Peter Frampton has stated that on his upcoming farewell tour, his setlists will spotlight several rarities that haven’t been played in ages — or possibly never before. Last week, Frampton revealed he’s suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called Inclusion-Body Myositus, that slowly weakens the body’s muscles, and that the upcoming dates will possibly be the final time he’s still playing at the top of his game.
The Frampton fan community has been excitedly speculating at what material the Grammy Award-winner might dig up — with many fans eager to hear selection from Frampton’s vastly underrated first album of the ’80s — the 1981 classic Breaking All The Rules. The album, which was released on May 14th, 1981, only got as far as Number 43, is notable for a return to a hard rock sound following the softer touch of 1979’s Where I Should Be and 1977’s I’m In You. Among the backing musicians on the set were Toto co-founders Steve Lukather on guitar and Jeff Porcaro on drums. Among the many highlights on the album was the title track — co-written by Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid, and a red hot cover of the Easybeats’ 1965 hit, “Friday On My Mind.”
Breaking All The Rules was co-produced by David Kershenbaum, who’s been behind the boards for classic albums by such artists as Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, Bryan Adams, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Laura Branigan, New Order, Supertramp, Cat Stevens, Marshall Crenshaw, and Tori Amos, among others.
Kershenbaum recalled the sessions, which were held on a soundstage in L.A. at the A&M Records lot, along with Manhattan’s Mediasound throughout 1980 and ’81: “I remember those sessions being really magical. I do remember working quite a bit at Media (Sound in New York City), Jeff Porcaro was playing drums and of course, he was a monster. As I remember it, we started it on the soundstage at A&M. And I remember I was in my office where I had my system; I had a video hookup and an audio hookup to the stage.”
For Kershenbaum, beyond making a great album together, he told us Breaking All The Rules solidified a nearly 40-year-friendship: “I have the greatest respect for Peter. We became really good friends. One summer, I actually stayed in his place in update New York and worked on songs and things like that. That was some fond memories. He’s just a wonderful spirit, y’know? And a great player, he’s one of the great guitar players, I think. But wow, we had so much fun making that.”
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