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 word 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" (31454-0930-2) 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.]
Performance CreditsPeter Frampton Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Talk Box
Bob Mayo Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes
Stanley Sheldon Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
John Siomos Drums
Technical CreditsPeter Frampton Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Chris Kimsey Engineer,Remixing
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Cameron Crowe Liner Notes
Roland Young Artwork,Art Direction
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
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Frampton Comes Alive! based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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!