First of all, let's get some business out of the way. Peter Frampton. In the late 60s/early 70s he made a name for himself in his native United Kingdom with bands like Herd and Humble Pie. While Humble Pie had several songs that would garner some attention ("30 Days In The Hole" and a cover of Ashford and Simpson's "I Don't Need No Doctor"), they weren't part of the British Invasion that brought The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other such groups world-wide attention.
But Frampton made a huge splash in 1976 with a double live album Frampton Comes Alive! which gave us classic rock songs like "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Do You Feel Like We Do," and "Show Me The Way." Those and other tunes have made their way into many movie soundtracks in the years since their release. He has done a bit of acting along the way as well, most notably as Reg, the road manager for Humble Pie, in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. Okay. Now, forget about all that. Because this is a different Peter Frampton than you knew in the past.
Fingerprints is the title of his newest release and all the tracks on it are instrumentals. Think about that for a minute and it makes sense. What comes to my mind is not that it's odd for someone known as a guitar virtuoso in the pop music field to make this type of album, but why now, at this late date in a career that's lasted decades. "I've never done a complete collection of instrumentals," Frampton said in a recent press release. "This is something I've been needing to do for myself for a long time. This is the album I've been waiting my entire life to make."
The genesis for this record goes back to the early 1960s when Brit instrumental group The Shadows were big on the UK scene. Frampton started playing guitar at the age of four and even took classical lessons. But it wasn't until The Shadows hit that "I became addicted to the guitar," the press release further quoted him. "I wanted to play like them, so I got together with a couple of friends and formed a band that played every Shadows number. I can still play most of them."