Frampton Comes Alive (25 Th Dlx Ann Edt) (Rmst)


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Review Text 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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CD: 1

  1. 1. Introduction/Somethin's Happening - 6:56
  2. 2. Doobie Wah - 6:43
  3. 3. Lines on My Face - 7:59
  4. 4. Show Me the Way - 5:32
  5. 5. It's a Plain Shame - 4:03
  6. 6. Wind of Change - 3:57
  7. 7. Just the Time of Year - 4:21
  8. 8. Penny for Your Thoughts - 2:34
  9. 9. All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side) - 3:08
  10. 10. Baby, I Love Your Way - 5:41
  11. 11. I Wanna Go to the Sun - 7:15

CD: 2

  1. 12. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby) - 5:49
  2. 13. (I'll Give You) Money - 6:46
  3. 14. Do You Feel Like We Do - 14:46
  4. 15. Shine On - 3:29
  5. 16. White Sugar - 5:43
  6. 17. Jumpin' Jack Flash - 8:40
  7. 18. Day's Dawning - 4:34

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