By: Gary Graff
Frampton -- as in Peter Frampton -- comes alive again on Tuesday (November 35) with a set of releases from his 2011-12 FCA 35 Tour, celebrating the 35th anniversary of his landmark "Frampton Comes Alive" album.
Frampton is releasing a DVD/Blu-ray set, "FCA 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton," along with a three-CD set, "Best of FCA! 35 Tour," that includes the entire 1976 album plus a set of material from the rest of his career dating back to Humble Pie all the way through to 2010's "Thank You, Mr. Churchill" album.
The difference, Frampton tells us, is that while the video releases hail from just two shows -- at the Beacon Theater in New York City and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, he trolled through all 116 shows from the tour to compile the CD -- although that wasn't how he originally planned to do it.
"We had about 38 (shows) we felt were good or great," Frampton explains.
"I started there...and there were a couple of the highlighted ones that I wasn't feeling, so I started to go where no man has gone before, into the entire 116. It was a lengthy process, but I'm so thrilled I did it. I really am. That's just me; I can't leave a stone unturned. I felt, 'If I just listen to one more night of 'All I Wanna Be,' I'll find the one that I really think is something special.' I've done that before on various live things I've done, and it seems to work for me, so why not?"
Frampton is currently working on new music for a performance he's doing with the Cincinnati Ballet on April 26-27; that may be released as an EP, and he's planning another tour for the summer of 2013.
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