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Frampton Comes Alive

Peter Frampton

1976

Frampton Comes Alive

Album Summary

Frampton Comes Alive! is a double live album by the English rock musician Peter Frampton released in 1976. It is one of the best-selling live albums in the United States. "Show Me the Way", "Baby, I Love Your Way", and "Do You Feel Like We Do" were released as singles; all three reached the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and frequently receive airplay on classic rock radio stations. Following four solo albums with little commercial success, Frampton Comes Alive! was a breakthrough for Frampton. Released on January 6, 1976, Frampton Comes Alive! debuted on the charts at 191. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, eventually spending a total of 10 non-consecutive weeks in the top spot through October. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 8 million copies in the US and becoming one of the best-selling live albums to date, with estimated sales of 11 million worldwide.Frampton Comes Alive! was voted "Album Of The Year" in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still No. 14 on Billboard's 1977 year-end album chart. It was ranked No. 41 on Rolling Stone's "50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time" list. Readers of Rolling Stone ranked it No. 3 in a 2012 poll of all-time favourite live albums.

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Rating

3.13

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5381

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Hard Rock
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Mon May 09 2022
4

Can confirm he was alive

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

"Man, that guys guitar is talking." "Hey, my shoes are talking too." "Don't worry, we wont hurt you, we only want to have some fun."

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

It's a solid live album, it has a couple of songs I began to remember from my childhood as I heard them. Yes, it's not anything out of the ordinary and I don't think it "brought anything new to the table" back then, but I also don't think it meant to. It's just an "inoffensive" pleasant album (with a pretty unfortunate Stones cover, I have to say)

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Claaaaaaasic

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Loved that it was recorded at Winterland in San Francisco! Also do you feel like i feel is so insanely epic

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

I didn't realise how many Peter Frampton songs I knew. Plus this is a terrific recording.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Great live album. Vast majority of this album playa on radio already. Good songwriter, connects with the audience and he sounds like he is having fun at this show in SF. Frampton understands his craft and changes the gimmick of his voice box into more than that. He doesn't overuse it, but it becomes part of his toolbox.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Fantastic album. I haven't listened to it before, but I'm sure I'll be listening again sometime. 3RS

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

I'm having another ohhhhhhhhhh-I-get-it-now moment. I've heard bits of this my whole life but never sat through the whole thing and kind of didn't think I'd like it that much. I listened to the 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, 1 hour and 46 minutes of music that I didn't want to end. Frampton's musicianship is astounding --- there's plenty of impressively spoodly electric guitar solos but then there's some lovely acoustic technique in Penny for your Thoughts and All I Wanna Be. And his voice! Smooth and lovely throughout, lots of variation. None of the fatigue or pitch problems you can sometimes hear in live recordings. I think of Frampton as a great guitarist but he can really really sing and he seems to be an incredible showman. In addition to the singles I was familiar with, I fell in love with several of these songs during this listen: Wind of Change, All I Wanna Be, I Wanna Go to the Sun, Shine On, and White Sugar. I didn't really love the cover of Jumpin' Jack Flash --- it just didn't seem to have teeth for some reason --- but I have renewed appreciation for Do You Feel Like We Do, all 14 minutes of it. So great!

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Despite living in the suburbs, I was never issued a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. That’s not to say I’m unfamiliar with it, though. Even if you’ve never heard the record, the chances you haven’t heard “Show Me the Way” or “Baby, I Love Your Way” are slimmer than Peter Frampton’s Bell bottoms. You know who probably did get a copy of this record in the mail back in 1976? Trey and the boys from Phish. A lot of this record has a kind of proto-Phish jammy-ness to it, except not as weird and played competently. (Look, I’ve got a thousand and one records to listen to, it was inevitable that I’d eventually talk a little smack on Phish) About a decade ago, while in Colorado for business, I took an afternoon and visited Red Rocks Amphitheatre. I had only intended on touring the venue, just to see in person how awesome it is. Even if you’re not going there for a concert, it is worth visiting. Absolutely beautiful. What I didn’t know when I arrived, was that Peter Frampton was playing that night and I would be walking around the venue while he and the band sound checked. I’m not a Peter Frampton fan by any stretch, but hearing his talk box reverberate off the giant slabs of prehistoric rock is one of the coolest “concert” experiences I’ve ever had. It sounded amazing. …and for that, Peter Frampton is cool with me.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

The guitar is impressive on this album. It's no use having great guitar if the songs are kind of boring though.

