Thursday, 17 March 2016

Peter Frampton - Acoustic Classics, album review

Properly Unplugged, and Brilliant

This is what ‘unplugged’ actually should be: completely acoustic and stripped to mainly guitar and vocal. The strummed chords are simply, perfectly done; the acoustic lead is crisp and controlled. There is some dobro, bass beneath the sublime guitar work on Do You Feel Like I Do, piano on beautiful closer I’m In You, and the only ‘effects' is the use of the talk box on Show Me the Way. Frampton’s vocal is tenderly high-pitched, not quite the vulnerability one might associate with getting older, but a confident naturalness. Former member of The Herd and Humble Pie, his solo album Frampton Comes Alive! sold over six million copies. Every song on this album is re-presented superbly, but there are no surprises that one glories in the renditions of Show Me The Way, Baby I Love Your Way and I’m In You. These aren’t like demos; these are History.

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