Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)

Note: the CD I listened to was not one of the 25th or 35th anniversary reissues.

I was accused the other day of "mainlining 1976" this summer and that's on target so let's continue on with it.

While I dug the radio singles from this album, I never could have purchased it because if I had come home with a album showing a stoned, long-haired hippie on the cover, my parents would have had a fit and might have discussed rehab for their young son (I don't mean to harp on my parents, they were just raised in a very different time). Anyway, all the cool high school kids listened to it and I longed to be like them. And this 10 year old boy was a complete sucker for the talk box and thought it was the coolest sound ever until he heard the special effect sounds in Star Wars.

Because of his success, Frampton came became an easy target for derision (he was even mocked in the High Fidelity movie), but unnecessarily so. He's an above average guitarist/songwriter and while his voice isn't the greatest, it's good enough for the material. Much has been made of the amount of studio overdubbing that went into this recording and, to be honest, I don't give a care because it gives me what I need: a mid-70's time capsule.

Rolling Stone, March 11, 1976, pp. 60 & 62

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (10 non-consecutive weeks between April - October, 1976)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (13 non-consecutive weeks between March - October, 1976)

Tracks: Other than the three hit singles, I enjoy Something's Happening and All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side).  First time I head Doobie Wah - I thought the it was the Doobie Brothers and then I read the title - d'oh! I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes. But the Pablo Cruise-ish song is titled I Wanna Go To The Sun, so go figure. By the way, I Wanna Go To The Sun may have the best guitar solos on the album if you like that sort of thing. Disc two isn't as nearly as strong as disc one but finishes with the epic 14 minute version of Do You Feel Like We Do (my favorite track on the thing). When the vinyl was originally released, I'm betting that side three wasn't played much, but that's just speculation on my part because that's what I would have done so I'd miss the bland Jumpin' Jack Flash cover.

Frampton's own track-by-track thoughts can be found here.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: see above

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