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Shine on - A Collection
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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A good overview but with some glaring omissions
Hindburn | Church Stretton, Shropshire, England | 08/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Whatever happened to Peter Frampton?' is a question which has no doubt been asked by more than a few who recall his meteoric rise to fame with his live album in 1976. His descent into obscurity was almost as fast, but Frampton was certainly no flash in the pan and this compilation covering nearly 20 years of solo recording demonstrates how his song writing and distinctive lead guitar work developed over that time. There are many quality tracks included, as well as two previously unreleased collaborations with former colleague Steve Marriott, made just before his untimely death.It's understandable that Frampton's better known first five albums are better represented than those from the late 1970s and the 80s, since after 1977 his success rapidly declined. So whilst for dedicated fans it would be nice for more material from these later albums to have been included, the constraints of 2 CDs must be accepted. At least they're stuffed full, with about 75 minutes of music on each disc. Peter gives a brief commentary on all the material in the booklet, which has several interesting archive photos.What is very unfortunate, however, is that 14 precious minutes of the 'Shine on' compilation are given over to the rambling 'Do you feel like we do' - yes it was good live, but when space was limited it should not have been included here, as it caused several other shorter tracks to be left out. Some of the other selections are pretty questionable too, with several run of the mill rock tracks like 'It's a plain shame' being included at the expense of more interesting and melodic songs from the same time period such as 'Fig tree bay' and 'One more time'. And perhaps the most glaring omission of all - 'Waterfall', which along with the live version of 'Lines on my face' (also excluded in favour of the weaker studio version) was one of the most lyrical examples of Peter's lead guitar work.If you only want a good general overview of Frampton's work, this is the best compilation available. However, for the dedicated fan the individual early albums, now recently re-released in remastered form, are essential. Even so, there is still a place for this album since a small number of tracks are not otherwise available on CD at present."
James Choma | 03/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In a career with as many ups and downs as Peter Frampton - it's hard to pick everybody's favorite to include on one album. In this case, the archivists did a very good job pulling tunes from a career that has spawned almost four decades. My only reservation for not giving the album five stars was its exclustion of any "The Art of Control" songs. The B Side to "Sleepwalk," "Nivarm's Song" is included, but why the rest of the album didn't make its way on is a mystery.Since most of Frampton's work is not on CD - this is a good alternative to add to your collection."
This is one of the better collections out
Blast O'Malley | Dallas, TX United States | 08/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was given the previous one, The Very Best, and it wasn,t. There are a lot of songs that Peter does a great job on that the radio didn't pick-up on. He has always had some gems tucked in amongst the the grooves. This has more songs and a better cross section of material. Of course, when the individual albums (cd)get released, that will be an answer to everybody's prayers. This would be in my top-10 got to have."