Why Frampton Comes Alive Is The GOAT

  • Опубліковано 21 лип 2022
  • In today's video I discuss the unique brilliance of Peter Frampton's 1976 masterpiece "Frampton Comes Alive!"
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  • Calfolk7
    Calfolk7  +136

    I always get goose bumps at the point in the song, “Do You Feel Like We Do” when the talk box solo’s end and Peter sings, “woahhhh”, leading into the final jam. It’s just so bitchen !

  • Gilded Poo

    When I was a kid, I remember first hearing that album and being completely blown away. I'm only 33 now, and it's a real shame how few of my generation know this album. It's a masterpiece.

  • Christopher Havasu

    This is the best overview of this double album... Thank you Rick for giving us Frampton fans a reason to fall in love with the Album all over again... Stay Gold!

  • Macktones
    Macktones  +81

    For me Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East is one of the greatest all time Rock/blues live recordings , straight guitar to amp no effects , you can here everything crystal clear, every tune executed well, incredibly tasteful lines, from Barry Oakley's bass to Gregs B-3 playing and the double percussions rhythmic phrasing was just stellar, the slide playing is other world , Duane was on the top of his game..they all were

  • kenzgramps

    Sonically, this album opened the eyes of many of us (I’m 6 yrs older than Rick) that had grown accustomed to the brilliant, but somewhat extreme guitarists of that time. Framptom brought a whole new level of professionalism to rock guitar. Distinct, clear, notes & cords, a happy onstage presence & songs that were simply fun!

  • John Pierce

    I remember the summer before the album came out. My best friend's sister flew up to visit cousins in the San Francisco area. When she got back, she told us all about this 'Day On The Green' concert they went to, and all about this amazing band she saw. She wouldn't shut up about how great they were. A few months later we got the chance to see for ourselves and went to see Frampton (and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Black Sabbath, and Brownsville Station) at an outdoor concert in San Bernadino. Being as we were smart, and sneaky, we brought a portable cassette recorder, a bag full of blank tapes, and as many 'C' cell batteries as we could afford, and we recorded all 4 bands. The 3 of us took turns holding that little microphone up in the air until our arms were numb.


    Peter Frampton is a criminally under-rated guitar master. Probably just because the songs were just SO DAMN GOOD !

  • Trevor Fisher

    I came across this album as a 12 year old wannabe singer and guitarist. We were poor, I had no guitar or mic, I had a tennis racquet and hairbrush on a broom and my bed was the stage. I borrowed the album from the library and just kept taking it out over and over again. I could sing the whole album note and word perfect, even the talking in between. A year later my (single) mum got me a Westone Thunder 1A guitar from a mail order weekly payment catalogue. Changed my life of course and that album remains a favourite 46 years later.

  • Wayne Harrison

    Frampton’s solos always remind me of little Billy from “The Family Circus” comics. Where most guitarists would go from point A to point B, he goes through the entire neighborhood on his way there.

  • Paul M
    Paul M  +110

    To my ear, Frampton usually imparts a subtle, jazzy quality to his solos. He also balances the minor and major chords so that his songs tend to have a more uplifting effect than so much of the harder rock of his era. I bought Comes Alive like everyone else at the time and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I wasn't really a huge fan until I finally saw him perform live many years later at a smaller club in 1995. I have to confess that I probably wouldn't have gone if my buddy hadn't insisted that we go. The seating was first-come, first-serve and we arrived early enough to get a small table on a balcony that put us about 10 feet above and 20 feet from stage left - it was absolutely the BEST seats in the house that night. I figured Frampton would put on a good performance, but I had NO IDEA how brilliant he would prove to be. I've always been drawn to hard-rocking bands, but on that night, Frampton took it to another level entirely, like no other performer I've ever seen. The strongest impression that's stayed with me all these years later is how he had the most joyful smile on his face all during that concert - it was obvious that he experienced huge enjoyment playing his songs to what was a very appreciative, enthusiastic audience. I'm getting goose-bumps all over again just recounting the experience!

  • Kt Haynes

    It was years before I began to appreciate Frampton's phrasing on his solos. Most all are in a major scale, except Lines on My Face, and so positive sounding. I was mostly caught by the biting gain of his solos that just grab you and hold you, and especially his use of the Leslie effect on solos. Just a fantastic album worth listening to regularly.

  • Donald Krone

    I love the way Rick breaks all of this down but for me Yessongs is the best live album ever. They play all of their best songs and the musicianship is just incredible. Think about it, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman Chris Squire and Alan White with Jon Anderson sounding great. The talent level is just unmatched.

  • Carlos Pereda

    Peter is a genius when it comes to solos. I was 14 years old when Frampton Comes Alive came out. His solos motivated me to play guitar. He's so melodic in his playing using the complicated Mixolydian and Dorian scales mixed with blues. Unbelievable guitar player. He's well respected as a great guitarist! He's number #1 in my book.

  • TheMolacho1

    This album was a worldwide phenomenon. As a kid in '76 I would hear it blasting from people's homes in the rural town of 10,000 population in Jalisco Mex.

  • Mike Homner

    Thank you Rick! I remember 6 months before this album came out, my friend turned me onto Frampton. He predicted Frampton was going to be the next big thing. This album was the standard for guitar playing throughout my high school years.

  • Stephane Poulin

    Deep Purple's Made In Japan is my favorite live rock album. I just listened to it again earlier today. The quality of musicianship from every member circa 1972 is only equaled by Led Zeppelin of that same general period in my opinion. Ian Gillan was out of this world back then - what a voice!

  • Robert Bleck

    Frampton Comes Alive was also notable in that the recording sounded immensely better than anything Frampton ever recorded in the studio. It was truly the great guitar era. Steve Hackett is one from that era that doesn't get much attention. He was doing the two handed tapping in 1972. (And credits many little known guitarists before him for originating it). He plays beautiful, powerful solos, but they just don't get mentioned. I think it's a number of things. First, he was shy and played sitting down so not much of a stage showman. Second, he often tried to make the guitar sound like other instruments, mostly classical strings. This caused many to think they were hearing Tony Banks on keyboards instead of the guitar. Finally, Petr Gabriel pretty much took all the oxygen in the room. BTW Seconds Out was another great live album, especially the drums.

  • Michael Turner

    With improvements in mobile recording equipment, the 70s and 80s became the golden age of live albums. There was also a mysterious element to them since you couldn't see the performance. You had to listen intently to figure out the gear, a riff, drum fill, or know what the crowd was doing, etc. Frampton Comes Alive embodies all of that along with great songs.

  • רוברט ויינגר

    You don't need 50 minutes to explain why Frampton Comes Alive is the best live album in history, i was 13 years old in 1976 when i heard on the radio a few songs from the album, then i bought the album and Frampton became to be my hero, there is no one who plays the voice box better than Peter Frampton, he simply was on fire when the live shows were recorded, not just him but all the band were on fire, the songs were played perfectly, the band had great energies and the crowd was fantastic, the version of the song Do You Feel Like We Do as recorded on the album FCA is one of the best guitar work i ever heard in my life, it's Peter Frampton at his very best, cheers!!!

  • MykeyOh

    this album was so MASSIVE when we were kids. So it became very easy to dismiss it as just another pre-disco 1970's "pop" album. In honor of my big sister's 65th birthday, I put it on for some fun nostalgia a few years back. I couldn't stop listening to it. The memories. Oh man. A GREAT ALBUM THAT STILL HOLDS UP.