Sunday, July 29, 2012

40 Year Itch: Wind of Change

For Peter Frampton's first solo album, post Humble Pie, he managed to get guest appearances from Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Klaus Voorman and Spooky Tooth's Mick Jones. Ringo and Klaus played with Peter on Harry Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson.

There's a cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" that doesn't work for me, but the rest of the album is full of very listenable, often lightweight rock'n'roll with mostly forgettable lyrics. (The unforgettable lyric for me is the title cut's  “God knows/I warn’t meant to do no cooking” just because, well, it's so bad.) But I like the album.

Four of the songs ( including "Jumpin' Jack Flash") made the Frampton Comes Alive album which famously sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone. Wind of Change was a more humble success, peaking at 177 in the Billboard album chart.   

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