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Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive!
is a double live album by English rock musician Peter Frampton
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, and often receive airplay on classic rock radio stations. Following four solo albums with little commercial success, Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive!
was a breakthrough for the artist. Released on January 6, 1976, it debuted on the charts at 191. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 8 million copies in the US[1] and becoming one of the best-selling live albums to date, with estimated sales of 11 million worldwide.[2] Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive!
was voted "Album Of The Year" in the 1976 Rolling Stone
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 41 on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Live Albums of All Time" list.[3]


1 Background and recording 2 Release 3 Reception 4 Track listing

4.1 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

5 Personnel 6 Charts

6.1 Album 6.2 Singles

7 Certifications 8 References

Background and recording[edit] The album was recorded in summer and fall 1975, primarily at Winterland
in San Francisco and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York, as well as a concert on the SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Plattsburgh
campus in Plattsburgh, New York. The Winterland
songs were recorded on a 24 track master recorder. Other concerts were captured on a 16-track recorder. Recordings from four shows were used for the original album. Master tapes were recorded at 15 inches per second using professional Dolby "A" noise reduction.[4] The live album had been intended to be a single LP disc, but at the suggestion of A&M Records additional shows were recorded and the album expanded to two LPs for release. On the special features for the "Live in Detroit" concert DVD, Frampton commented that some difficulty was encountered in the mixing after the cord to the bass drum mic was pulled, accidentally causing the microphone to face at a 90-degree angle from the drum head. During the concerts, Frampton principally used a distinctive black custom Gibson Les Paul
Les Paul
electric guitar (with three humbucking pick-ups as opposed to the usual two).[5] On In the Studio with Redbeard, Frampton said "the album is mostly live except for the first verse of 'Something's Happening', the rhythm electric guitar on 'Show Me the Way' (the talk-box came out but the engineer forgot to move the mike) and the intro piano on 'I Wanna Go to the Sun' were fixed in the studio but the rest was all live (all the guitar solos, acoustic guitars, electric keyboards, drums, bass guitar and rest of vocals) which was unheard of at the time".[6] Release[edit] The double album was released in the US with a special reduced list price of $7.98, only $1.00 more than the standard $6.98 of most single-disc albums in 1976. The album was pressed in "automatic sequence", with sides one and four on one record, followed by sides two and three on the other. This arrangement was intended to make it easier to listen through the whole album in sequence on automatic record changers. Three hit singles were released from the album: "Baby, I Love Your Way", "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "Show Me the Way". The talk box guitar effect became strongly associated with Frampton when it was heard on the latter two singles. The "Do You Feel Like We Do" single version was edited to 7:19 from the 14:15 album version. But even at just over seven minutes, it is about twice the length of the average hit single and one of the longest ever to make the top 40 (even The Beatles' "Hey Jude" ran 7:11). The B-side of "Do You Feel Like We Do", the acoustic instrumental "Penny for Your Thoughts", was the shortest song on Frampton Comes Alive at just 1:23. In January 2001, a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album was released, containing four additional tracks that were not included on the original version (although one of these was recorded in a radio studio as part of a broadcast, and does not form part of the main concert programme). The track sequence is also significantly different, to more accurately reflect the set list used in the original concerts. Frampton produced the completely remixed and extended album, and played an impromptu live performance with the original band from the album at Tower Records in Los Angeles to help promote the release. Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic link

Robert Christgau B− link

It was welcomed by all the new fans as well as the old fans. Track listing[edit] All songs written by Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
except as noted. Timings are from the original LP release. Subsequent versions, such as CD versions, had different timings. This was likely decided by whoever mastered the CD and whether a track ended with the song itself or after applause following the song.

