Peter Frampton releases stunning instrumental cover of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’

2 March 2021, 16:13 | Updated: 16 January 2024, 11:45

Peter Frampton and Bryan Ferry
Peter Frampton and Bryan Ferry. Picture: Youtube/Peter Frampton, Getty

By Cloe Lee

Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton and his band take on Roxy Music’s iconic track, 'Avalon', as the latest release from the forthcoming instrumental album, ‘Frampton Forgets the Words’.

Co-founder of the supergroup Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, has released another track from his latest instrumental album.

The song, a cover of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’, premiered on all digital streaming platforms, alongside a performance video that features his band jamming out to the 1982 classic.

Watch the video below:

Peter Frampton Band - Avalon

Released as a single, the original track itself reached number 13 in the UK charts, taken from Roxy Music’s album of the same name.

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Frampton’s reimagined version of the song remains true to Roxy Music’s original arrangement, with Frampton explaining: “The original is such a perfect piece of music.

“I really wanted to get as close to the vocal inflection as I could, and I think I almost did it! It’s a sexy kind of guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s vocal, and I’m very proud of it.”

The release follows on from an enchanting cover of Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’ which also features on his upcoming instrumental album ‘Frampton Forgets the Words’, out 23rd April.

Featured tracks include covers from artists that Frampton has both collaborated with and admired, including David Bowie and George Harrison.

Peter Frampton pictured playing alongside Bowie.
Peter Frampton pictured playing alongside Bowie. Picture: Getty

“This album is a collection of ten of my favourite pieces of music.” Frampton said.

“My guitar is also a voice and I have always enjoyed playing my favourite vocal lines that we all know and love. These tracks are my great band and me paying tribute to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to do and I really hope you enjoy it too.”

Following up from his Grammy award-winning instrumental LP Fingerprints, the album is highly anticipated, and expectations are high.

Full tracklisting for album Frampton Forgets The Words:

  1. If You Want Me to Stay (Sly and the Family Stone)
  2. Reckoner (Radiohead)
  3. Dreamland (Michel Colombier featuring Jaco Pastorius)
  4. One More Heartache (Marvin Gaye)
  5. Avalon (Roxy Music)
  6. Isn’t It a Pity (George Harrison)
  7. I Don’t Know Why (Stevie Wonder)
  8. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
  9. Loving the Alien (David Bowie)
  10. Maybe (Alison Krauss)

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