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I'm In You, Peter Frampton, 1977
Peter Frampton will almost always be associsated with the million seller 'Frampton Comes Alive!' live album from 1976. 'Show Me the Way' is perhaps the most well known song from that album and included the use of a vocoder, a way of turning Frampton's voice into an instrument, giving it a wah-wah sound. Frampton became a massive star, even a pin-up at the time but following the enormity of Framnpton Comes Alive he found himself in an almost impossible task of following it up with a live album, hence I'm In You.
I'm In You is not an album you really want to display in your CD collection for very long. Its album cover plays upon Frampton's new found pin up status, but glossed over his actual talent - which he certainly had at the time. Heres my opinion. He looks a little like Lee Mead who won that stupid Technicolour Dreamcoat programme a couplke of years ago - he even is sporting the same sort of garment!
Quite amusingly tomflint and I have seen Peter Frampton live when he supported Deep Purple a few years back. There were some quite annoying middle aged people behind us shouting stuff like 'Do it! Like off the record! Take me back to 1973!' whenever Frampton used his vocoder.
This album would sit very comfortably on the record shelf of anyone from 1977, but it sits very uncomfortably on anyone's CD shelf in 2010. What people don't realise is actually how good the song writing is, it must have been good enough for people like Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Ringo Starr to jump aboard the Frampton bandwagon and lend their talents to the album.
'I'm In You' is the best song on the album by far and is very memorable. Never a really hard rocking album at all, it can be compared quite favourably to the more rockier elements of someone like Cliff Richard or David Essex (and I'm not denigrating him for that, as they both produced some decent songs).
'Putting My Heart on the Line' also tries to replicate the live sound from Frampton Comes Alive and uses the vocoder throughout. It is about as far removed from modern music as you possibly can get, so if you like 70's rock, this will probably be right up your street.
The rest of the album is pretty lightweight and perfunctory, but in its own way fun and enjoyable. Frampton also covers 'I'm A Roadrunner ' and 'Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours) towards the end of the album and work quite well in his own style.
In conclusion then, I'm In You won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you like mid-70's melodic rock then you might well want to give it a spin.
Amusingly Frank Zappa ridiculed the title track from this album by recording 'I Have Been In You' taking the mickey out of the suggestiveness of the lyrics.
1. "I'm in You" - 4:10
2. "(Putting My) Heart On The Line" - 3:42
3. "St. Thomas (Don't You Know How I Feel)" - 4:15
4. "Won't You Be My Friend" - 8:10
5. "You Don't Have To Worry" - 5:16
6. "Tried To Love" - 4:27
7. "Rocky's Hot Club" - 3:25
8. "(I'm A) Road Runner" - 3:40 (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
9. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" - 3:54 (Lee Garrett, Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright)