Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive! Vinyl Album Reissue

Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive! Vinyl Album Reissue

The tide of vinyl reissues continues, not only unabated but apparently gathering speed. This month, the recording at hand is one of Universal’s “Back to Black” series of classic rock reissues “celebrating” the 60th anniversary of the vinyl record. The sticker on the outside of this attractively packaged release promises “Premium audiophile pressing on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl in all original packaging!”. I’m not by nature a cynic, but my experiences with other labels’ promises of audiophile quality sound and weighty slabs of vinyl have been, well, inconsistent, ranging from the superlative to the frankly disappointing.

Everyone knows this 1976 album right? Well, if you were a teen in the seventies, it would have been difficult to miss. Like most, I remember a number of hits from the album (Show Me the Way, Baby I Love Your Way, Do You Feel Like We Do), a result of the incessant radio play that they received at the time. But to be honest, this is an album I never owned. It may be unfair, but I always viewed Peter Frampton as, well, kind of a chick-friendly rock star…that is, girls really liked him mainly because he was cute. Was there a 16 year old red-blooded male who would have put up his hand and said that he loved Baby, I Love Your Way? It’s a song that competes for twee-ness with similar soppy efforts like Paul McCartney’s  Silly Love Songs. Didn’t like ‘em then, don’t like‘em now.

Nonetheless, I relished the opportunity to hear what Universal has done with this seminal Frampton work, and broadly speaking I have not been disappointed. First the performance: A good live performance, featuring versions of a number of songs that work better in concert than in the studio. He’s a very talented guitarist, Frampton is, and on this album he does not overdo the talkbox, which can become annoying really quickly. read more…

Steely Dan and Peter Frampton Surround SACDs Released

Steely Dan and Peter Frampton Surround SACDs Released

Universal Music has released two long awaited Multichannel SACDs this week by Steely Dan and Peter Frampton. The new SACDs are Steely Dan’s album Gaucho and the multi-million selling album Frampton Comes Alive! Both SACDs feature SACD Surround Sound and SACD Stereo tracks, with Gaucho also offering a CD Audio track for compatibility with CD players. Universal also announced some additional release dates for upcoming SACDs, including October release dates for The Who’s “Tommy” and Ludacris’ “Chickens and Beer” albums on Multichannel SACD disc. read more…

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