Jim Morrison once waxed on wax about how “the future is uncertain and the end is always near.” Well if that’s the true-be-all-end-all-whatsit statement folks, then it’s a good thing that music is always near to help with the confusion. No matter what the mood or attitude of the homosapien: mad, glad, depressed, morose, lively, ebullient, ragtag, etc., music is always a welcome addition regardless of what’s going on or what’s going down. This year’s crop of sonic comestibles should take care of anyone feeling hi-fi or lo-hi; either way, all of them are welcome additions under the tree or near the menorah or whatever your late year holiday preference may be. Human beings have so many choices to choose from these days, and here’s some more below.
Peter Frampton‘s Frampton Comes Alive!, undisputedly one of the greatest rock and roll live albums of the 1970s, turns 40 today.
Originally released on January 6, 1976 as a 2-record set, Frampton Comes Alive!, unexpectedly catapulted the young musician into the success stratosphere. The British-born former Humble Pie guitarist had previously released solo albums to no fanfare in America, but his double-live album saw radio and chart hits with “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and the lengthy, guitar de force “Do you Feel like We Do,” replete with voice box and axe histrionics which sent the live audience into a frenzy.
Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore, with all its pumped up, sonically dirty cannon fire of rock and roll by the classic powerhouse quartet Humble Pie, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.
Led by the soulfully aggressive and pained gritty vocals of the late Steve Marriott (who remains one of the great unsung rock and roll singers in music history), and complimented by the razor sharp guitar notes and riffs from Peter Frampton (who later went on to his own dizzying superstardom), Humble Pie took what Led Zeppelin did, mixed it with some of the sounds of Marriott’s former group The Small Faces, and presented it hot off the blues/rock presses. Each studio album released by the band was met with more and more success, here stateside and overseas in their homeland of Britain.
One of the great live rock and roll albums of the 1970s is only on sale for only $3.99 right now! Amazon is offering up a MP3 version of Peter Frampton‘s Frampton Comes Alive! in a fantastic deal. This is the 35th anniversary deluxe edition, which means that 19 songs right now are available for instant download.
Frampton Comes Alive!, which was originally released as a 2-record set back in 1976, unexpectedly catapulted the young Frampton, born of English heritage and had been in Humble Pie and had released solo albums to no fanfare in America, into the success stratosphere, with radio and chart hits “Show Me the Way,” “Baby I Love Your Way,” and the lengthy and guitar de force “Do you Feel like We Do,” replete with voice box and axe histrionics which sent the live audience into a frenzy.