video for the song.  COVID through Frampton's eyes in under five minutes: Peter Frampton Band - Isn't It A Pity - YouTube

4.) Don't Know Why (instrumental) (Lula Hardaway - Paul Rise - Stevie Wonder - Don Hunter) - 2:50   rating: *** stars

I had to listen to this one twice before I figured out it was a Stevie Wonder cover.  Once again the original's dark, tortured melody was there, but buried under Frampton's rock-flavored arrangement.  This was one where you really missed Wonder's Clivinet opening and the dark, anguished voice.   Frampton's discussion of the song: Peter Frampton Band - I Don't Know Why (Track by Track) - YouTube

 

(side 3)

1.) Are You Gonna Go My Way (instrumental) (Lenny Kravitz - Craig Ross) - 3:24   rating: ** stars

'Are You Gonna Go My Way' is one of those tracks that's recognizable from the opening chords.  Never liked the Lenny Kravitz original and Frampton's cover wasn't particularly daring.  Peter Frampton Band - Are You Gonna Go My Way (Track by Track) - YouTube

2.) Loving The Alien (instrumental) (David Bowie)  - 7:04     rating: **** stars

His cover of David Bowie's 'Loving the Alien' provided one of the album's prettiest covers tunes and perhaps the song closest to his heart.  While touring as a member of Bowie's band in the 1980s, 'Alien' stood as Frampton's "spotlight" moment.   YouTube has a promotion video for the track: Peter Frampton Band - Loving The Alien - YouTube  Frampton's comments: Peter Frampton Band - Loving The Alien (Track by Track) - YouTube

3.) Maybe (instrumental) (Gordon Kennedy - Phil Madeira) - 4:25

'Maybe' was the second mystery track to my ears.  A pretty ballad, Alison Krauss and Union Station had a hit with their  recording of the Gordon Kennedy composition.  That also explains why I wasn't familiar with the track.  Opening with some pretty acoustic work (Frampton joined by songwriter Kennedy), Frampton's cover ditched the overt country tinges substituting that beautiful tone he pulls from his guitars..  Pretty, but not really my genre.   Frampton's comments: Peter Frampton Band - Maybe (Track by Track) - YouTube 

 

(side 4)

 

 

 

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