Frampton Comes Alive: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
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.