Have a look in your old record collection. I’m guessing you’ve probably got a copy of Frampton Comes Alive! in there. As Wayne Campbell said,
Exqueese me? Have I seen this one before? “Frampton Comes Alive”? Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of “Tide”.
It was as a child that I first discovered the album and the magic it contained. I was always particularly drawn to the slow-burning live performance of Do You Feel Like I Do?, filled with Frampton’s distinctive talk-box guitar.
When I was a kid, I used to call into The Wolf every Saturday night, back when Karen Rose would do the All Request Saturday Night, and request that song. Sure, it was upwards of 14 minutes long (which I’ve now learned really throws off the schedule), but she’d play it for me every time, because I sounded like some cute 11-year-old kid… Which I was.
So when I read today that Peter Frampton has been hard at work re-recording some of his classic songs as acoustic numbers – including that one – I was naturally very interested. What would he do in the place of all that talk-boxing? Or did he devise some sort of way to use an acoustic guitar with a talk box? THAT would be cool.
However, he kind of went the other way with it, telling Huffington Post, “The approach I took on this was that each song came across as if you are the first person to hear this song after I wrote it. I had to reverse engineer each song in order to get this result, which I feel I achieved.”
Huffington Post featured this exclusive look at a live performance of the new take on Baby I Love Your Way. I’m not sure if I SHOULD share it since they included the word “exclusive,” but YouTube is still letting me embed the video, so they can change that if they’ve got a problem. Check it out!
And for those of you, like me, who wonder how he tackled Do You Feel Like I Do?, fortunately Frampton has posted a video of a live performance of that on Facebook… And it sounds pretty fantastic – even without the talkbox!
That live performance is actually a different version than is on the album. That one features bass in it as well:
Now they just need to work out another deal to get this sent out with samples of Tide!