Prior to Jan. 6, 1976, the highest charting album Peter Frampton had is in solo …

Written by on January 6, 2018


Prior to Jan. 6, 1976, the highest charting album Peter Frampton had is in solo career reached #32 on the Billboard charts. That was about to change.

On Jan. 6, 1976, Peter released his double live LP “Frampton Comes Alive!”. Following four solo albums with little commercial success, “Frampton Comes Alive!” was a breakthrough for the artist.

The album debuted on the charts at 191. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US and becoming one of the best-selling live albums to date, with estimated sales of 11 million worldwide.

Frampton Comes Alive! was voted “Album of the year” in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still No. 14 on Billboard’s 1977 year-end album chart.

The biggest songs from the album are “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, and “Do You Feel Like We Do”, all of which were released as singles, and continue to receive much airplay on classic rock radio stations.

The album was recorded in summer and fall 1975, primarily at Winterland in San Francisco and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York, as well as a concert on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in Plattsburgh, New York. The Winterland recordings were recorded on a 24 track master recorder. Other concerts were recorded on a 16 track recorder. Recordings from four different shows were used for the original album.

The live album was originally intended as a single LP disc, but at the suggestion of A&M Records additional shows were recorded and the album expanded to two LPs for release.

The double album was released in the US with a special reduced list price of $7.98, only $1.00 more than the standard $6.98 of most single-disc albums in 1976.

Do you still have your copy of the vinyl or did you get it on tape?

Happy 42nd Birthday to “Frampton Comes Alive!”!!




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