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1978: The Year the Rivers of Rock Began to Overflow

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2011 by 80smetalman

As I think back to this year, I remember that in some ways, 1978 appeared to be bleak. If you turned on many of the local radio stations, you were usually bombarded by a disco tune. Even the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney would incorporate disco into their sound. The thing was with Paul, I realise that Wings’ “Band On the Run” album was an album which I should have included in the past category as it was a great rock album in the 70s. But I digress, early that year, Hollywood unleashed “Saturday Night Fever” onto the world and it was easy to say why disco seemed to dominate music.

If disco being in its prime wasn’t bad enough, Hollywood dealt rock another blow with the release of what was now in my mind, a rather atrocious movie. “Sgt Pepper.” That film saw Peter Frampton who less than two years earlier made one of the premiere rock albums of the 1970s, join forces with the driving force of “Saturday Night Fever,” the BeeGees and make a movie consisting of covers from Beatles songs. To some, the greatest insult from this film was that Aerosmith also appeared in this film. Most conclude that it was to pay their drug dealers, although I really like their cover of the Beatles classic “Come Together.”

In spite of this apparent bleakness, there were rumblings in the wildrness. When I was able to fiddle with my radio, I could get the good rock stations coming out of Philadelphia. Rock bands were striking back with great albums that would go down into the annals of history. Furthermore, disco might have been in its prime, but little did we know was that it would die a death in less than three years. Meanwhile the gods of rock were hard at work at their anvils begining to forge a new type of music, heavy metal. It was 1978, where a some great bands would get their lift off and other bands would go onto influence artists of the next decade. So take a trip back to this year and you will see that 1978 truly was the year the rivers of rock began to burst their banks.

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Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Peter Frampton- Frampton Comes Alive

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by 80smetalman

“”Frampton Comes Alive,” everyone knows this album. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with boxes of Tide.”

Wayne Campbell

My copy of this album must have gotten lost in the mail because I never received it, although my mother did get her box of Tide. I never bought the album either, I didn’t have to. Practically everyone I know had a copy of it so whenever, I went to someone’s house in 1976 or 77, you could be assured that it was playing loud on the stereo. That is what happens when an album sells 6 million copies worldwide.

The thing “Frampton Comes Alive” is probably most famous for is Frampton’s use of the “talk box” on two of the songs. I still remember sitting in my Sophmore biology class listening to two of my classmates debate the merits of it. Even though the talk box was only used on two songs, it was enough to catapult the single “Show Me the Way” to number 6 in the US charts and number 10 in the UK. “Show Me the Way” wasn’t the only single from this album. The single “Baby I Love Your Way” reached 12 and 43 respectively in the US  and UK charts. Furthermore, it led to an entire generation, me included, trying to imitate his famous “Thank You” at the beginning of the song. Of course, many people like me can also relate to waking up in the morning feeling the same way as described in the single “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Track Listing:

1. Something’s Happening

2. Doobie Wah

3. Show Me The Way

4. It’s a Plain Shame

5.  All I Want to Be Is (By Your Side)

6. Winds of Change

7. Baby I Love Your Way

8. I Wanna Go to the Sun

9. Penny For Your Thoughts

10. (I’ll Give You) Money

11. Shine On

12. Jumping Jack Flash

13. Lines on My Face

14. Do You Feel Like We Do

Musiscians on the album:

Peter Frampton- guitar and vocals

Bob Mayo- guitars, piano, electric piano, organ

Stanley Sheldon- bass

John Siomos- drums

There were some good live album before “Frampton Comes Alive” and many more since, but none of them achieved the success this album did. For me, it was the first live album I listened to and it is why it will always be in my mind when anyone mentions great live albums.

Next post: I will be taking a break from the Great Rock Albums of the 70s series and will write about the great heavy metal love songs.

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