Watch The Peter Frampton Band Cover Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon,’ from ‘Frampton Forgets The Words’ Out 4/23

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On April 23, The Peter Frampton Band will release Frampton Forgets The Words, an instrumental covers album that finds the guitar legend tackling songs originally made famous by a number of acts spanning styles and genres.

The latest song debuted from the record finds Frampton and his colleagues joining forces on a captivating rendition of Roxy Music’s “Avalon,” the band’s 1982 single and title track from its eighth and final studio album.

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Here’s their new video:

“The original is such a perfect piece of music,” explained Peter Frampton in a statement about the decision to cover it for Frampton Forgets The Words. “I really wanted to get as close to the vocal inflection as I could, and I think I almost did it! It’s a sexy kind of guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s vocal, and I’m very proud of it.”

Here is that original version, for comparison:

“Avalon” is the second single released ahead of the new record from the Peter Frampton Band, the first being a take on Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” from 2007’s In Rainbows record:

Fully a showcase of Frampton’s classic guitar chops, Frampton Forgets The Words is a collection of some of Frampton’s personal favorite songs.

“This album is a collection of ten of my favorite pieces of music,” he said in a statement. “My guitar is also a voice and I have always enjoyed playing my favorite vocal lines that we all know and love. These tracks are my great band and me paying tribute to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to do and I really hope you enjoy it too.”

The album was recorded in Nashville and co-produced by Frampton and Chuck Ainlay, and features his trusty 1954 Les Paul Phenix — the guitar famously lost by Frampton in a 1980 plane crash and recovered 30 years later.

Other artists covered by the Peter Frampton Band on the album include George HarrisonStevie WonderDavid BowieLenny Kravitz, and more.

Here’s the track listing:

1. If You Want Me To Stay (Sly Stone cover)
2. Reckoner (Radiohead cover)
3. Dreamland (Michel Colombier ft. Jaco Pastorius cover)
4. One More Heartache (Marvin Gaye cover)
5. Avalon (Roxy Music cover)
6. Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison cover)
7. I Don’t Know Why (Stevie Wonder cover)
8. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz cover)
9. Loving The Alien (David Bowie cover)
10. Maybe (Alison Krauss cover)

This release comes as Frampton continues to deal with the progressive muscle disease IBM (inclusion body myositis). In a 2019 interview with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate, Frampton discussed the disease and its effects:

“There will be a point over the next few years where I won’t be able to play, at least at this level. So that’s not a nice thought, obviously, but being that I’ve learnt so much, and hopefully gained wisdom along the way, I’ll find new things to do.”

In a follow-up interview from October 2020, Frampton updated his battle with IBM:

“Well, it’s progressing. That’s all I’ll say, really. It goes through plateaus and progressions, and right now I’m in a progressive stage. I’ve already gone down from nines to eights (gauge strings) on my guitar now, which is what I used to play, anyway.”

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