Peter Frampton Albums Ranked

Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He has previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. After the end of his ‘group’ career, as a solo artist, Frampton released several albums including his international breakthrough album, the live release Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold more than 8 million copies in the United States and spawned several hit singles. Since then he has released several other albums. He has also worked with Ringo Starr, the Who’s John Entwistle, David Bowie, and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others.
Frampton is best known for such hits as “Breaking All the Rules”, “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Do You Feel Like We Do”, and “I’m in You”, which remain staples on classic rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The SimpsonsFamily Guy, and Madam Secretary. Frampton is known for his work as a guitar player, particularly with a talk box and his voice. Here are all of Peter Frampton albums ranked.

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9. Thank You Mr. Churchill (2010)

“This was Frampton’s follow-up to his Grammy-winning album Fingerprints. The writing, playing and singing are all solid. He gets personal with autobiographical tunes like “Thank You, Mr. Churchill” and “Vaudeville Nanna and the Banjolele.” The delightful “Invisible Man” is a tribute to the glory days of Motown which even features members of the Funk Brothers, the jazz musicians Berry Gordy recruited to form Motown’s house band. His playing on acoustic and electric is excellent as always, and you will find a mix of rockers like “Solution” and “I Want It Back” as well as mellower works like the Latin-infused “I Understand” and the instrumental “Suite Liberte.” I particularly liked the subtle humor and frustration aired in “I’m Due a You.””

8. Breaking All the Rules (1981)

‘Frampton really rocks hard on this one. He loses a lot of the pop sheen he had had to his last few release and just gets back to the no frills basics here! Stripped down straight ahead rocking on Breaking All the Rules! If you love Frampton I would recommend you give this truly lost classic a listen. Lemon Records should be commended for finally getting this on CD! Nice job of remastering and packaging is deceent. A solid album at a fair price! If you are Frampton fan I would grab this one while it is available. I doubt this will ever make it CD again.”

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7. I’m In You (1977)

“On the heels of “Frampton Comes Alive,” Peter Frampton had some big shoes to fill — his own! And was this the equal of “Frampton Comes Alive” or superior to it? No. Not at all. However, standing on its own, it’s a decent album for its era. Solid instrumentations, some well-written songs, and Frampton in good vocal form make this album one worth listening to. Nowhere near as impressive as “Comes Alive” but still a good album.”

6. Fingerprints (2006)

“This is a fabulous album of instrumental guitar work. I’ve long been a fan of Peter Frampton’s guitar playing, so perhaps I’m a bit biased, but the proof is in the pudding, baby. Fingerprints has 14 songs that sizzle, relax, and explore. I’d go so far as to say that his might be Pete’s finest hour. He shows why his chops are inventive, interesting, complex, and underrated. He is by far, a much more interesting guitar player than most of his contemporaries who enjoy inflated stardom. Forget Carlos “One Lick Wonder” Santana. Don’t waste your time with silly speed flash licks from Eddie Van Halen. Give yourself an opportunity to see what a real rock guitarist can do.”

5. Somethin’s Happening (1974)

“After being put through Pop Star Hell by eager promoters, Frampton returned to making the kind of music he loves. Unlike many others among his contemporaries, he has continued to grow as a guitarist and all-around musician. This album is a fine collection of different musical moods and textures that explore many sides of this multifaceted artist. Frampton even includes a hot guitar instrumental that harkens back to his days with Humble Pie, as well as his earlier influences (Hank Marvin in particular). I highly recommend this recording.”

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4. Peter Frampton (1994)

“I truly enjoyed this Peter Frampton album! Like alot of people I got really burned out on “Frampton Comes Alive” back in the 70’s because of the constant airplay and it’s POP music venue.Being a guitarist myself for 42 years I practiced and played to always reach a higher and more professional creative level.Frampton has done that in this album.It’s entertaining but it showcases Peter’s true playing ability and his creative ability teamed with fellow composer Kevin Savigar.”

3. Wind of Change (1972)

“Peter Frampton bears his whole being on this album and signals from a mountaintop that he has something to say with a special skill-set to do it. This album is like a telegraph of what was to come down the tracks just a year or two later. It takes a special man to be a creator, a performer, the object of desire, and retain his wits to raise a family and continue to create for us. I recommend you find this in good shape on vinyl and then make an appointment to at a high end audio shop to listen to every note of it. Enjoy!

2. Frampton’s Camel (1973)

“I am the first to admit that early Humble Pie with Frampton and Marriott is an ultimate listening pleasure. And as popular as Frampton”s early solo career was in its time, I just never could make the transfer. Sure it has its share of hooks and there are some rocking passages, but somehow I can’t avoid the feathery production. You know Frampton is something your girlfriend would request, while giving Humple Pie the cold shoulder. “Lines on My Face” and “Which Way the Wind Blows” are the best of the lot.”

1. Frampton (1975)

“A solid collection of songs, four of which were included in the landmark album “Frampton Comes Alive” that was released the following year. Here the hit “Baby, I Love Your Way” is preceded by the short, mellow instrumental “Nassau” that was omitted from the live album but was restored in FCA35 anniversary album. Although some songs may grow on you more quickly than others, there is not a bad on in the bunch. In this album we hear a growing artist on the cusp of greatness.”