Omnivore Recordings is set to reissue three out-of-print Peter Frampton albums on CD with remastered audio, expanded artwork and new liner notes taken from recent interviews. Frampton’s Premonition and When All The Pieces Fit will be re-released on August 28th with Now to follow on September 4th.
After an incredible run through the 1970s on A&M Records, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986 on a new label, with a new album and single that found him back on the Billboard charts and radios across the world.
Premonition became Frampton’s first release to make the Billboard Top 100 Albums in five years. Anchored by the mainstream rock hit “Lying,” the record featured a rejuvenated Frampton and nine solid tracks. He shared production duties with GRAMMY-nominated producer Pete Solley (the Romantics, Motörhead, Oingo Boingo) and was joined by such highly regarded musicians as Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Richard Cottle (Alan Parsons Project), and Omar Hakim (Sting, David Bowie). After Premonition’s release, Frampton joined his friend David Bowie on the latter’s 1987 album Never Let Me Down and its ensuing Glass Spider Tour, another step in his reintroduction to the masses.
Frampton capped off a successful mid-’80s with his tenth studio release, 1989’s When All The Pieces Fit. The album hit the Billboard Top 200, following in the wake of 1986’s Premonition.
Co-helming the project with Chris Lord-Alge (Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks), Frampton also brought in some new song collaborators, notably the Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde and John Regan. Regan, who’d worked with Frampton since 1979, was also a member of Frehley’s Comet and played on records by Billy Idol, Bonnie Tyler and others. The album’s first single, “Holding On to You,” was co-written by Peter with GRAMMY, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winner Will Jennings (“Up Where We Belong,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Tears in Heaven”).
Other musicians on When All The Pieces Fit include Fourplay’s Nathan East, Steve Ferrone, and legendary percussionist Lenny Castro.
Now, originally released in 2003, was Frampton’s 12th studio release. Proclaiming “I’m Back,” he addressed his longest gap between releases, and offered up a seriously strong collection of material. From riff-filled rockers to shimmering ballads and instrumentals, Now was not only a culmination of what made Frampton a superstar, but showed he was far from done creating.
Frampton reached back into his history with Bob Mayo (who played in his Frampton Comes Alive! band) on keyboards, and found a new songwriting collaborator in George Kennedy, whose resume includes tracks recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, and a Song of the Year GRAMMY for Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.
In addition to Now’s ten originals, Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing cover of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which not only captures the emotion of the original, but confirms Frampton’s stature as a guitar giant.
All three reissues, which include liner notes from writer Scott Schinder based on new interviews with Frampton, are timed perfectly to coincide with Frampton’s first acoustic tour this fall.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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