Peter Frampton

Show Me the Way

Composed by Peter Frampton

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Peter Frampton's name is synonymous with two songs: "Baby I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way." They, along with "Do You Feel Like We Do," were the monster hits from his commercial breakthrough, Frampton Comes Alive, and both were originally featured on his fourth studio album, 1974's Frampton. In a way, they were two sides of the same coin, both love songs about "the Way," which wasn't some Tao of Peter thing, but rather what he loved about his love. Since it was the ballad, "Baby, I Love Your Way" wound up being the standard, getting covered many times, but it was actually the smallest hit on the three Frampton Comes Alive singles. The biggest was "Show Me the Way," and it still brings back the heady thrills of 1976 when Frampton Comes Alive was a phenomenon. A large portion of the nostalgia has to do with his heavy use of talk box on the track -- in memory, it feels like he speaks through his guitar nearly as much as he sings -- but if that's all that it was, it wouldn't have been a hit in 1976 and it wouldn't remain a favorite of album rock fans of all ages. The reason why "Show Me the Way" endures is that it's a veritable cavalcade of hooks with the guitars and vocal melodies fighting for space, and all the while they both make indelible impressions. This is that rare song where the verse melody is catchier than the chorus, and the whole thing is memorable after a spin simply because the hooks are so insanely catchy. "Show Me the Way" isn't a deathless pop song -- it certainly is tied to its era -- but it's undeniably fun and easily the best pure pop song Frampton recorded during his teen idol phase.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1974 Universal Special Products 0:00
Classics, Vol. 12 1989 A&M 4:35
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:36
Guitar Rock [Time-Life] 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:32
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Shine On: A Collection 1992 A&M 4:40
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 14: Kings of Rock 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
Peter Frampton 1994 Sony Music Distribution 3:18
Mahner Rock 1994
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:32
Even More Dazed & Confused 1994
Various Artists
Medicine 4:40
KKRW: All Rock Classics, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 4:36
KRRW: All Rock Oldies, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 4:36
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande
KCBS: All Rock Oldies, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 4:36
KRFP: All Rock Oldies, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 4:36
WARW: All Rock Classics, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Varese 4:36
Greatest Hits 1996 A&M 4:37
AM Gold: 1976 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:36
Hard Rock Cafe: Classic Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:35
Shows the Way 1998 Karussell 3:36
Startrax 1998 Import 4:03
Greatest Rock: All-Time Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:35
The Very Best of Peter Frampton 1998 A&M 4:40
Tigger.Mania 1998 Disney 3:58
Guitar Rock: Guitar Thunder 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:35
The '70s, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:08
The 70s 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:08
Pure 70's 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:39
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:36
Anthology & 10 Year Anniversary 2000 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 4:38
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the '70s 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:40
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:35
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:39
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:35
The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Peter Frampton 2001 Universal Distribution / A&M 3:35
Guitar Rock: Power Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:35
Anthology: The History of Peter Frampton 2001 A&M 4:39
All Music Guide: Classic Rock 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:42
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: 32 Guitar Ballads 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:34
Rock This 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:34
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Peter Frampton 2003 A&M 4:41
Rock 'N' Roll's Greatest Hits 70's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:08
Gold 2005 A&M 4:35
The Best of Peter Frampton: Green Series 2008 Universal Distribution 4:35
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock 2008
Various Artists
Capitol 4:34
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Very Best Of 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:33
The Best of 1976: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
20th Century Masters
Legends of Rock 2009 A&M / Universal Distribution / Universal
70s [Universal] 2009
Various Artists
Gold Classic Hits Radio / Universal Music 3:34
Best of Peter Frampton 2009 Universal Distribution / Universal Music Canada 4:37
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 3:35
Latest & Greatest: Soft Rock Ballads 2013
Various Artists
USM Media 3:17
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music 4:39
NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1970's 2014
Various Artists
Universal 4:37
Throwback Tunes: Classic Rock 2017
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:39
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 4:03
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:37
Body By Jake: Randy Couture Workout Mix
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:40
Don’t Quit Music Presents: Randy Couture’s Workout Mix Volume 1 ((Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs)
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:40
No Image
Original Soundtrack
A&M
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 4:35
Rock Album,  Vol. 1 [Arcade]
Various Artists
Arcade Music
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:36
The U2 Jukebox: The Songs that Inspired the Band
U2
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 4:29