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Hummingbird in a Box
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on October 11, 2014
WHEN PETER ROCKS OUT , HE IS A FORCE, IF YOU HAVEN'T FOLLOWED HIS CATALOG SINCE ...COMES ALIVE , YOU HAVE MISSED INCREDIBLE GUITAR WORK AND SONGWRITING.......WHEN HE PLAYS ACOUSTIC.....THINK OF WRIC CLAPTON......ON STEROIDS, SIMILIAR SOUND,,,,BUT SORRY E.C. FANS ,,,,,FRAMPTON'S A BETTER PLAYER!!!!!
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on January 2, 2015
A very decent 'concept idea' CD. Peter has not seemed to have lost a bit of his virtuosity on the 6-string, but this is a long ball that stayed in the park. A little more pizazz and variety would have done it for me, but I feel it deserves no better than a 4 when I prefer to give him 5's.
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on September 8, 2014
P F has a style that is unique & in his maturity is turning up with sophistication in his music which is only attributed to musical genius. The music is great listening & a must have for any PF fan or rock & blues lover. His unique guitar art & style stands out in this album. I enjoy this sort of stuff very much.
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on July 12, 2014
This is a good album. The tracks have a cool, somewhat cerebral touch to them, an indication of a composer/guitarist that is surely getting better with age.
Frampton was my first concert (FCA) when I was 11 or 12 and I've seen him perform several times over the past years, the latest last summer near Atlanta as part of his road show with Sonny, BB, and some special guests. Frampton's dueling guitar numbers with Larry Carlton were superb.
In an age where most of the 60s/70s guitar legends are either gone or really not producing, it's refreshing to still hear Frampton pull out something along these lines. The genesis of the CD with the Cincinnati ballet is unique.
Also nice to read the liner notes of the CD to see what gear was used. Guitars include late '50s ES 335's, '60s-era Fender P-basses, various Martins (including the signature D45). Also fun to see Frampton use a Fender Hank Marvin Strat - the Shadows were an early fav of Frampton.
Interestingly - unless I'm missing something - despite the cover art, the famous Les Paul Custom (black beauty) that graced the cover of FCA and that was lost for decades following a plane crash was not used on the album. There's no mention of it on the liner notes.
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on June 30, 2015
I purchased this CD for my girlfriend and she LOVES it. She has a bunch of Frampton CDs (collect the whole set!) but did NOT have this one. If fact, she didn't know anything about, which made it a big surprise for her. After listening to it, I like it too.

Highly Recommended
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on February 8, 2015
I believe this is the best Peter Frampton album of his career. The music is light and deep, rich and colorful. Peter paints a masterpiece with his guitar that is not to be missed. The name of this album is very apt, As usual Peter Delivers!
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on September 27, 2014
Don't pay any attention to the negative reviews here. They are obviously not into guitar-based music. This is the best collection of music from 2014, from anyone. Friendly Fire ranks with right up there with his classics from the Pie and the first four solo albums. There are some cool acoustic tracks and a couple all out rockers, even a jazzy moment or two. The only drag is it's too damn short.

Peter Frampton is one of the most accomplished guitarists on the planet. Yes, he has released some forgetable music in the past, but Hummingbird proves that Fingerprints was not a fluke. He's on a late-career resurgance...and its wonderful to hear.

And for you audiophiles out there, the vinyl version sounds GREAT!
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It may come as a surprise to you but Peter Frampton until a few years ago lived in Cincinnati for over a decade. From the get-go, Frampton did whatever he could to integrate himself into our local arts community (among many things, he organized a 9/11 remembrance/charity concert in early 2002 consisting of Cincinnati-area musicians, raising funds for the 9/11 victims and their families). All this eventually lead him to the Cincinnati Ballet. The Ballet, ever looking to expand its creative horizon, in 2011 collaborated with legendary Cincinnati band Over the Rhine, where OtR performed live on stage as the Ballet dancers performed new dances written specifically for this. The event was so successful that the Ballet looked for similar such opportunities. Enter Peter Frampton. Even though by then he had moved away from Cincinnati, there remains a close kinship between Frampton and the Queen City, and Frampton agreed to write new music specifically for the Ballet (more on the performance itself later).

"Hummingbird In a Box: Songs For a Ballet" (7 tracks; 28 min.) collects all of the new music written by Frampton for the 2013 performance by the Ballet. About half of the tracks are instrumental, including the gentle opener "The Promenade's Retreat". The title track is a Beatles-esque tune reminding me of the quieter songs on "The White Album" of all things. "The One in 901" is a harder charging, bluesy instrumental. "Friendly Fire" is another tune with Frampton on lead vocals, as is "Heart To My Chest", a beautiful introspective song. "Shadow Of My Mind" is a soaring track, where Frampton's vocals and his electric guitar collide as one. The collection ends with "Norman Wisdom", a jazzy instrumental. Bottom line: this is a very nice addition to the already rich Frampton catalog. Not long enough to be a full album, yet longer than your typical EP, this mini-album is priced just perfectly.

In April, 2013, this music received its world premiere when Frampton and his band played live on stage while the Cincinnati Ballet danced to new choreography. Just as was the case with Over the Rhine, it proved to be a magical evening, bringing out the best in both Frampton and the Ballet, with three different sets: the brand new Ballet-specific music, other recent music from Frampton, and of course his 1970s classics. Since then the Ballet has performed to the new music again (in celebration of its 50th anniversary, last month at the Joyce Theater in New York), but on that occasion the music was taped, and not performed live by Peter and his band. I'm not sure why it's taken over a year for this music to be released, but better late than never. "Hummingbird In a Box: Songs For a Ballet" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on October 9, 2017
As described and would buy it again!
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Peter Frampton is absolutely one of the most underrated guitarists of our time. While Fingerprints will probably always be my favorite of his work, he has yet to record anything I don't love. This album doesn't disappoint. He shows off his songwriting skills with heartfelt and thought-provoking lyrics on songs like Heart to My Chest and Friendly Fire. My favorite track is The One in 901, which is instrumental and features his blazing guitar skills.

My husband and I see Frampton each time he tours. His live performances are brilliant. If you've yet to see him, I highly recommend the experience. In the meantime, this CD deserves a place in your collection.
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