Somebody please explain the difference between Frampton Comes Alive, the live Frampton experience, or Frampton’s greatest hits. The fact is, all three entities overlap, and any performance by the one-time “Face of ’68” is bound to include elements of each. So after the recent revival/recreation/revisit of Frampton’s big breakthrough, he now faces the possibility of simply returning to journeyman status.
Which isn’t such a bad thing considering the crowd he packed in during this 1999 performance captured here on DVD. Graying, balding, bespectacled and yet still retaining his irrepressible youthful appearance on the cusp of turning the big 5-0, he’s as charming and cheery as ever. In that vein, he provides the expected (“Show Me the Way,” “ Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do”), various catalogue staples (“Something’s Happening,” “Lines On My Face,” “I Don’t Need No Doctor”) and a few onetime novelties (new song “If You Say Goodbye,” the relatively rare “Oh For Another Day”). Frampton fanatics — and mind you, it’s evident from this that there are plenty of them — already know what to expect, and it’s likely this stunning live set will satisfy to the max.
For those on the fence, it’s worth the experience to see why Frampton remains one of the most fluid guitarists rock’s ever witnessed. (Hearing his stunning riffs on a track like “Lying” is all that’s needed to convince) A bonus interview with the man himself offers added insight for those still in need of the backstory. Suffice it to say, in getting back to basics, Frampton confirms that in the end the music is all that matters.