ARTIST: Peter Frampton
TITLE: Frampton’s Camel
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #110
SINGLES: All Night Long, Which Way the Wind Blows
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Lines on My Face, Do You Feel Like We Do
LINEUP: Peter Frampton, Mick Gallagher, Rick Wills, John Siomos
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second solo record from the former Humble Pie guitarist is blander and safer than his first, and was ignored just the same, especially in his native England.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Listening to the second Peter Frampton record (which he really wanted it to be a ‘group’, kind of like Joe Walsh and Barnstorm), you get the sense that he wanted to be a star, and to do that he wanted to play music that wouldn’t ruffle any feathers yet at the same time showcase some of his guitar playing.
Well, some of the guitar licks are nice, though a lot of the songs are keyboard based at their core, and his pleasant voice and demeanor won’t get anyone really upset. Yet, this is mostly a dull affair, except for the closing cut “Do You Feel Like We Do”, which actually may just because everyone knows that one from his hit.
I can’t really exile anything, because it’s just good enough, but I’m not throwing up any lighters or anything like that for this one. Safe, generic, FM rock for those mellow times.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Frampton wanted Frampton’s Camel to be a real group, but he played drums and keyboards on this album as well as his bandmates. Soon, the idea of a band would fall away.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: Wake me up in time for the last cut, please.