Music legend Peter Frampton created what is one of the most talked about live albums in modern music history in Frampton Comes Alive in 1976. Thirty-six years after the release of that landmark live release, the guitarist has shown that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks. For that matter, he also shows that he’s got plenty of new tricks to teach his audiences on the new live release, FCA!35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton.
FCA!35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton was filmed during the band’s 2011/2012 tour celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the album’s release. It was filmed at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and at New York’s iconic Beacon Theater. The two shows come together for a performance that’s just as enjoyable and impressive as Frampton’s original live release. The first half of the show features Peter and company performing that album in its entirety and in order. Audiences will be amazed at how strong classic standards such as ‘Doobie Wah’, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’ and ‘Do You Feel Like We Do.’ And just as impressive is the band’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’ Being that the Stones are now celebrating their 50th anniversary together, it was likely just coincidence that Frampton decided on this cover. But the timing of having this cover is pretty interesting. It goes without saying that Peter and company paid proper honor both to the song and the Stones with his take on the song.
The band’s cover of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ isn’t the only cover included in this standout collection of performances. There’s also an incredible cover of Ida Cox’s blues standard, ‘Four Day Creep.’ Frampton shares vocal duties here with band mates Rob Arthur (keyboards) and Adam Lester (guitars). All three do an impressive job in their turn, too, sounding like seasoned blues vocalists. Peter even shows that while he has definitely gotten older over the years, he can still smoke the strings. That is for certain. Viewers’ jaws will drop seeing the control he has over his instrument.
Just as interesting as the cover of ‘Four Day Creep’ is the band’s cover of Soundgarden’s (yes that Soundgarden) ‘Black Hole Sun.’ This cover is a full on instrumental cover. There are no vocals here, although the original has vocals. Frampton’s take on this grunge classic is original to say the least. His band mates show they’re just as praiseworthy as Frampton on this cover. That’s especially the case with drummer Dan Wojciechowski. His performance would make Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron proud. Add in some rather interesting visuals on the video screens behind the band, and audiences get what is definitely one of the standout performances in this new release. Yes it seems minor, but even the visuals play a role in the performance. The visual here is a large mass of what is perhaps a sun like object exploding. As it explodes, it changes color and shape throughout the song. It’s a rather subliminal visual. But it works to help add that extra something to the song.
The band’s covers of ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Four Day Creep’ mixed with the performances of its own original works goes a long way toward showing the band’s versatility. It proves that not just Frampton himself, but the entire band still has some new tricks. So much more could be noted of the songs included in this collection. But that would take far too long as one should also note the video and audio quality of the performances included here. The picture and sound are both crystal clear. And those with Blu-ray players and HD TV’s will especially see just how clear the picture is. Combine that with expert camera work and the equally expert performance from the band, and home viewers get yet another outstanding live release from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
FCA!35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Eagle Rock’s website at http://www.eaglerockent.com. And for all the latest from Peter Frampton, fans can check out his website, http://www.frampton.com or “Like” him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PeterFrampton. Fans can also get the latest news and more from Peter on his Myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/peterframpton.
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