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Frampton Comes Alive!

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Peter Frampton 6/28/2011

Review

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.] ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Something's Happening [Live] Peter Frampton 5:39
  3. 2 Doobie Wah [Live] Peter Frampton 5:34
  4. 3 Show Me the Way [Live Version] Peter Frampton 4:35
  5. 4 It's a Plain Shame [Live] Peter Frampton 4:19
  6. 5 All I Want to Be (Is by Your Side) [Live] Peter Frampton 3:8
  7. 6 Wind of Change [Live] Peter Frampton 2:45
  8. 7 Baby, I Love Your Way [Live] Peter Frampton 4:38
  9. 8 I Wanna Go to the Sun [Live] Peter Frampton 7:13
  10. 9 Penny for Your Thoughts [Live] Peter Frampton 1:22
  11. 10 (I'll Give You) Money [Live] Peter Frampton 5:36
  12. 11 Shine On [Live] Humble Pie 3:35
  13. 12 Jumping Jack Flash [Live] Peter Frampton 7:35
  14. 13 Lines on My Face [Live] Peter Frampton 6:57
  15. 14 Do You Feel Like We Do [Live] Peter Frampton 14:18
  16. 15 Do You Feel Like We Do Peter Frampton 11:45

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