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“At one time, I assumed that all of the lead stuff was played by Peter Frampton, but I found out that a fair amount of it was Steve Marriot, especially on the song I Walk On Gilded Splinters. Marriot has a rougher, more raw tone than Frampton. The two of them together blew my mind.
“The guitars on Four Day Creep – those riffs are like Count Basie and Duke Ellington lines. Frampton and Marriot were copping that sort of thing and putting it on electric guitars with fairly rude distortion, and it was glorious.
“Frampton was doing Kenny Burrell-style licks at a time when everybody else was Albert King or BB King or Freddie King. I asked him about it, and he said, ‘Well, if those guys are valid, why isn’t somebody else?’ That really opened my ears up to other possibilities, stuff that might have been unorthodox but wound up sounding really great.
“Even when Frampton re-enters on I Don’t Need No Doctor, which is probably the lamest song on the record – it’s that ‘put-your-hands-in-the-air’ thing that we’ve heard so much – he has that forward-push approach that Duane Allman had. It rocked, but there’s a phrasing and a sensibility that was similar to some of the guys playing fusion and prog, like Steve Howe.”