Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

What a monster — this White Hot Stamper Frampton Comes Alive boasts KILLER A+++ sound on sides one, two, and four and very strong A++ sound on side three! If you’re looking for a top-shelf pressing of THE iconic Classic Rock Double Live Album, don’t let this one pass you by. If you grew up with this album it’s going to be a thrill to hear this copy rockin’ on a big audiophile system. 

It’s ridiculously hard to find good sound for this record. Most copies are thin, dry and transistory. And it’s time consuming to clean and play as many copies of this double album as it takes to find enough Hot Stampers to make the endeavor worthwhile. When this album doesn’t have the goods it’s just not very fun. A White Hot Stamper copy like this one will remind you why we all went so crazy for this music back in the ’70s.

I unashamedly confess to being a huge Frampton fan to this very day. His first album, Wind of Change, has been a Desert Island Disc for me ever since I picked up my first copy while still in high school in 1972. I’m a Big Production Rock Guy, as you may have guessed from looking at the records we rave about the most, and Frampton’s first album is a classic of Big Production Rock, in the style of Abbey Road, Dark Side of the Moon, Songs for Beginners and fifty others I could name. Make that a hundred others. Or two hundred.

Which also explains why I’ve had very large dynamic speakers since about 1975, when I was first able to scrape together enough money to buy a pair of the well-regarded RTR 280-DR. (My mother had to co-sign the loan I took out shortly thereafter to buy an Audio Research SP3A-1 preamp and D-75 amp to power them, if that tells you anything. And ARC was pretty cheap back then; neither piece was even a grand!)

My Story

Not that anyone should care, but I bought the first Frampton album (1972’s Wind of Change) when it came out, probably based on a magazine review. Think I paid $3.08 for it; that was the discount price for an album at the little record store I frequented back in those days. It was in Leucadia, CA, not far from where I went to high school.

(I specifically remember going into that store and buying the first Loggins and Messina album. On the store system they were playing Ziggy Stardust but I had no idea what the hell that album was all about and just basically ignored it (!). L&M record in hand, I proceeded to ask the guy at the counter whether it was stereo or not. He looked at me like the dumbass high school kid I was and said something along the lines of “of course it is, they don’t even make mono records anymore.” I forked over my $3.08 plus tax and filed that piece of info in my marijuana-addled brain under Lessons Learned.

Anyway, I’ve been in love with that first Peter Frampton record for more than forty years and still play it regularly (now mostly on CD in the car, the turntable is tied up all day as you can imagine).

When the live album came out I ran down to Tower and picked it up immediately, not knowing a thing about it but knowing that anything Frampton did on record was at least worth a listen. His previous album, 1975’s eponymous Frampton, was a favorite of mine and most of my friends’ as well.

What a listen Frampton Comes Alive turned out to be! A real game changer for an artist working in obscurity that I had revered for years.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Something’s Happening
Doobie Wah
Show Me the Way
It’s a Plain Shame

Side Two

All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side)
Wind of Change
Baby, I Love Your Way
I Wanna Go to the Sun

Side Three

Penny for Your Thoughts
(I’ll Give You) Money
Shine On
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Side Four

Lines on My Face
Do You Feel Like We Do

AMG Review

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.