Peter Frampton

A Day in the Sun

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To quite a few rock fans, Peter Frampton seemingly fell off the face of the earth after his mega-hit Frampton Comes Alive! set. But hardcore Frampton fans know that the singer/guitarist has been touring consistently and issuing albums on a semi-regular basis all along, including 1994's A Day in the Sun. At various times in his career, Frampton has attempted obvious stabs at mainstream hits, and while the material on A Day in the Sun is as melodic as ever, it proves to be one of Frampton's strongest solo studio efforts in quite some time. Lending a hand is Journey keyboardist/songwriter Jonathan Cain, as well as one of the last-ever appearances on record by Frampton's former bandmate in Humble Pie, the late great Steve Marriott, on the album standout, "Out of the Blue." Frampton (who has long been one of rock's most overlooked guitarists) gets to show off his six-string skills on the bluesy album-opening title track, as well as on the rocking instrumental "Off the Hook" and the acoustic ditty "Young Island." If you've lost track of Frampton over the years, A Day in the Sun is certainly not a bad album to get reacquainted with him.

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