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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Peter Frampton

℗ 2003 A & M Records B0000531

Peter Frampton • 2003 • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Unlike a great many of the entries in the 20th Century Masters series, there actually was a need for a good budget-priced Peter Frampton collection. Sadly, the disc's producers fumbled the ball by including the inferior album version of one of Frampton's biggest hits, "Baby, I Love Your Way," in lieu of the much better live version from the landmark Frampton Comes Alive! record. They did manage to include the live versions of "Show Me the Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do," but the fatal blow had already been administered. The disc is rounded out by Frampton's biggest hit, the cuddly "I'm in You" from 1977, five tracks from his '70s albums, including his pale cover of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," and the title track from 1981's Breaking All the Rules. If they had included the better version of "Baby, I Love Your Way," this disc would have been quite easy to recommend to stingy Frampton fans, but as it is, you might as well spend the extra couple of dollars and move up to 1996's Greatest Hits on A&M. — Tim Sendra.