Frampton Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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'Frampton' in many ways followed the pattern of Peter's three previous solo albums, containing largely guitar-driven, lively songs, with his characteristic lead guitar style and sound, and some short instrumentals. However, the songs were, in his own opinion, considerably better than many of his earlier ones and had a more commercial sound. Despite being recorded during the gloom of a British November, the album has a cheerful, sunny sound which perhaps helped its American success the following summer. The recording was made with a mobile studio at Clearwell Castle in the Welsh borders, and has something of a 'live' ambience about it, reflecting the acoustic characteristics of the large castle rooms in which it was recorded. The songs are primarily based around Frampton's lively but relaxed piano and acoustic rhythm guitar work, with attractive melodies and harmony vocals, but the overall sound is fairly simple and not heavily overdubbed. In that sense it very much resembles the hit sound of 'Comes alive', but without the extra 'urgency' of a live performance.Read more ›
Frampton uses a lot of guitar textures on the songs, both acoustic and electric. He was and still is an excellent guitar player and songwriter. At times, his lyrics can be a bit off the path with odd couplets like "nerve ... submerge." At times his lyrics are almost surreal in their imagery. But you get the message. And the arrangements are wonderfully melodic. There really is not a clinker on the album.
If you only know Frampton Comes Alive, this is a nice companion and probably the best of his pre-stardom solo career (although I can't really say because I haven't heard any of them). There are only three songs shared between the two (plus the short instrumental Penny For Your Thoughts which is actually the intro to (I'll Give You) Money on both albums).
The way Peter Frampton seems to *almost* write ballads, but insists on throwing in *just* the right amount of guitar playing as a way to seemingly trick the listener into thinking he's writing a ballad when in fact it's actually somewhere in between a ballad and a rocker, is probably his trademark sound. That's the thing I always remember about him, anyway.
Another thing- the back of the album says this album was recorded in a castle, and Frampton comments on how freaky that is, and how the music reflects that. Not really. Now, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is an album recorded in a castle that really SOUNDS like it was.
Anyway, this album is just what I expected- a nice listen with nice songs coming from a nice guy. It's nice to hear versions of "Show Me The Way" and "Baby I Love Your Way" that AREN'T from Frampton Comes Alive. In the case of "Show Me The Way", there's a certain empty vibe about it that the live version seemed to fill, and surpass. "Penny For Your Thoughts - (I'll Give You) Money" is a really good, energetic way to end the album, too. The former being a good instrumental, and the final song being a pretty decent rocker. Good music.
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I like a few of his songs but I especially loved his blondish long hair!! He was so hot. Wonder if he's bald now? Never mind, I don't want to know.Published 4 months ago by P. Lane
Nice tunes from a nice man. When I think of Jimi Hendrix, Leslie West, Jeff Beck, and Jack Bruce - I think of Mr. Frampton. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JimWard
The music on this CD is great, Although not some people may have never heard of him, Peter Frampton is a light and hard rock musician all in one. Read morePublished 10 months ago by world-of-rock music reviewer
pure, strong,songs-the greatness before the hype overcame himPublished 11 months ago by Daniel Menendez
the album before Peter Frampton Comes Alive. Some people like Eric Clapton but I dig Peter Frampton.Published 12 months ago by Michael Bruce
I'm not surprised about this work. Peter Frampton's songs and guitar's melodies was always surprising! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paulo Malheiro
Amazing album by Peter Frampton. All of the songs are enjoyable from start to finish. It's one of those albums you just got to have in your music collection. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Larralde