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Tue May 18 2021
1

Sounds like something you'd play in a truck if you only had one record to hand

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Sat Sep 04 2021
1

just fuck off. 70s shite and to top it off its LIVE. crowds going woo through a completely unrecognisable song just somehow makes it worse. its the least amount of an album i;ve managed to listen to for a long time.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Truly excellent live album, the crowd is really into the vocoder thing that Frampton uses, and it sounds cool! Some of quintessential Frampton tracks are on here!

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

This album is such a wonderful trip for me on two levels. First, on the nostalgia front, it brings me back to summers of my youth when these songs played on the radio and the energy was fantastic. Next, for me as a present-day listener, I hear and appreciate the music in a whole new way. The songs are a lot fun, they hold up well in the harsh light of time's passing, and I am blown away by the musicians, all of them. Bob Mayo's keys are on another level. I could listen to his keyboard solo on 'Do You Feel Like We Do' go on for hours. And Frampton's guitar playing...wow. Growing up, I somehow missed his being on the level of the other rock guitar gods I adored. I know now. Related Note: I recently discovered an album he recorded just a couple years ago, 'All Blues,' which is outstanding. He's still a true artist on the guitar. Back to this album: Yes, definitely one of the all-time greats. If the only song on it were 'Do You Feel Like We Do,' I'd still believe it's worthy of this list. Final Note: fans of Peter Frampton should see Rick Beato's "What Makes This Song Great?" episode on 'Do You Feel Like We Do' as well as the few other Peter Frampton-focused videos on Rick Beato's YouTube channel. Absolute worth watching.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

This was really good. The talk box lives rent free in my head

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Brilliant throughout.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

hmm... never heard of him. (kidding, of course this is a classic)

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

One of the greatest live guitar albums ever.

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Sun May 01 2022
5

Escutaria 1000x

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Mon May 02 2022
5

very cool

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Thu May 26 2022
5

really cool I sure would’ve had fun seeing this live 9/10

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

One of the greatest live albums of all time. I loved everything about this album. Frampton is one of the all time guitar greats.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Just a good fuckin album

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

I discovered this album as a young girl and was obsessed with it. Amazing or am I just reminiscing? It's still yhe only LIVE album that I can listen to.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

wow! what an album! I knew Peter Frampton by name (and of course I know the absolute banger that is Baby, I love your way). But I didn't realize how much I would love his work. Especially as a Live album which is even more impressive. Jammed out the full 14 minutes of Do You Feel Like We Do. Lines On My Face, Jumping Jack Flash, (I'll Give You) Money, I Wanna Go To The Sun, and of course Show Me The Way were all standouts.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

"If ever an album title was in dire need of an exclamation mark It surely had to be Frampton Comes Alive!" ("Third Track Main Camera Four Minutes" by Half Man Half Biscuit. 2000) I saw Frampton support Deep Purple in 2004, and he was just as good as you would expect. This album is an absolute belter! One of the easiest 5's I'll give.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

great album

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I honestly didn’t thought I’d give it a five stars but truth is, I really liked listening to this album. It has the energy of a great live album, and even though I didn’t know that much songs, I stayed hooked on my first listening ! The audience is on fire. Surprised also by the quality of Frampton’s guitar play, there’s some killer licks and solo. Of course the last track “Do you feel like we do”is a definite banger and Frampton makes good uses of talkbox. Anyway a fine discovery and definitely among my favourite live albums.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
5

Live rock. "Show Me the Way", "Baby, I Love Your Way"

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I owned this album on a twin cassette pack and played it until is was stuffed, great album.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Another much loved album I have in numerous media, LP, cassette, RTR, digital, etc. I have it on both the HD in my car as well as on an iPod that often travels with me.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Liked it a lot more than I though I would

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

Rock a la antigua usanza. Vinilo.

