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Frampton, Peter - 1989 When All The Pieces Fit

ARTIST: Frampton, Peter
ALBUM: When All The Pieces Fit
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 82030-2
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Peter Frampton - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, synths, sequencing, drum programming

Guests: B.A Robertson - guitars, vocals * Chris Lord Alge - synthesizer * Nathan East, John Regan - bass * Lenny Castro - percussion * John 'J.R' Robinson, Steve Ferrone - drums * Joe Dworkow - drum programming * Sam Riney - saxophone * Danny Wilde, Rick Willis, Jean McLain, Mark Williamson, Alfie Silas - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 More Ways Than One * 02 Holding On To You * 03 My Heart Goes Out To You * 04 Hold Tight * 05 People All Over The World * 06 Back To The Start * 07 Mind Over Matter * 08 Now And Again * 09 Hard Earned Love * 10 This Time Around


I remember buying the LP of this back in the day, and remarked at the time how good this was. Admittedly, I wasn't a great collector of Frampton's works (goodness.. I don't even own a copy of 'Frampton Comes Alive'!!), but I saw his name associated in the AOR genre, I thought it was time to investigate. Frampton really has delivered a collection of good LP's during the 80's. 'Breakin' All The Rules', 'The Art Of Control', 'Premonition' and this one of course, all prove that melody runs rife through this former Humble Pie alumni, and when lined up with a studio assembly as named above, then the result is bound to turn out good, and so it proves. Most of these songs were tried out first in Peter's home studios, and dolled up for the album in Los Angeles. It was Frampton's second album for Atlantic after his long and distinguished career with A&M, and the lessons learned from the 'Premonition' sessions would be bought into these sessions.

The Songs
I have to admit, 1989 was an excellent year for melodic rock, and as repeated in other reviews elsewhere on this site, I believe it to be the last great year of AOR and hard rock in general. Why that was, I have no idea. Certainly, the shadow of grunge was nowhere to be seen, audio and video mediums were strong, and musical ideas and production values were high. Frampton with his work on 'When All The Pieces Fit' proves that reasoning beyond doubt. The album is encased in great songs. There's not a dud here to be honest. From the cranky kick ass rock of 'Hold Tight', or the swelvt tones of 'Holding On To You ' with that familiar chorus 'I won't be letting go, I just started to hold on harder to you'.. Elsewhere, the album is pock marked with tremendous songs. The opener 'More Ways Than One', the Bryan Adams like 'Back To The Start', the big drum bashing of 'Mind Over Matter', the high-flying acoustic melodies of 'Now And Again'.. all great stuff.

In Summary
The only song to find a modicum of success was 'Holding On To You' which according to Wikipedia made it to #27 on the hot mainstream rock charts (a Billboard derived ranking) during 1989. It would prove to be the last of Frampton's albums for Atlantic, he would next find a home at Relativity Records for his self titled album from 1994. Still a going concern, Peter Frampton has a vast array of recordings, for those into the melodic rock side of things, all of his 80's albums are worthy of consideration. Check them out!

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#1 | dangerzone on August 14 2008 10:16:09
Good album, but 'Premonition' is his best AOR effort for me.
#2 | gdazegod on August 14 2008 10:40:00
Yep, Premonition' is good too, review to follow..
#3 | Eric on August 14 2008 18:52:04
This record is kind of a non-starter for me. Still prefer his earlier solos...
#4 | chewie on August 14 2008 20:02:24
I always thought that this one of his best studio albums. This is one that I can listen to all the way through, when in the right mood('Holding...' is the only song I skip). Come on, we all know that he always had a goofy song or two on each album and this one only had one that song I didn't like, 'Holding...', but it wasn't a goofy song it just doesn't appeal to me(when I am in the mood I don't skip it)... and I am a Frampton Fanatic!

I even picked up a copy of that promo Pre-Breaking The Rules album that had demo mixes, a live song and a song found no where else.

Premonition is a close second and Breaking... just atraight rocks!
#5 | chewie on August 14 2008 20:05:02
Good Grief! I cannot spell!

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