- This original pressing on the custom A&M label is ROCKIN’ with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on all four sides – just shy of our Shootout Winner – mostly quiet vinyl too
- Performance is one of the best sounding – perhaps even THE best sounding – Hard Rock concert albums we’ve ever heard
- Engineered by the legendary Eddie Kramer, what other live rock record sounds this good?
- 4 1/2 stars: “… [O]ne of the classic double-live albums of the ’70s: a two-LP set from a band that were earning a reputation as in-concert monsters, grinding out a living on a circuit that brought them from coast to coast in America… this was heavy, improvised blues rock where live moments trumped the studio… “
Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore on the right original pressing is one of the best — if not THE best — rock concert albums we have ever played. Can you imagine if Frampton Comes Alive sounded like this? If you want to hear some smokin’ Peter Frampton guitar work from the days when he was with the band, this album captures that sound better than any of their studio releases, and far better than FCA on even the best copies.
Grungy guitars that jump out of the speakers, prodigious punchy deep bass, dynamic vocals and drum work — the best pressings of Rockin’ The Fillmore have more live FIREPOWER than any live recording we’ve ever heard. Who knew?
Eddie Kramer, King of the Rockers
What Eddie Kramer did for Led Zeppelin II he’s done for Humble Pie on this album, and that’s saying a lot. If Zep II is the hardest rocking studio album in the history of the world, Rockin’ The Fillmore is its close companion, the hardest rockin’ live album in the history of the world.
This is VERY hard rock, recorded, mixed and mastered to be played good and loud. If you have the system for it this record can sound like you wheeled a stack of Marshall amps into your listening room and cranked them up to 10.
If you like the raw, distorted guitar sound that Free captured so well on their albums you are going to love Frampton’s guitar tone here. (I saw him in concert about twenty years ago and he played a set like this one — all hard rockin’, all of the time, and very, very loud. By all accounts he deeply loves that kind of music, even though for the most part he gave up recording it a long time ago.)
Top 100? Next time we update the list this album has got to go on it. (more…)