Peter Frampton has released his version of “Avalon,” the classic song originally released by Roxy Music in 1982. Frampton and his band stay true to the original arrangement in their rendition, layering lush synth, drums and bass sounds. The cover is entirely instrumental, with Frampton using his distinctive guitar sound instead of vocals.
“The original is such a perfect piece of music,” Frampton explained in a press release. “I really wanted to get as close as possible to the vocal inflection, and I think I almost made it! It’s a sexy guitar sound, like Bryan Ferry’s voice, and I’m very proud of it.
You can watch the Peter Frampton Band perform “Avalon” below.
The track is the latest version of Frampton forgets the words, the next LP from the great guitarist. The fully instrumental cover album finds Frampton rummaging through the material of many much-vaunted artists, including David Bowie, George Harrison, Sly & the Family Stone and Lenny Kravitz. The first single from the album, a rendition of Radiohead’s “Reckoner”, arrived in January.
“This album is a collection of 10 of my favorite music tracks,” the guitarist explained when announcing the release. “My guitar is a voice too, and I’ve always loved playing my favorite vocal lines that we all know and love. These songs are my great band and I pay homage to the original creators of this wonderful music. So much fun to make, and i really hope you enjoy it too.
Frampton forgets the words will be released on April 23 and is available for pre order now.