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

"Show Me The Way", "Baby I Love Your Way", and "Do You Feel Like We Do" are three super hits that I really like. Crazy good live album. 9/10.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Peter Frampton a juste trop de talent, peut importe le commentaire, je suis l'argumentaire, un genie 5*

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

nice . i liked it

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Nice live album. Will give this a few more listens. "Baby I love your way" as the biggest hit.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Great live album.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

This record slaps so hard.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Rock n Roll |,,,| Funky, rocky, everything I'd want out of a live gig. Would have sounded cooler being there though

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Frampton's guitar work is so lovely. He sounds great live. Will seek out more

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

I've never really gotten into Peter Frampton, but this album was a fucking phenomenal live album! obviously it had a lot of top hits, but songs like "It's A Plain Shame" and "Shine On" were some songs i've never heard before but dug them!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Great live album. Although - to be honest - I found it somewhat underwhelming overall this time around.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Un disc que justifica una carrera. Cap més artista em ve al cap que tingui un doble en directe tan (merescudament) mític i en canvi cap dels discos en estudi estigui, ni de lluny, a l'alçada. Sigui com sigui, un disc a disfrutar al llarg de tota una vida

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

I kinda liked this, should listen to more. Easy-listening but catchy.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Excellente surprise !

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Baby, I love your way e Show me the way sao continuacoes uma da outra na minha cabeca (e ambas excelentes).

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

I don't think I'm smart enough for this album. The lyrics are basically poetry and the rhythms go way past standard 4/4. Due to Nick Drake being such a loner, he had no one else playing on this work, but he could have been huge if he could have collaborated with others. It's also why I can't rate it highly. Sure, pink moon is good and technically it is all good, but this is a 3.5 or a 7 out of 10. It just needs more and I don't think he had written his opus before he died. This was just a taste.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Coming to realize I get tired of people who belt all their vocals. If everything’s at 11, nothing’s interesting and the brain just gets bored. It’s a shame because the guitar work is amazing

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Love it. Really great live album and makes me wanna listen to more of Frampton’s stuff.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

A real gem of a live album. Foot tapping, energetic, engaging.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Phenomenal musicality. Was expecting more ear worms. But definitely an album if you want something funky and crowd-pleasing that's upbeat but not overbearing.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

a classic. 70s rock for sure.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

I liked it, good stuff. I've always heard of Peter Frampton but never listened. "Baby, I Love Your Way", along with a few other songs, were very familiar.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Classic live album. Not my personal favorite, but a very significant album culturally

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Definitely a high school hit album!!! I wore out the 8 track !!

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

More bangers

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Great live performance by Peter Frampton! 3.5/5

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Strong 4 stars. First disc - great. I had no idea that “show me the way” and “baby I love your way” were from this live album. Second disc - good. A lot of energy but I’m worn out by jumpin jack flash.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

I've listened to this album many times, but probably not since the early 80s when my sister moved out of our house and took her album collection with her. Live albums aren't usually my jam as I generally prefer the cleaner sound of a studio recording. The crowd and background sounds are often distracting to me . Was that sound at the 0:55 mark in Wind of Change the sound of - a gunshot? balloon popping...? I quite enjoyed listening to this album though. It is well recorded and I enjoyed the 70s arena rock vibe. Even the 14 minutes of "Do You Feel Like We Do" didn't wear on me. Frampton's songs are solid 70s rock and he knows how to deliver them live. FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE! is easy to like as the big hits I am familiar with were actually from this album. There is an intensity Frampton's live performance brings that explains why this is one of the greatest live rock recordings.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

That was fun! Penny for Your Thoughts made me so happy!

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Better than I thought

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Good 70’s album rock - I like the guitars and several of the songs. Easy to listen to.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Very fun live album. Some obvious hits Ive heard a lot but enjoyed the whole thing

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Great live album.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

4/5. Why’d he have to put “it’s a plain shame” on there? Coulda been next level

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Just an extremely tight set. After reviewing Bob Dylan's "At Royal Albert Hall" immediately before this, this is a breath of fresh air. The crowd is super into it, and Frampton brings across a super bubbly, buoyant, and fun set. It doesn't break the mold or anything, just wonderful rock n' roll. Favorite tracks: "Show Me the Way", "All I Want to Be", "Baby, I Love Your Way"

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

ooh baby

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Haven’t listened to this in a long time.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Amazing album from an icon of R&B

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Who doesn't have a specific memory or two about this album (if you are of the age). But a bit lackluster beyond the hits. "Tell me you or someone you know didn't have this album" Peter Griffin

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

This was actually unexpectedly great for me. Was catching myself head-bopping multiple times.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Pretty dope album. Although outside of the 'hits' it doesn't make much of an impression. But the high points are very very high. Capping it off with 'Do You Feel Like We Do' is fantastic. 7/10