Side one

"Introduction/Something's Happening" – 5:54 "Doobie Wah" (Frampton, John Headley-Down, Rick Wills) – 5:28 "Show Me the Way" – 4:42 "It's a Plain Shame" – 4:21

Side two

"All I Want to Be (Is by Your Side)" – 3:27 "Wind of Change" – 2:47 "Baby, I Love Your Way" – 4:43 "I Wanna Go to the Sun" – 7:02

Side three

"Penny for Your Thoughts" – 1:23 "(I'll Give You) Money" – 5:39 "Shine On" – 3:35 "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 7:45

Side four

"Lines on My Face" – 7:06 "Do You Feel Like We Do" (Frampton, Mick Gallagher, John Siomos, Rick Wills) – 14:15

25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc one

"Introduction/Something's Happening" – 5:56

Originally titled "Baby (Somethin's Happening)" on Frampton's 1974 album Somethin's Happening

"Doobie Wah" (Frampton, Rick Wills, John Headley-Down) – 5:43 "Lines on My Face" – 6:59 "Show Me the Way" – 4:32 "It's a Plain Shame" – 4:03 "Wind of Change" – 2:57 "Just the Time of Year" – 4:21

Available only on the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

"Penny for Your Thoughts" – 1:34 "All I Want to Be (Is By Your Side)" – 3:08 "Baby, I Love Your Way" – 4:41 "I Want to Go to the Sun" – 7:15

Disc two

"Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby)" – 4:49

Available only on the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

"(I'll Give You) Money" – 5:46 "Do You Feel Like We Do" (Frampton, Mick Gallagher, John Siomos, Wills) – 13:46

SUNY-Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, November 22, 1975

"Shine On" – 3:29 "White Sugar" – 4:43

Available only on the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

"Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 7:40 "Day's Dawning/Closing" – 3:34

Available only on the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition


Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
– lead vocals, lead guitar, talkbox in "Do You Feel Like We Do" and "Show Me The Way" Bob Mayo
Bob Mayo
– rhythm guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, vocals Stanley Sheldon – bass guitar, vocals John Siomos – drums

Charts[edit] Album[edit]

Year Chart Position

1976 US Billboard 200 1

Canadian RPM 100 1

UK Album chart 6


Year Single Chart Position

1976 "Baby, I Love Your Way" US Pop Singles 12

UK Pop Singles 43

"Do You Feel Like We Do" US Pop Singles 10

UK Pop Singles 39

"Show Me the Way" US Pop Singles 6

UK Pop Singles 10


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

United States (RIAA)[9] 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. RIAA. Retrieved 4 January 2017.  ^ Samuel, Lawrence R. (2009-07-01). Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Wealth Culture. American Management Association. p. 176. Retrieved 2014-03-21.  ^ "50 Greatest Live Albums". rollingstone.com.  ^ Frampton Comes Alive In 5.1 – Mixonline.com ^ Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
Interview by Steven Rosen. Modern Guitars Magazine November 21, 2008 ^ Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
Comes Alive 40th Anniversary ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
– Frampton Comes Alive". Music Canada.  ^ "British album certifications – PETER FRAMPTON – FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE in the search field and then press Enter. ^ "American album certifications – FRAMPTON, PETER – FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE!". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Preceded by Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
by Eagles Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album April 10, 1976 – April 16, 1976 July 24, 1976 – July 30, 1976 August 14, 1976 – September 3, 1976 September 11, 1976 – October 15, 1976 Succeeded by Wings at the Speed of Sound
Wings at the Speed of Sound
by Wings

Preceded by Greatest Hits by Nazareth Canadian RPM 100 number-one album April 10, 1976 (one week) July 24 - September 4, 1976 (seven weeks) September 25 – October 2, 1976 (two weeks) November 27 – December 11, 1976 (three weeks) January 15 – February 5, 1977 (three weeks) Succeeded by Rock n' Roll Love Letter by Bay City Rollers

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Billboard Year-End number one albums


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My Fair Lady
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& the Tijuana Brass 1967: More of the Monkees
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– War 1974: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
– Elton John 1975: Greatest Hits – Elton John


1976: Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive!
– Peter Frampton 1977: Rumours – Fleetwood Mac 1978: Saturday Night Fever – Soundtrack 1979: 52nd Street – Billy Joel 1980: The Wall
The Wall
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Peter Frampton

Studio albums

Wind of Change Frampton's Camel Somethin's Happening Frampton I'm in You Where I Should Be Breaking All the Rules The Art of Control Premonition When All the Pieces Fit Peter Frampton Now Fingerprints Thank You Mr. Churchill

Extended plays

Rise Up

Live albums

Frampton Comes Alive! Frampton Comes Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive!


"Show Me the Way" "Baby, I Love Your Way" "Do You Feel Like We Do" "I'm in You" "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"

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