Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Peter Frampton - Best of FCA! 35 Tour: More Alive Than Ever!
There are those that don't dig Peter Frampton - and they are wrong, it's that simple. He has been guitar player enough for both Steve Marriott and David Bowie. He's had an incredible solo career by any measure, being a great guitarist, a fine writer, excellent singer, and his skills are as sharp as they were the first time he came alive.
I've seen loads of shows by acts who haven't had big hits in years, some with memberships in tact, some made up of farm club level players, some who've never been off the road, and some who went missing at varying junctures, and some, like Peter Frampton, who have just always kept playing through it all. Ups and downs are apart of the game, and few experience it with more grace than this gregarious Englishman. He's made great records when few were listening, but for the last few seasons his stock has been steadily rising, and this record is the perfect capper for this chapter.
The first disc is, of course, the doppelganger of the greatest selling live album of all time, Frampton Comes Alive, and while it doesn' sound quite as airy and light as the original, that's exactly what I like about it. I always thought it sounded a little light, and maybe a bit immature - Frampton has aged very well, and he wears this material like a tailored suit. His guitar playing may be better than ever, and his voice has an ease and grace that makes it easy to understand why his shows still sell out with such regularity.
This one really took me by surprise - I knew it would be pleasant and enjoyable, but I wasn't planning on being blown away, but I am. This isn't a trip down memory lane, it's a great three disc live album by an artist who is as valid today as he was in 1976.
Thanks for blowing my mind, Peter.