‘I’m In You’ was typical of most his albums up to this point offering no surprises for long time fans, it’s Peter Frampton simply being himself and considering the pressure he was under after ‘Comes Alive’ the results could have been far worse.
Written by: Eric
ARTIST: Peter Frampton
ALBUM: I’m In You
SERIAL: SP 4704
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Peter Frampton – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, piano, arp, drums
Additional Musicians: Bob Mayo – guitars, keyboards, piano, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, arp, backing vocals * Stanley Sheldon – bass, backing vocals * John Siomos – drums, tambourine, cabassa * Stevie Wonder – harmonica * Richard Hayward – percussion * Ringo Starr – drums * Mike Finnegan – backing vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 I’m In You * 02 Putting My Heart On The Line * 03 St Thomas (Don’t You Know How I Feel) * 04 Won’t You Be My Friend * 05 You Don’t Have To Worry * 06 Tried To Love * 07 Rocky’s Hot Club * 08 I’m A Road Runner * 09 Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours
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Peter Frampton, the ‘Godfather’ of AOR? Indeed, Frampton’s contribution to the genre is immeasurable and with ‘Comes Alive’ the biggest selling live album of all time pushed AOR radio to a larger and lucrative audience. With ‘Comes Alive’ came massive stardom.
He was selling out Football Stadiums throughout the US, his boyish looks were on every magazine cover of the time while his posters out sold everyone with perhaps the exception of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Farrah Fawcett. He had become the face of the decade with the unenviable position of recording a follow-up album nearly two years after his last studio effort.
‘The title track opens the album with what truly is one of the most beautiful ballads of the era. On this song not only does Frampton play guitar, but also drums and ARP. The single was a massive hit which I am sure had the accountants at A&M breathing a collective sigh of relief.
‘(Putting My) Heart On The Line’ and ‘St. Thomas (Don’t You Know How I Feel)’ are classic Frampton highlighted by his dazzling fretwork. The album closes with two covers ‘(I’m A) Roadrunner’ and ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)’ and it’s on this song Frampton sounds remarkably like Steve Perry, but again it’s his amazing guitar work that elevates the song to another level.
Of course ‘I’m In You’ did far less for Frampton commercially as the shooting star began to fade away and a backlash ensued with both the press and general public. ‘I’m In You’ was typical of most his albums up to this point offering no surprises for long time fans. It’s Peter Frampton simply being himself and considering the pressure he was under after ‘Comes Alive’ the results could have been far worse.