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Frampton Comes Alive! [Deluxe Edition]

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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 Introduction/Somethin's Happening [Live] Peter Frampton 5:55
  3. 2 Doobie Wah [Live] Peter Frampton 5:44
  4. 3 Lines on My Face [Live] Peter Frampton 7:0
  5. 4 Show Me the Way [Live] Peter Frampton 4:33
  6. 5 It's a Plain Shame [Live] Peter Frampton 4:4
  7. 6 Wind of Change [Live] Peter Frampton 2:57
  8. 7 Just the Time of Year [Live] Peter Frampton 4:22
  9. 8 Penny for Your Thoughts [Live] Peter Frampton 1:35
  10. 9 All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side) [Live] Peter Frampton 3:8
  11. 10 Baby, I Love Your Way [Live] Peter Frampton 4:41
  12. 11 I Wanna Go to the Sun [Live] Peter Frampton 7:15
  13. 1 Nowhere's Too Far for My Baby [Live] Peter Frampton 4:48
  14. 2 (I'll Give You) Money [Live] Peter Frampton 5:47
  15. 3 Do You Feel Like We Do [Live] Peter Frampton 13:47
  16. 4 Shine On [Live] Humble Pie 3:30
  17. 5 White Sugar [Live] Peter Frampton 4:44
  18. 6 Jumping Jack Flash [Live] Peter Frampton 7:38
  19. 7 Days Dawning [Live] Peter Frampton 3:33
  20. 8 Do You Feel Like We Do [Live] Peter Frampton 11:42

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