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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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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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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 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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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Dad rock you don't need to pay attention to. Peter has a steady hand, he doesn't need you to check in on him. He'll just keep going competently until you tell him to stop.

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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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Fri May 21 2021
2

Framptom Comes Alive (barely). Boring dad rock. Thank God punk came along.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fri Jan 27 2023
5

This is excellent. Awesome production and sound quality on a live album. Every song is well performed as well. Favorite track: Show Me the Way

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

I know it's not yacht rock but it's soft rock so I still wanna listen to it on a boat or a beach. Either way it's right up my alley. 9/10

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Tue Feb 28 2023
5

This album was everything I love about rock.

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Mon Apr 10 2023
5

Enjoyed listening to this whole thing. The switching from acoustic, to rock is awesome. Good voice. Tasteful guitar work and leads. Bluesy and modal interlinking. Do you feel like we do is an absolutely jam banger.

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Sun Apr 30 2023
5

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

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Sun Apr 30 2023
5

Rock a la antigua usanza. Vinilo.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

a classic. I already own this record

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Wed Aug 02 2023
5

Honestly was never a big fan but this might be enough to change my mind

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

Fantastic. Nobody does it like Frampton, and live he's unreal. Easy 5/5

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Sun Sep 10 2023
5

A great live album. Exceeded my low expectations.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

This album is part of the soundtrack of my late teenage years. A superb piece of music.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

This is a live album where the embellishments - with exception - are lean, and the concert setting enhances the music. Each track is a Standout.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

Awesome album that I remember well from my freshman year of high school

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Mon Dec 11 2023
5

The gimmick of the talking guitar almost masks how solid the performance is. Listen to the audience just loving it. I don't think there's a lot of poetry going on here but everyone playing and listening is all about it. Huge fan of the energy. I don't know what I'd rate this if it wasn't a live album, but it being one adds so much. Finishing with Do You Feel Like We Do makes the album. The whole talking part going into that crazy breakdown and the crowd explodes. I can see so many people hearing this and deciding to start a band.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

I always felt there was a tendency for the qualities of tracks on live albums to be drowned out and lost in the noise, rarely do I find them living up to the same standards as their accompanying studio albums, but this is one of the exceptions. Penny For Your Thoughts is such a refreshing interlude, unexpected but appreciated. Jumping Jack Flash is also a great track with a killer solo towards the end, surprised it isn't more popular. Do You Feel Like We Do is a 14-minute finisher, excellent solos from Bob Mayo on keyboard and Hammond, great track to end.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Phenomenal live album, best record on this list i’ve listened to so far! Favorite track: “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “All I Want To Be”

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

this album by peter frampton is... uuuuugh this is good, really really good. something about the energy of the crowd, the clear-as-day instrumentals sweeping in, and peter's voice... if you close your eyes are really allow yourself to become one with the audio, i swear you feel like you're actually there. i love this. i love this with every fiber of my being.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

A brilliant live album. Never heard 'Somethings Happening' before. Really liked it - great opener. The guitar work is such an absolute pleasure to listen to. Show Me The Way - what a perfect feel-good song. As is, Baby I Love your Way. I Want To Go To The Sun - another track I never heard before. Loved it. Do You Feel Like We Do - excellent. Looking forward to playing this album again in full. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A perfect 5! 😊

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

I’ve got this in vinyl. My dad said the was a must-have on the medium and he wasn’t wrong. No other live album makes me feel like I’m at a concert like the one

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

YAY!!!! Reminds me of hanging out with my friend Dana (6th grade?). She had older sisters so we listened to everything they did when I came to the house. This is the best live album ever in my book.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

One of the Greatest albums of All time!! Love it !!

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Thu Feb 15 2024
5

I went into this album knowing only one song - "Baby, I Love Your Way". I have to say, the rest of the album passed muster. Truly a rock classic. But I cannot describe how much I enjoyed the final track. It started off like a fairly usual Frampton track and when the Rhodes kicked in at around four minutes in, I knew it was something more. The rest of the track has a similar chord progression to Telegraph Road by Dire Straits, which I LOVE. When Frampton whipped out the talkbox around seven and a half minutes in was when the goosebumps formed. I've been listening to this on repeat ever since. What an absolutely phenomenal performance. This album gets 5 stars on the merit of "Do You Feel Like We Do" alone.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

The album, the concert, the poster, the crush… I had it ALL! Who wouldn’t love an amazing guitarist with the gifts of story-telling musical dynamics, lyric writing, the entertainment factor, and a killer smile?

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Mon Feb 26 2024
5

Still a classic worth listening to.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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