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

It is a great record filled with anthemic songs to sing out loud, at least that’s what you can tell by the people in that concert. In my case, I think I may need to listen to those songs often to let them grow on me.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Not bad. I mostly just liked the hits that everyone has heard a million times but those were all very good. Giving this 4 stars but it's a low 4.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Already listened to it

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Easygoing road trip rock. An easy 4/5 from "Baby, I Love Your Way" alone. gotta love the energy from the crowd too

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I really enjoy live albums and this one did not disappoint. Some classics that I already knew and found some new songs to love. Favourite songs: Show me the way, Baby I love your way, Do you feel like we do

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

A classic live album.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Enjoyable live album that is full of typical classic rock music and also boasts a few "classics" that everybody has heard of or heard before. Being a live album it is rather long of course but overall still a good experience

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

A great live performance demonstrating not just his soft rock specialties but his superb guitar playing proficiency.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I understand that this live album was Frampton's breakthrough, but I really don't understand why some people prefer to hear live recordings over studio recordings. It's simply the inferior version to me. That said, even though I'd wish these were the same songs but in studio quality, I really like Peter Frampton and enjoyed listening to this album. While the studio versions might be 4.5 stars to me, this is still 3.5 stars. Rounding up because most other albums from last week were a lot worse than this one.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Лирическая и спокойная музыка

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Sick guitar solos but some of the lyrics were really really weird. Would listen to again.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

great live album. the talking pig made me want to learn to play the guitar when i was growing up.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Frampton Comes Alive has always intrigued me by the fact that the live versions of these (great) songs are the defacto versions....you never hear the studio versions anywhere. I need to go back and listen to the studio versions just to compare, but the album (and the use of the talk box) is great. Would have been a great show to see back in the day. 4/5

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

If I hadn't listened to this live album, I would have rated it much lower. However, listening to this album live, I understood Frampton as an artist and why he's so loved. "Do You Feel Like We Do" is 14 minutes of the guitar having its shine and let's also talk about "Jumping Jack Flash" which was a fun song to get just a glimpse of what it was like to see Frampton live. Thanks to the generator for letting me finally hear Peter Frampton and actually enjoy it. Standout songs: All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side), Jumping Jack Flash, Do You Feel Like We Do, Shine On.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

3.75

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Not bad dad rock

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Pretty electrifying as far as live albums go

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Fuera de la que pasaban siempre en Universal, no conocía más rolas aunque la portada del disco sí. De hecho me parecía rara porque la cara del tipo no me cuadra del todo con la música y la guitarra que toca. De cualquier manera, me parece un buen disco en vivo, especialmente considerando la guitarra que él toca. Y aunque la rola más famosa es medio de hueva, la verdad es que otras del disco le hacen justicia. Por otro lado, de Frampton no conozco nada nada nada más. Ni siquiera estaba seguro si tal vez era exmiembro de otra banda o algo así y resulta que no, que todo su éxito fue como solista y que sigue vivo y sacando cosas.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

It has been more than 40 years since I put this album on a turntable and set back to listen to it. When it was released it was everywhere and Do You Feel Like I Do was the anthem that defined the year it was released. Well this was a very enjoyable stroll down memory lane. The songs hold up very very well, (Helped by the fact that the vinyl copy I have is almost dead quiet and sounds awesome. Tyîcal of A & M releases back in the day. There are a couple duds....Jumping Jack Flash is totally unnecessary and uninspired but the hilights are very high and Frampton's guitar playing always tasteful...something I appreciate more now than I did then. This is a fince 70s live album that has stood the test of time. 4.5 stars

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Doobie Wah is fun and smooth. Fairly enjoyable.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Good classic rock album, but considering its a live album its pretty amazing. sometimes I forgot it was live until I heard the crowd cheering again.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

I wouldn't regret going to the concert. 3.5

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Ground-breaking. Electrifying. A great party.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

Hahaha classic

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Definitely a product of its time that still holds up. This album was beyond huge when it was released, ruling the charts for almost 2 years. Fun fact: I got to see Peter Frampton open for Steve Miller in 2018. Frampton covered "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden in a huge tribute to Chris Cornell, and of course played the three big hits from this album. It should have been the other way around. Steve Miller should have been opening up for the legendary Peter Frampton.

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