Frampton Comes Alive Becomes A Letdown....

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bluesman Mark, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me! Thread Starter

    Like practically everyone else circa 1976, I loved this album. I played it for years, & his subsequent failure afterwards is one of the great puzzles of that era for me. Yes, in part it was due to a rushed out follow up & mismanagement, but he never really got over the stigma of I'm In You, Where I Should Be, Breaking All The Rules, etc.

    Anyhow, I guess I gradually played it less & less by the mid 80s & hadn't ever replaced it when I went from vinyl to CDs in 1990. I got a copy of it on CD cheap a while back at Walmart & bought it. And though I still like it, it really hasn't held up for me after all this time has passed. It's still pleasant enough & worth a listen, but I suppose that misguided nostalgia made me forget how lightweight it is. This was one album that did not age well, at least for me.
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  2. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Why this album was so special?
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  3. featheredfiend

    featheredfiend Forum Resident

    Morris Plains, NJ
    I still love it - just listened to it the other day in fact, but I totally get where you’re coming from. I’ve had similar feelings about other LP’s I grew up with in the mid-70’s.
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  4. ConradH

    ConradH Forum Resident

    Canandaigua, NY
    Never liked it, never understood why it was so popular. Seemed like it could have been much more than it ended up.
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  5. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me! Thread Starter

    After 44 years I really can't tell you what made it take off like it did. I wish I remembered myself.
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  6. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me! Thread Starter

    :D :laugh: :biglaugh:

    That's brilliant!! :D :righton:
  7. antonkk

    antonkk Senior Member

    Truly one of WTF? phenomenons in pop history.
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  8. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me! Thread Starter

    This is one of a few for me, & I still like it, but nothing like I did back then.
  9. Huge album in its time and a real breakthrough for Frampton but , as you say , it hasn't aged well.
    I don't have it anymore and have no interest in hearing it again. I do have a double-CD Frampton collection which has a handful of cuts from it and that's plenty.

    Anyway, I always preferred his solo debut' Wind of Change ' which is a fine album.
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  11. CoachD

    CoachD Forum Resident

    I also just picked up a CD copy. I pretty much agree that it's fine but not completely magical like the sales figures would indicate. The radio hits are hits. A lot of the rest seemed a little average to my more "hard rock" ears.

    Humble Pie's Fillmore has probably aged better for my taste.
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  12. BornBeforeTheWind

    BornBeforeTheWind Forum Resident

    It's a funny phenomena. Sometimes an album just takes off, and everyone buys it, and it becomes a sort of time capsule. Bat Out of Hell, Cracked Rear View, that Shania Twain album. There's a bunch more. Everyone buys it and at some point they collectively put it away forever.
  13. rebellovw

    rebellovw Forum Resident

    Prescott, AZ
    I loved that album and played it constantly. I saw him around 3 years ago live and he did most of the songs. It was amazing.

    He seems very happy.
  14. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    Double live album with good cover art. It promised more than it delivered.
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  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    I don't know what you guys are on about. FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE is a great album. Play it loud from the original A&M vinyl. The digital versions sound like dogs**t.
  16. kaztor

    kaztor Music Is The Best!

    I got to know it fairly recently, so it doesn’t sound dated at all to me. I like it fine, great atmosphere and all.

    Every copy I tried ordering on Amazon skips at track #8. Seems to be a mispressing they have on stock.
  17. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Easily my favorite Framptom albums are I'm In You and Breaking All the Rules. The latter is my absolute favorite. I never got on with Frampton Live, it's just so inoffensive, lacks edge. it's AOR that never interested me in the slightest.
  18. Trainspotting

    Trainspotting Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    It's always just been okay for me. The hits remain good but there's not too much else there when you dig deep. "Something's Happening" and "I'll Give You Money" are all right, maybe "Penny for Your Thoughts" in a pinch - but there's too many better double live '70s LPs for me to spend too much time with this one.
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  19. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    "Do You Feel Like We Do" is always a fun listen..........probably the only use of voice box I like.
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  21. Nomadicarchivist

    Nomadicarchivist Forum Resident

    Washington D.C.
    STILL LOVE that album but could never get into his studio work.

    Damn shame Steve Marriott was such a mess.. That was one reunion that could have rocked
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  22. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    My uncle had that album. I never got into it, but I will say that when I've heard "Do You Feel..." on the radio I've noticed that Frampton plays some fine guitar (before he gets into the talk box stuff).
  23. zphage

    zphage inappropriately touching the out of touch

    It would have been a great Humble Pie album.
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  24. ellingtonic

    ellingtonic Forum Resident

    I really enjoyed it as a kid, but it hasn't aged that well for me.

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