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Peter Frampton understands CD+ quality downloads

Posted 14th May 2010 by Michael Osborn

Peter Frampton was the lead singer and guitarist for the Herd when he was just a lad of 16, and a couple of years later he co-founded Humble Pie. That band's "Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore" is one of the best live hard-rock albums ever. But most of you probably know him best for his solo work, and one of the top-selling concert albums of all time, "Frampton Comes Alive." A true classic.

The man is really into sound, and sound quality. Most of the instruments and amplifiers used on the album date from the 1960s, because Frampton thinks they sound better than new ones. "Churchill" was recorded at his home studio in Cincinnati.

That said, he's not stuck in the past--the technology used to record "Churchill" is contemporary--and Frampton had a hand in engineering the album. He insisted on capturing the music in 24 bit/96 kHz high-resolution audio. With all that went into making "Churchill" sound so good, Frampton was genuinely concerned that some people might be listening to it in (MP3) 128 or 256 kbps downloads. They'll be missing a lot.

That's why he sought out HDtracks, a music download site that sells CD- and better-than-CD-quality downloads (1,411.2 kbps and 4,608 kbps respectively). Such a shame HDtracks only sell downloads in the USA. If you're into vinyl "Churchill" is available on LP. Full interview by Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com The Audiophiliac, May 15, 2010. {{ BRAND_NAME_HTML }} will see if it can arrange wider availability of the download option for the rest of the world!

, The Audiophiliac, CNET.com

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