Forgotten series: Peter Frampton – Frampton (1975)

Children of the 1970s know the story of this guy: Played guitar in Humble Pie. Formed Frampton’s Camel. Put out a few studio records (including this one) that more or less went unnoticed. Then … out comes Frampton Comes Alive!

The rest is history. Well, almost.

After those heady times came, in what chronology I don’t care to contemplate, I’m In You and that “Sgt. Pepper” movie — which I will now here admit to seeing twice … back-to-back on the same night at the movie theater.

Those two things appeared to burst the Frampton phenomenon bubble. He just disappeared.

I did buy a record of his in the mid-1980s called Breaking All The Rules. Nothing earth-shattering there. More recently I picked up Live in Detroit, which showcased again what a fine guitar player he still is.

So what’s with this Frampton disc? I was visiting friends and found it in the 3/$7 bin. Couldn’t not get it. Boy, it’s really, really weird to hear studio versions of tunes that have long been inhabiting my brain chemicals in entirely different forms.

And, ya know what? The record ain’t half bad. Strangely, it ends with “Penny For Your Thoughts” then “(I’ll Give You) Money,” just like on the original live record. Comfort for nostalgia freaks like me.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.