Frampton was introduced to the talk box effect while working with Harrison on All Things Must Pass. Perhaps the most impressive part of that statement is that Harrison had chosen Frampton to work on that wonderful and expansive post-Beatle solo album. Frampton had just turned twenty and was enjoying great success with his role in Humble Pie and his many session dates with the likes of Harry Nilsson, John Entwistle, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The nod from Harrison simply added to his great charge forward, especially as a visiting guitarist on the Beatles lead guitarist’s triple album. Impressive.
Do You Feel Like We Do?
And that is one of the more interesting aspects of Frampton’s career. His most famous encounter with the Beatles, the remake of Sgt Pepper’s, did not go so well. We’ll focus on the talk box. He, first of all, used the effect to good purpose on Frampton Comes Alive! While there are some clearly Beatlesque moments on Frampton Comes Alive! and in his other work, the talk box may be his most successful and memorable influence from a Beatle. Frampton and the talk box are forever entwined thanks to one of its best utterances, “Do You Feel Like We Do?” from 1976’s Frampton Comes Alive! , a fourteen minute plus talk box opus .
Thanks Frampton, Harrison, and all that led to the stunning conclusion of that amazing live album. You need an attention span—and it is certainly not prog-rock medievalism, unicorn-jazz—to enjoy what Frampton did with his guitar and his voice, and his talk box—his gift from a Harrison encounter.