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Peter Frampton - Live in Detroit

4.7 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Product Description

Pine Knob Amphitheater is the setting for an unforgettable evening with legendary musician Peter Frampton. Hold onto your seat as he rocks the house with a fusion of old favorites, new hits and screaming guitar riffs that leave the audience breathless. It's Frampton at his boldest, brightest and very best! 101 minutes.

Widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 TVs, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS. Peter Frampton autobiography, discography, video interview.

Look before you snicker. The prospect of a cutting-edge concert DVD from a '70s rocker who's mostly been MIA during the intervening decades might seem baffling to all but his staunchest fans. But Peter Frampton's particular 15 minutes of fame were rooted in his sturdy prowess as a live player, and that crowd-pleasing instinct kicks into gear quickly on Live in Detroit. The expatriate British guitarist, singer, and songwriter cheerfully admits that this well-shot, crisply recorded concert from Pine Knob amphitheater is banking on the lack of any video companion to his epochal live double album, Frampton Comes Alive, which broke sales records following its 1976 release. Accordingly, Detroit serves up a set list featuring the earlier set's high points and preserving the front man's affable, enthusiastic rapport.

Those virtues won't entirely neutralize the initial shock of seeing the former rock heartthrob as he crowds 50. The shoulder-length locks that made him a poster boy (and supplied a then-chic androgyny) are gone, his hair now close- cropped and white, and he wears small wire-rim glasses that reinforce a comparatively clerical look, even in dark jeans and T-shirt. But when Frampton and his current quartet launch into old arena workhorses like "Baby (Something's Happening)," or signature hits like "Show Me the Way" and "Baby I Love Your Way," he shows his singing and lead guitar playing are both unchanged.

In short, meat-and-potatoes musicianship, an eager-to-please affection for his audience, and that archetypal song book of '70s radio favorites all play to Frampton's strengths and to his audience's expectations, right up to those talkbox effects that sounded anachronistic until Cher dusted them off for her Europop-inflected comeback. For DVD music fans of a certain age, that translates to a canny mix of nostalgia and show-biz professionalism. --Sam Sutherland

Special Features

  • Peter Frampton Autobiography, Discography
  • Video Interview with Peter Frampton

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Frampton
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305837074
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. B Evans on August 11, 2000
Format: DVD
I have to confess, when I first watched this dvd, tears came to my eyes. I dont know why, I guess it moved me that much. I have been a Frampton fan since I heard Comes Alive back in 76. This dvd is GREAT. The picture quality is superb, the sound is supurb, and just the way the whole thing was put together is totally awesome. Frampton is playing in Detroit at the Pine Knob Ampitheater, in front of a packed house. The crowd enthuasium is very high, and Frampton gets it up even higher. He plays all his old hits like, Baby I love Your Way, Show Me The Way, Do You Feel Like We Do, and some other old stuff, as well as some newer stuff. I must say, that he has not lost it. He still has that distinguishable guitar sound and voice that we as Peter Frampton fans love. If you close your eyes while you have this dvd playing, you could almost swear that it was 1976 all over again. People, this dvd is really that good. I highly recommend it to Frampton fans(A MUST HAVE) and music lovers everywhere....
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This DVD knocked my socks off! I was one of the people who attended this concert, and I had a great time at that concert, and I have to say that the DVD experience is even BETTER! Its better because the cameras bring you up close to where the action is, close to all the members of the band, shot from different cool angles, and sometimes so close that you can see very clearly Peter Frampton and the band members' fingerings on their instruments and such! Freeze framing on the shots is great too! Its a fun activity just by itself! The sound is SUPERB and the picture quality is so sharp, talk about definition! Its definition city! I was impressed with the sense of depth and texture in the picture too.. you feel that you can almost reach out and touch the players at times. The wonderful to listen to, oh man... I'll bet you that if you buy this and watch it, you will be singing along to the songs in no time... they are contagious! This is a powerful DVD.. full of positive energy. I HIGHLY reccomend it!
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As a long time Peter Frampton fan, I waited for this day,when this DVD fell on my doormat. I ran upstairs to check out this DVD on my brand new Yamaha DSP-AX1 Amplifier......I was very curious how this concert would sound in DTS format.... I could not believe my ears ! I have a lot of DTS concerts like "Hell freezes over" from The Eagles, and Tina Turner "Live in Amsterdam", but this really sets the standard ! I know that Peter Frampton is a sound freak, and loves gatgets, so I wasn't surprised that this DVD would sound extraordinary. Apart from that, he still rocks like never before. The boys are jamming away as if their lives depend on it. Boy oh boy, did I enjoy this DVD. I'm so glad that I can watch this DVD over and over again, without losing quality, and I will tell you one thing, I'm going to watch this over, and over and over.
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I agree with most of the other reviewers and I enjoyed this performance by Peter Frampton. I am a casual fan of Frampton and really enjoyed the CD "Frampton Comes Alive" which is the quintessential classic rock live album of the 70's. I've been wanting to see a live performance of these songs by Frampton for some time and I was glad that this DVD was available. My favorite tracks on this DVD are the well-known hits, "Show Me the Way," "Baby I Love Your Way", "Something's Happening," and "Do You Feel Like We Do?" An older looking Frampton plays these pieces with great enthusiasm and great skill, and he is backed by a great band. On "Do You Feel Like We Do?" Frampton gets interrupted by a fan who walks across the stage, and he is visibly distraced by that -- the keyboardist then plays his solo piece, Frampton introduces the band, and then plays his voice-box / guitar, building up to a good climax at the end. On this song "Do You Feel Like We Do?" Frampton's solo work differs from the "Frampton Comes Alive" version -- it is rather abbreviated, and not as fluid as his 1976 performance. Also, his voice-box work features different lines, such as "Do You Feel Horny?" and "Thank You!" If you're a purist like me and are looking for a performance similar to that on "Frampton Comes Alive" CD it is a bit different on "Do You Feel Like We Do?".

The other songs that I thought were great were the 2 pieces in the encore. Overall, I enjoyed the 70's songs more than the recent songs.

I really wish that someday, they would release the DVD of the classic performance by Frampton in 1976. It's too bad that this is the only DVD available right now of Frampton's live work.

One of the best segments in the Special Features is the video interview of Frampton.
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When I bought this DVD, I had just set up my Sony 5.1 DTS system. I had no idea I would be transported back to 1976...the only noticeable difference is that Peter Frampton plays and sings better than ever. Bob Mayo is simply astounding on keys, guitar and vocals. There is a seamless comradery between these guys that is a pure delight to watch, not to mention that they are without a doubt the tightest, most polished sounding foursome out there today. The sound quality of this DVD is better than any other Concert DVD I own, James Taylor Live at the Beacon, a close second. One of Peter's many strengths has always been drawing a crowd into an experience and making them feel a part of his world. Forget the hair, he looks better than ever (laid-back and on fire all at the same time) and he's proven to this viewer/listener that he's never been more alive than he is today! A must-have for any guitar lover (worth buying a DVD player to see). My personal faves: "Lines on My Face," "Can't Take That Away," Don't Need No Doctor," and "Money."
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