Wed June 5th, 2002
Wed January 17th, 2001
Wed May 17th, 2000
Wed October 6th, 1999
Mon March 21st, 1994
Mon October 16th, 1989
Mon February 17th, 1986
Extended Versions (2002)
Show Me the Way: Best of Peter Frampton (2002)
Anthology: The History of Peter Frampton (2001)
Frampton Comes Alive! 25th Anniversary (2001)
Universal Masters Collection (2001)
Extended Versions (2000)
Peter Frampton, guitar/vocals
Back in his mod days, Peter Frampton was voted "Face of 1968" by several British music magazines. For neophytes to world of mod culture, a "face" is a trendsetter, the leader of the pack, the alpha male of a particular mod scene. In Franc Roddam's 1979 film Quadrophenia, Sting made an appearance as an ace face. The main character in the movie, James Michael "Jimmy" Cooper (played by Phil Daniels) was a "ticket" who aspired to be cool enough to earn the love of Steph. Tickets were the guys who followed the face.

The plight of Jimmy is summed up eloquently in this lyrical excerpt from the Who's "Sea And Sand," from the album Quadrophenia:

"The girl I love is a perfect dresser,
Wears every fashion gets it to the tee.
Heavens above,I got to match her
She knows just how she wants her man to be
Leave it to me...

I see her dancing across the ballroom
UV light making starshine of her smile.
I am the face, she has to know me,
I'm dressed up better than anyone within a mile.

So how come the other tickets look much better?
Without a penny to spend they dress to the letter.
How come the girls come on oh so cool
Yet when you meet 'em, every one's a fool.

Come sleep on the beach
Keep within my reach
I just want to die with you near
I'm feeling so high with you here.
I'm wet and I'm cold
But thank God I ain't old
I should have split home at fifteen
Why didn't I ever say what I mean?
There's a story that the grass is so green,
What did I see?
Where have I been?

Nothing is planned, by the sea and the sand

Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton became a household name in the ’70s when his solo career ignited, but by the time Frampton Comes Alive! became a worldwide hit in 1976, the guitarist was already a seasoned veteran who had some ten years of playing experience with three different bands under his belt.

Frampton was born in Beckenham in southeast London and started playing guitar at the age of ten. When he was 16 he joined the Herd, which specialized in upbeat pop rock. The group enjoyed a certain mod cachet and scored several hits (including ³I Donıt Want Our Loving to Die,² ³Paradise Lost² and ³From the Underworld²) during Framptonıs tenure, which ended in 1969 when he decided to make a name for himself as a more serious musician.

Joining forces with former Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott and ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, Frampton formed Humble Pie. Though Frampton left to pursue a solo career only two years later, Humble Pie continued for several years longer, establishing itself as an influential hard rock outfit.

In the years following his stint in Humble Pie, Frampton pursued session work with George Harrison and Harry Nilsson for a time before issuing his first solo album (Wind of Change). Shortly thereafter (in 1973) he formed a touring group (Framptonıs Camel) and hit the road. Thanks to a steady concert schedule and a couple more albums, Frampton was able to build a following in the U.S. but it was the double live album Frampton Comes Alive! that would be his big breakthrough. The follow-up Iım In You was a milder success.

The late ı70s were a difficult time for Frampton. He made his film debut in the woeful Robert Stigwood project Sgt. Pepperıs Lonely Hearts Club Band which proved a critical and commercial disaster, and he began having problems with depression and alcohol. In 1978 he was seriously injured in a car accident in the Bahamas.

Frampton continued to record in the ı80s and contributed to David Bowieıs 1987 album Never Let Me Down, which led to a touring stint on Bowie's subsequent Glass Spiders tour. Framptonıs next project was a collaboration with his former bandmate Steve Marriott, but misfortune struck again when Marriott died in a 1991 house fire.

Three years later, the indefatigable Frampton released a self-titled album of new material that showed off his melodic rock and distinctive, elegant guitar work.
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