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Frampton Comes Alive [Live]

Peter FramptonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: A & M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction / Something's Happening
2. Doobie Wah
3. Show Me The Way
4. It's A Plain Shame
5. All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)
6. Wind Of Change
7. Baby, I Love Your Way
8. I Wanna Go To The Sun
Disc: 2
1. Introduction / Penny For Your Thoughts
2. (I'll Give You) Money
3. Shine On
4. Jumping Jack Flash
5. Lines On My Face
6. Do You Feel Like We Do

Editorial Reviews

Frampton Comes Alive! jettisoned Peter Frampton out of relative commercial obscurity into the bankrolls of success. The album sold millions on the strength of two melodic singles--the rocking "Show Me the Way," and the slower, romantic "Baby I Love Your Way." In traditional 1970s form, the double album also had the prerequisite concert signature song. In Frampton's case it was the lengthy "Do You Feel Like We Do." Introducing Frampton's "talking guitar"--which was nothing but a primitive version of a voice modulator--the song became his calling card, complete with his marathon guitar solo and big rock ending. There's also an iffy version of the Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash," that is basically disposable. In terms of "sides," the double album manages to turn in at least one and a half sides essential to Frampton's rock and roll legacy. The rest is mediocre at best. --Steve Gdula

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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 70s touchstone April 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For some reason, I feel compelled to start this review off with a few comments from someone else's. Following is a review of the previous CD release of Frampton Comes Alive:
"This album is so 70s that to listen to it would risk opening a time portal back to the days of afros, bellbottoms and - shudder - arena rock! Frightening, eh? Okay, this WAS the biggest selling album of all time at one point, and it DID get tons of exposure on FM radio all over the world. But it was totally PLAYED OUT by 1979! To be caught dead with this disc in your collection then - even moreso NOW - would be an invitation to the worst kind of (deserved) ridicule. The fact that this anachronism has made it onto the compact disc format is astonishing."
Hmm. What's funny is that everything this person said about this CD is the very reason I bought it. I've been tempted to buy it for years, but everytime I picked it up, I hesitated and put it back. Guess I wasn't ready to step through that "portal - back to the days of afros, bellbottoms and arena rock!." But then I saw the 25th anniversary edition on sale and decided to grab it. Guess enough time had passed for me.
The point is, this is a set of live music that does indeed teleport you to a specific time and place. How many recordings can do that so successfully? Whether or not you're a fan of 70s music is really beside the point. Listening to Frampton Comes Alive, you can close your eyes and almost relive those concerts of yore - the sights, the sounds, the people.... Where it was general admission seating and huge mushroom clouds of pot smoke always formed at the top of the venues. Sometimes the music itself was irrelevant. It was about the experience.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great album - now it's even better January 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can you possibly say about this album that hasn't already been said? A&M just released a new 'deluxe edition' of the album in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, complete with all-new packaging and four unreleased bonus tracks. For those of you who may not already be familiar with this record, I'll give you a little background on the musical phenomenon called Frampton Comes Alive.
The original plan was for it to be a single album. Five songs. Somehow, in retrospect, it just doesn't seem right. There were so many great tracks on this album, there's no possible way it could be edited down like that. Frampton invited A&M co-founder Jerry Moss to come down to Electric Lady Studios to preview the album. The first words out of Moss' mouth were "where's the rest?"
With Moss' blessing for a double album, Frampton went back out on the road to record more dates. Once the tour was over, Frampton went back to Electric Lady Studios to mix the album with Chris Kimsey. After everything was ready to go, he played the new version for several of his trusted friends and confidants. One of these friends was Rolling Stone music critic, Cameron Crowe. "Cameron was beaming from ear to ear," recalled Frampton. "He felt every track was better than the one that had come before it."
Now that the finished album was in the hands of the record company, it was time for a vacation. When he returned ten days later, things were already beginning to take off. Concerts were selling out, sales records were being shattered, and the album had the top spot on the Billboard chart for ten weeks straight--eventually surpassing Carole King's 'Tapestry' as the best selling album of all time.
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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Memories January 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ahhhhhh...1976...America was celebrating its 200th birthday, Farah Fawcett hairdos were all the rage, everyone wore either pooka shells or a mood ring (or both) and this album was EVERYWHERE.

I was eleven years old.

I remember sitting in the garage of my aunt's house listening to this album with my significantly older cousins. We'd have the garage door shut and Mike would light incense so that his mom, my aunt wouldn't smell the.....uhm, the biscuits that we were baking, in the garage...well, maybe it wasn't biscuits, but something was getting baked.

I just remember shutting my eyes while the music was going and feelung like everything was just this weird and wonderful dream. The music just kept on going and going even though I knew that my cousin periodically pulled himself up from the avocado colored beanbag he was sitting on to change the record. This music just seemed to register into my pre-teen brain. It even made me want to take guitar lessons even though my dad insisted that I should learn a more "practical" instrument first and then move on to the guitar.

Since when is the accordian practical?

But I never learned to play either of those instruments. Kind of sad, really. But cue up Show Me the way and I play a real mean Fender "air-caster". This album is just loaded with gems and even though later on, I was informed that a lot of stuff was done in a recording studio with stadium effects put in later, it still didn't sour my memories any.

I had this on vinyl and my friend at the time begged me to let him borrow it, after much pleading and promising, I succumbed to his whining. He promptly left it on the seat of his truck on a 105 degree Southern California Summer day. Oh, the carnage. He didn't even offer to replace it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A guitar lover's dream concert.
This is a must have disc. For all the guitar rock fans outthere who love concerts, This is a great one. The last track is the best example of how powerfull Peter's guitar skill is. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robert A. Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good rock n roll
Published 2 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Blast from the past!
Published 10 days ago by BigD
5.0 out of 5 stars Music To Your Ears
Great sounds, and a good deal!
Published 16 days ago by James E. Beahm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD.Timeless.
Published 18 days ago by jay777
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album a must BUY
My wife wonted this album I was not a fan of this artist , after siting down and playing this album and two espresso Im a fan so I should listen to my wife more often LOL great... Read more
Published 21 days ago by LEO1958
1.0 out of 5 stars stay away
Would not RIP to my computer
Published 27 days ago by super zuke
5.0 out of 5 stars could this be the best live album ever
could this be the best live album ever? Especially for a relative no name at the time of its release?
Published 27 days ago by Greg Frikor
5.0 out of 5 stars I finally bought the 25th of this platter and it is great to my old...
Unlike millions of other people, I never listened to this album. I was so angry Frampton left The Pie, that I refused to listen to his solo albums. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zaba
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brings back fond memories of days gone by.
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Burross
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