PETER FRAMPTON is mostly knows for his seventies hits, however during the next decade the British released a bunch of very good albums, being the AOR oriented 'Premonition' my favorite, and also 'When All The Pieces Fit', already presented HERE.
But there's a 'black sheep' in his '80s discography: the 1982's "The Art Of Control". Perhaps because it's mentioned by Frampton itself as his least favorite own album, the record never was issued on CD until 2008.
This happened in Japan with this remastered SHM-CD which sounds superb, packaged in a paper sleeve reproducing the original LP artwork.
According to Peter, his record company forced him to make a commercial, radio-friendly album that he felt didn't sound like a 'Peter Frampton album'. I respect his thoughts, but for me "The Art Of Control" is great.
Great because it's totally '80s. Just take a look at the artwork cover: is it there something more '80s than that?
Produced by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin, Kiss), the intention was to craft a bunch of rockers easy to the ear. These songs are a cross between a young Rick Springfield, Billy Squier and Eddie Money, while sonically at places reminds me Ace Frehley's / Kiss album, not strange as Krammer produced it as well.
"The Art Of Control" is fun and typically Eighties, and I like it a lot. My wasted vinyl is a proof of it.
01 - I Read The News
02 - Sleepwalk
03 - Save Me
04 - Back To Eden
05 - An Eye For An Eye
06 - Don't Think About Me
07 - Heart In The Fire
08 - Here Comes Caroline
09 - Barbara's Vacation
Peter Frampton - vocals, guitar, keyboards, guitar synth
Mark Goldenberg - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
John Regan - bass
Harry Stinson - drums
Ian Lloyd, John Dworkow - background vocals
Eddie Kramer - background vocals, producer
PETER FRAMPTON The Art Of Control SHM-CD