Frampton Comes Alive: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Frampton Comes Alive: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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by Peter Frampton
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2001
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0606949056322
catalogNumber:
490563
Rank:
26149

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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
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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Frampton Comes Alive! 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look, it's a great album. BUT check out the TWO CD version, RE-RE-Mastered for the 25th Anniversary. It sounds better, it has more music, and has wonderful liner notes. Nuff said, what's a few more bucks for a much better experience. Go there now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago