Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2012 // 189 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // December 25th, 2012
Peter, we love your way.
Just that name conjures images of a long haired rocker and one of the biggest albums of the 1970s, "Frampton Comes Alive!" Over the years Frampton's name has become kind of a joke, synonymous with huge success that can disappear overnight. In 1976 Frampton's breakthrough album made him an enormous success (selling six million copies), but his subsequent albums never lived up to the hype of "Frampton Comes Alive". Peter Frampton went from being in a seminal band (Humble Pie) to the "next big thing" to a teen idol to a "where are they now" trivia question, all in the span of a few years. Although Frampton would never again become the star he once was in the mid-70s, he went on to release multiple albums and continued touring throughout the years. In the last few years it seems that the music industry has given Frampton more love, never more evident that the release of this excellent Blu-ray concert disc.
FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton finds the singer-songwriter in fine form performing some of his best loved hits. The first part of the concert (filmed live at both the Beacon Theater in New York City and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the seminal "Frampton Comes Alive" album played front to back while the second half features Frampton and his band covering songs spanning the artist's lengthy career. Many of Frampton's hits are given an almost updated sound; tunes like "Show me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way" retain their mellow '70s vibe but have are given a modern day overhaul that make them sound as if they were written in just the past few years. Other songs like "Four Day Creep" show off Frampton's bluesy side (and that he can still play a guitar with the best of them) while Frampton's newer material, while not as familiar, still sounds catchy and fun.
There are a lot of fascinating selections on this disc, most surprisingly Frampton's instrumental cover of grunge legend Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and his rendition of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". It's obvious that Frampton is having a lot of fun onstage jamming out to his original songs and songs that have inspired him as an artist. There is a joyous infection in this concert; you can sense that Frampton has become comfortable with his past and his place in music history. Even better is that his songs have aged particularly well and at almost three hours in length you won't want for much with this live concert.
FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p high definition. The picture quality on this release is very pleasing to the eye -- the colors and black levels all have a realistic pop to them. The transfer (shot in HD on video) is crystal clear and should please Frampton fans the world over. The soundtrack is presented in DT-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround in English. This is a great sound mix that features an aggressive, playful audio mix that will blow the speakers off your home theater system. Also included are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The only bonus feature included on this disc is a bonus track for the song "The Phoenix."
Frampton's heyday may have come and gone, but it's nice to see that the singer is still kicking around the country making music. His life has been fraught with highs and lows (including a near fatal car crash and multiple divorces), but Frampton sounds alive and electric on FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton. This high definition concert is worth of any music fan's attention.
Undoubtedly a rocking good time.
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Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 189 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Song