Hear Peter Frampton cover Roxy Music’s “Avalon”

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The Peter Frampton Band have unveiled another tantalizing cut from their upcoming album, Frampton forgets the words. This time it’s a cover of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’ – the playful title track by their best-selling album of 1982.

“The original is such a perfect piece of music,” said Frampton in a report. “I really wanted to get as close as possible to the vocal inflection and I think I almost made it! It’s a sexy guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s voice, and I’m very proud of it. Along with the new track, Frampton shared an accompanying video, available to watch below:

Before “Avalon”, Frampton shared a cover of “Radiohead”Counter, from their 2007 LP In the rainbows. The artist called the richly orchestrated track a “tribute to Radiohead”, adding that “it has become something really special”.

Available April 23 via UMe, Frampton forgets the words finds the famous guitarist reinterpreting some of his favorite songs by his peers, heroes and good friends, including Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, George Harrison and Stevie Wonder. The instrumental album is the sequel to Frampton’s 2007 Grammy-winning LP, Fingerprints.

Frampton co-produced the album alongside longtime collaborator Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, George Strait) at his own Phenix studio in Nashville. Guitar enthusiasts will be especially delighted that Frampton’s infamous 1954 Les Paul Phenix – which was lost in a plane crash in 1980 and recovered over 30 years later – is featured throughout. Frampton forgets the words.

Of its upcoming release, the Grammy Hall of Fame winner said, “This album is a collection of ten of my favorite music tracks. My guitar is also a voice and I have always loved playing my favorite vocal lines that we all know and love. These tracks are my great group and I pay tribute to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to do and I really hope you enjoy it too.

Frampton forgets the words releases April 23. Pre-order it here.


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