An Enduring Favorite
Michael B McNeil | St. Augustine, FL | 09/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since purchasing this album on vinyl 29 years ago it remains one of my all-time favorites. We all own discs that for some reason we never tire of. The music remains just as fresh and exciting as the first time we listened to it. "Wind of Change is certainly one of mine. One of the main reasons Pete left Humble Pie in 1970 was because he thought their music was taking too much of a hard edge, heavy course. Pete proves on this disc that he could create memorable, softer tunes (eg: Lady Lieright, Hard ), yet still rock it out as he did with The Pie (eg: Plain Shame, JJF). As always his fluid, impeccable guitar work on his Les Paul is outstanding. (He was THE guitar player for the Pie)!!If you want to hear PF at his solo career peak, I urge you to take a good listen to this disc along with Camel and Something's Happening. I'm ecstatic that these albums have finally been released on CD. The 3 of them are truly classics!! Besides, that 29 year old vinyl album has just about worn through!!"
Frampton's interesting and varied debut solo album
Hindburn | Church Stretton, Shropshire, England | 07/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Released in 1972, this was Peter Frampton's first solo album after several years as a band member, and with the use of strings, flutes and marimba on the opening track he was perhaps making a statement that he intended to move away from the heavy blues-rock of Humble Pie. The album unfolds with an interesting mixture of R&B, acoustic guitar-based soft rock, and gentle ballads, and many of the songs have interesting arrangements and catchy melodies. In the lively version of 'Jumping Jack Flash' there is a hint of what was to come on the 1976 'Comes alive' album, although 'All I want to be', which was done as a brief solo spot on the live album here appears as a much more satisfying 6:25 long band version, with extended guitar solos. This long-awaited remastered CD reveals numerous details which were not too clear on the original vinyl LP, not least the lyrics of some songs, whilst also tending to reveal the limitations of Frampton's voice and the simplicity (by today's standards) of the production. However, this is no problem; 'Wind of change' is an enjoyable album and it certainly established the artist's distinctive style and signalled his potential for the future."
A review of Peter Frampton's Wind of Change
Hindburn | 09/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a lovely set of studio recordings with Frampton's distinctive style. Though obscured by the pupularity of FCO, this is a winner. If you missed out on it the first time around, don't miss it this time."