Peter Frampton has had over 40 years too look back at how his late-'70s career quickly fell apart. The victim of bad career advice, the guitarist was the biggest solo star of 1976, but with the rushed followup of to Frampton Comes Alive!, coupled with his participation in 1978's disastrous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film — his career simply sailed away from him for a good decade.
Frampton gave a new, revealing interview to Mojo and took time to name and number his post-live album mistakes, recalling, “As much as I loved Herb (Alpert) and Jerry (Moss) and A&M Records — and that was the best label to be on, the nicest people, and they stuck with their artists — but after Comes Alive! hit, everyone had their own agenda. A&M’s new publishing building, they called it 'The Frampton Building' to my face. And A&M started profit sharing at that point. That’s why (1977's) I’m In You was released way too early. I really believe that. It had taken me six years to come up with the material that was on Comes Alive!. Now they wanted another album in six months. In hindsight I could’ve waited two, three, even four years. Because you’re only as good as your last record.”
Frampton remembers knowing that I'm In You was nowhere near as strong as it needed to be to follow the biggest selling live album of all time: “When I finished I’m In You, I came into the (A&M) offices and threw the two tape boxes on the sofa and said, 'That’s it. I don’t like it, but there it is.' I was not happy with it. That said, it still sold over three million. But if it had sold only one copy less than Comes Alive!, it would still have been a failure. There was nowhere to go but down.”