FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE!
Perhaps no one artist epitomizes the classic 70s rock era more than Peter Frampton.
Frampton had already established himself as a rock star even before the 70s were well underway with his adventures with The Herd (being voted ‘Face of the Year’ in 1968) and Humble Pie (alongside the late legendary Steve Marriott). Frampton was a triple threat – good looking, equally talented vocalist and lead guitarist, with catchy tunes to boot!
But his 1976 double live album Frampton Comes Alive would encapsulate all his achievements into one handy package which shifted 16 million copies and made Frampton a household name.
For me, the defining moments here are the single hits – Show Me The Way – with the distinctive ‘talkbox’ guitar effect and infectious chorus, the breezy Baby I Love Your Way and the bluesy Do You Feel Like We Do. More than that, Frampton’s style would combine pop, rock, jazz, folk, blues and soul in varying measures which reflected the dizzying eclectic sound of the times.
To this day, Frampton Comes Alive is the go-to album when I need reminding why I love 70s rock the most.