Frampton Comes Alive: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's b-a-a-a-ck! The album that sustained album rock radio for most of the 1970s -- and sent Bic lighter stock through the roof -- has been remade, remodeled, and retooled for release in the new millennium. If you think you've heard it all before, you've got another thing coming. Yes, this version contains all the standards -- "Show Me the Way," "Do You Feel Like I Do," and so on -- but to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his rise from cult figure to arena-filler, Peter Frampton chose to retrofit the multi-platinum set with a passel of tunes dropped from the original release due to time constraints. These previously unreleased tracks run Frampton's stylistic gamut, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's b-a-a-a-ck! The album that sustained album rock radio for most of the 1970s -- and sent Bic lighter stock through the roof -- has been remade, remodeled, and retooled for release in the new millennium. If you think you've heard it all before, you've got another thing coming. Yes, this version contains all the standards -- "Show Me the Way," "Do You Feel Like I Do," and so on -- but to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his rise from cult figure to arena-filler, Peter Frampton chose to retrofit the multi-platinum set with a passel of tunes dropped from the original release due to time constraints. These previously unreleased tracks run Frampton's stylistic gamut, from a breezy run through the hook-laden "Nowhere's Too Far for My Baby" to the boogie-down guitar choogle of "White Sugar." Three of the four additions stem from the same series of shows that produced the original double album, while the newly unearthed disc closer, "Days Dawning," was recorded live at the famed Record Plant as part of a 1975 radio promotion. Tinkering with a classic is always dangerous -- remember "New Coke"? -- but sometimes the results outweigh the risks.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all of Universal's Deluxe Editions, Frampton Comes Alive has the least amount of bonus material. Perhaps that's because the album originally was a double record, so it isn't opened up over two discs the way Blind Faith and What's Goin' On are. Or perhaps it's because there just wasn't much to add to what's essentially a concert performance. Either way, there are just four extra tracks here: three worked into the sequence of the concert ("Just the Time of Year," "Nowhere's Too Far for My Baby," and "White Sugar"), with a radio performance of "Day's Dawning" added at the end. These are all nice additions for the hardcore, but changing the sequencing of the record changes its impact subtly, making it a little less addictive. So, this isn't quite appealing for the casuals, and doesn't quite have enough to make it absolutely necessary for diehards -- although, if they pick it up, they'll likely be quite satisfied by the first-class sound and beautiful packaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949056322
  • Catalog Number: 490563
  • Sales rank: 8,162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Frampton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Talk Box
Bob Mayo Organ, Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Stanley Sheldon Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Siomos Drums
Technical Credits
Peter Frampton Arranger, Composer, Producer, Remixing
Mick Jagger Composer
Mick Gallagher Composer
Chris Kimsey Engineer, Remixing
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Klaus Meine Composer
Keith Richards Composer
John Siomos Composer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Rick Wills Composer
Cameron Crowe Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Roland Young Art Direction
Rick Willis Composer
Michael Gallagher Composer
John McDermott Essay
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the all time greatest live albums!

    Growing up as a teenager in the 1970s, I have distinct memories of listening to Frampton's live album with my brother, friends, or by myself. There was something magical about Frampton's blend of rock, jazz, and acoustic guitar textures. Listening to the remastered version some 30 years later brings me back to happy memories of my childhood listening to music. The sound quality is impeccable, and the liner notes interesting. The bonus tracks are a nice add to the original album sequencing and extend the power and majesty of this album, one of the greatest live albums of all time.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What!? You dont have Frampton Comes Alive!?

    It's just one of the best albums of all time, get it, get it now before someone finds out you dont already have it! OK, a little tongue in cheak, but you really ought to have this album. You will be singing along!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Absolute Classic!

    I bought the original LP when it was released in 1976, and played it constantly. For nearly 25 years, I had forgotten about this amazing live album, one of the best, right up there with the Rolling Stones' "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!", The Who's "Live At Leeds" and Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains The Same". The remastered CDs are amazing! Peter was a veteran by the time FCA was released, having been a member of The Herd, Humble Pie and having released several solo albums. Unforunately, his career went into a nose-dive in the late '70s, which I always felt was sad. However, he's back and playing better than ever right now, which is fantastic! Peter is an amazing guitarist and the remastered "Frampton Comes Alive" is a must for fans of classic '70's Rock. The attention to detail here is really awesome, this is the ultimate remaster of any album from that era. I only wish "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!" would get a similar treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Live Rock n' Roll Album.

    All four musicians (Peter Frampton-guitar, vocals and talkbox, Bob Mayo-guitar, vocals, fender rhodes piano, organ and grand piano, Stanley Sheldon-fretless bass guitar and vocals, and John Siomos-drums) are world class arrangers and performers. In concert they are stunning! I bought FCA! in 1975 and saw PF at Chicago's Soldier Field in 1976. I agree with JC: we want to hear everything they recorded!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A ''must own''

    I have received numerous hours of enjoyment from Frampton music. And, of course this album is the best. I am only 31 -- too young to have enjoyed Peter Frampton the first time around and I only discovered him in 1987, but I am a true fan and I think he is without a doubt one of the best singer/songwriters of the decade. Live in Detroit is also great (the DVD actually) because you get to witness a true natural talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I agree with JC!

    Hey, it's a best seller, and likely always will be during our lifetime. It's been remastered, and REALLY SOUNDS GOOD, especially compared to the scratchy copy on vinyl (remember that, it was black and it melted on the back seat of the car in the sun?). There are the new tunes, and JC above is darn right, ''White Sugar'' is a lost Diamond (not just a gem) set in pure gold. This makes a great 40th birthday gift for anyone alive in the 70s. Pick it up and you will (still) wish you had hair as cute as Peter's was in those days!!! For his next birthday, how about we pitch in and give Peter another REAL hit album? Maybe even a STUDIO album. He needs it, and we need it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    White Sugar!

    FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE, the 25th Anniversary edition is finally THE copy of this album to own. Finally it is a TWO CD set; previous editons have been 1 CD, priced as if it were 2 (the original vinyl of course was 2 LPs, so the preception of value on a single CD). This new set has a great lost song, ''White Sugar'' that I wish were pressed as a single and would have been as big as ''Show Me The Way''. The new mastering is better than anything previous, but remember the recordings are all mid 70s, great for their age, OK? The only misgivings I have is the last tune, not with audience, tacked on at the end is no where near the recording the rest is, nor is it a great song. And there lies misgiving #2: there must have been more from the dozen or so shows the liner notes (which are excellent) say were recorded, that could have made this one LONG concert double CD (each CD now is less than 1 hour long, technology allows 80 min each). The other extra tunes are nice, and fit in really well, but any real Frampton Fan will really love ''White Sugar'' as it just hits you between more familiar material, and yet seems completely IN place. JC

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