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Frampton Comes Alive!
     

Frampton Comes Alive!

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

Overview

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 - Bruce Eder
At the time of its release, Frampton Comes Alive! was an anomaly, a multi-million-selling (mid-priced) double LP by an artist who had previously never burned up the charts with his long-players in any spectacular way. The biggest-selling live album of all time, it made Peter Frampton a household name and generated a monster hit single in "Show Me the Way." And the reason why is easy to hear: the Herd/Humble Pie graduate packed one hell of a punch on-stage -- where he was obviously the most comfortable -- and, in fact, the live versions of "Show Me the Way," "Do You Feel Like I Do," "Something's Happening," "Shine On," and other album rock staples are much more inspired, confident, and hard-hitting than the studio versions. [The 1999 reissue in A&M's Remastered Classics series is a considerable improvement over the original double CD or double LP in terms of sound -- the highs are significantly more lustrous, the guitars crunch and soar, and the bottom end really thunders, and so you get a genuine sense of the power of Frampton's live set, at least the heavier parts of his set, rather than the compressed and flat sonic profile of the old double-disc version. Frampton and the band sound significantly closer as well, even on the softer songs such as "Wind of Change," and the disc is impressive listening even a quarter century later. Of course, one must take this all with a grain of salt as a concert document -- as was later revealed, there was considerable studio doctoring of the raw live tapes, a phenomenon that set the stage for such unofficial hybrid works as Bruce Springsteen's Live/1975-85 and countless others.] [This version of the album includes DVD audio and bonus video material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498614525
catalogNumber:
000176519

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction/Somethin's Happening
  2. Doobie Wah
  3. Lines On My Face
  4. Show Me The Way
  5. It's A Plain Shame
  6. Wind Of Change
  7. Just The Time Of Year
  8. Penny For Your Thoughts
  9. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)
  10. Baby, I Love Your Way
  11. I Wanna Go To The Sun

Disc 2

  1. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby)
  2. (I'll Give You) Money
  3. Do You Feel Like We Do
  4. Shine On
  5. White Sugar
  6. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  7. Day's Dawning
  8. Baby, I Love Your Way
  9. Show Me The Way
  10. Do You Feel Like We Do

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
Keith Richards   Composer
John Siomos   Composer
Ray Thompson   Engineer
Rick Wills   Composer
Cameron Crowe   Liner Notes
Shari Young   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Roland Young   Art Direction
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Paul Bishow   Executive Producer
John McDermott   Essay

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