Category Archives: Peter Frampton

Rocks In The Attic #205: Peter Frampton – ‘Somethin’s Happening’ (1974)

RITA#205Like a lot of bands or artists that are more famous for their live work than their studio work, Peter Frampton’s albums prior to Frampton Comes Alive sound quite weak.

He was obviously doing something right, as the songs sound great when they appeared on that live offering. In their original environment though, they just don’t sound fully formed. I wouldn’t put it down to the production – there’s nothing that sounds out of place – but there’s just an absence of the energy that spills out of Frampton and his band on the live album. The songs, in the context of Frampton Comes Alive all seem to fit together and complement each other that little bit better.

A song like Doobie Wah (a shameless Doobie Brothers rip-off if I’ve ever heard one, saved only by the blatant confession in the title) on this album sounds like a completely different song that pops up as the second track on Frampton Comes Alive. It is the same song, but the energy is just missing here. Peter Frampton was just in the right place at the right time with his blockbuster live album, and I guess that live set is now best remembered as a symbol of the type of rock excess that punk came along and happily challenged.

Hit: Baby (Somethin’s Happening)

Hidden Gem: I Wanna Go To The Sun

Rocks In The Attic #148: Peter Frampton – ‘I’m In You’ (1977)

Rocks In The Attic #148: Peter Frampton - ‘I’m In You’ (1977)This is a pretty star-studded recording – Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr all pop on this album in various guises. I guess when you release a successful album like Frampton Comes Alive!, your next album is always going to attract attention from certain quarters.

Frampton Comes Alive! was one of the first records I ‘borrowed’ from my Dad’s collection – and like most people, I know that album much better than his studio albums.

It seems that …Alive! was Frampton’s peak – and all that remained for his solo career was a slippery slope downhill. The cover of this album says it all – his career is no longer aimed at fans of Humble Pie and classic rock in general; it’s now aimed at the bedroom walls of pubescent teenage girls.

Hit: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)

Hidden Gem: Won’t You Be My Friend