7 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hummingbird in a Box was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, and it found Peter Frampton joining again with coproducer Gordon Kennedy. Together, they won a GRAMMY® Award for Fingerprints for Best Pop Instrumental Album. They composed these seven songs, with Frampton adding some of his finest and most personal vocals to date. Hardcore fans surely aren’t surprised by Frampton’s versatile talents or his electric and acoustic guitar playing, which led to his teenage success with The Herd and following through with Humble Pie and a solo career that climaxed commercially in the mid-’70s with Frampton Comes Alive!. Songs here such as the title track, “The One in 901,” “Heart to My Chest," and “Shadow of My Mind” capture an introspective Frampton who has lived several lifetimes' worth of antics and life lessons. Due to his increased instrumental work, the guitar playing throughout Hummingbird has the feel of a man making conscious choices while also letting his improvisatory sense guide him.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hummingbird in a Box was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, and it found Peter Frampton joining again with coproducer Gordon Kennedy. Together, they won a GRAMMY® Award for Fingerprints for Best Pop Instrumental Album. They composed these seven songs, with Frampton adding some of his finest and most personal vocals to date. Hardcore fans surely aren’t surprised by Frampton’s versatile talents or his electric and acoustic guitar playing, which led to his teenage success with The Herd and following through with Humble Pie and a solo career that climaxed commercially in the mid-’70s with Frampton Comes Alive!. Songs here such as the title track, “The One in 901,” “Heart to My Chest," and “Shadow of My Mind” capture an introspective Frampton who has lived several lifetimes' worth of antics and life lessons. Due to his increased instrumental work, the guitar playing throughout Hummingbird has the feel of a man making conscious choices while also letting his improvisatory sense guide him.

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About Peter Frampton

Though forever enshrined as the fair-haired boy of 1976’s Frampton Comes Alive!, English singer/guitarist Peter Frampton (born in Kent in 1950) had, by that point, already spent a decade putting in work. He started as a member of psychedelic journeymen The Herd at age 16, joined blues-rockers Humble Pie by 18, and played on sessions with the likes of George Harrison and Harry Nilsson. So maybe it shouldn't surprise anyone that Frampton Comes Alive! was the biggest-selling album ever at that time: Anchored by “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do” (featuring his memorable talk-box guitar solo), it's at once virtuosic and casual, exploratory and lived-in—a perfect synthesis of rock, pop, and technological innovation that also anthologizes his best songs. After a series of lulls during the late '70s, Frampton reinvigorated his career, playing alongside his childhood friend David Bowie on his 1987 album, Never Let Me Down, and its corresponding Glass Spider Tour. With a great sense of humor and perspective on his legacy—he quipped to CBS in 2012, “You know you’re on the radio too much when even you change the channel”—Frampton went on to play himself on The Simpsons and The Family Guy while continuing to bring his electrifying energy to the stage, touring in 2018 with fellow ’70s rock powerhouse Steve Miller.

HOMETOWN
Beckenham, England
GENRE
Rock
BORN
April 22, 1950

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