In 1976, I was in a state of waiting for some kind of good music to come along. I had just entered college and got sucked into the Modern Jazz sickness that had been going around. Prog rock had reached comatose levels and I was sick of rock music.
When I looked back on the events of this day in music history, it’s no surprise to find the biggest event of the day was the release of the double live album called “Frampton Comes Alive” by a virtually unknown Peter Frampton.
His golden locks graced the cover. Every track had screaming fans at his concerts. I had barely heard of the guy and he had screaming fans? I found out he was once the guitarist of Humble Pie. A band I kind of liked in my high school days. I had no idea.
As it turned out, Frampton Comes Alive was quite successful. It got played ad nauseam throughout the summer of 76 and became a classic live album. I believe one of the best-selling live albums of all time.
I liked the album, but didn’t love it. I never understood it’s attraction, other than the “cute rock star” look Frampton seemed to possess.
Frankly, I thought it was quite a lame record at the time. I recall my friends and I making fun of it. screaming “Thangyou” a la Frampton at each other every chance we got.
Over the years, I found there were some fairly decent parts on that album, and Peter Frampton is quite a good guitarist.
of course, it turned out to be the beginning and the end of his career.
So, Do You feel like I do?