Peter Frampton remembers his guitar on Frampton Forgets The Words

Peter Frampton Band's all-instrumental covers album Frampton Forgets The Words is richly toned and stately

Peter Frampton Band: Frampton Forgets The Words
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Ordinarily ten instrumental versions of some pretty well known songs might seem like old school indulgence but Peter Frampton’s richly toned interpretations hold the day. 

No rush here, it’s all on the stately side, whether he’s covering Sly Stone (If You Want Me To Stay), George Harrison (Isn’t It A Pity) or his childhood chum David Bowie’s Loving The Alien

No doubt Frampton is a master of his craft and his tastes are refined enough to sit Radiohead next to Roxy Music and Alison Krauss beside Marvin Gaye. 

There’s plenty of wit about the project: the cover features a vintage Phenix typewriter and a blank sheet of paper but his fingers do the talking elsewhere. 

The best moments are possibly the more obscure ones – a delicious I Don’t Know Why (a Stevie Wonder B-side in 1968) and Michel Colombier’s Dreamland

Herd immunity for troubling times. The Beckenham boy done good.

Max Bell

Max Bell worked for the NME during the golden 70s era before running up and down London’s Fleet Street for The Times and all the other hot-metal dailies. A long stint at the Standard and mags like The Face and GQ kept him honest. Later, Record Collector and Classic Rock called.