ARTIST: Peter Frampton
TITLE: Winds of Change
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: US #177
SINGLES: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Winds of Change
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: It’s a Plain Shame, All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side)
LINEUP: Peter Frampton, Frank Carillo, Andy Bown, Rick Wills, Mike Kellie. Billy Preston, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman appear on a track.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Jumping ship from Humble Pie, the congenial Frampton records an album that’s less on the boogie, more on the feel-good laid back guitar rock.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Peter Frampton took a risk in leaving Humble Pie. He was well respected in the business but everyone knew Humble Pie was about ready to strike it big, Frampton, though, didn’t want to boogie at max volume. He had a gentler way of rocking, and decided to go solo to pursue his muse.
This album fits right into that mode (and basically every album up to his monster Frampton Comes Alive fits as well). There’s some rock, but it’s restrained, and most of the album is made up of pleasant songs that feature more acoustic than electric guitar for the most part (but he’ll break off a guitar solo in the bridge without hesitation – like in “The Lodger”). His pleasant singing voice fits right into the mood of the songs.
The songs? Kind of lightweight, really. Nothing too special or challenging? The cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” has an intriguing arrangement, but it makes you want to hear the original more than this cover. At the time, I don’t think anyone expected much of Frampton’s solo career.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Andy Bown was with Frampton in the British band The Herd, who were semi-successful in the late 60’s before Frampton joined Humble Pie.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B. It’s a nice album, won’t bug anyone. However it didn’t really signal anything special was going to come later.