On this day in music history: January 6, 1976 …

On this day in music history: January 6, 1976 – “Frampton Comes Alive!”, the fifth album by Peter Frampton is released (UK release is February 13, 1976). Produced by Peter Frampton, it is recorded at Winterland in San Francisco, CA, Marin Civic Center, in San Rafael, CA, Long Island Arena in Commack, LI, NY, and SUNY Plattsburgh, in Plattsburgh, NY on June 13 – 14, August 24, and November 22, 1975. After four moderately successful solo releases, Peter Frampton decides to record a live album during the tour to support his fourth studio album “Frampton”. Having scored a major success with his former band Humble Pie with the live album “Performance – Rockin’ At The Fillmore”, A&M Records signs off on the idea of Frampton making the live record. Feeling that he is on precarious ground with his record label after his previous albums have only sold modestly, Frampton decides to play it safe and make the album a single LP instead. The musician invites A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss to Electric Lady Studios in New York to hear the results. Initially the album only consists of five songs with the tracks “Lines On My Face” and “Do You Feel Like We Do” taking up the entire second side. Moss likes what he hears, but asks Frampton why certain other songs have not been included. The label boss gives him the go ahead to return to the road and record more material, expanding it to a 2 LP set. The fourteen track double album is Frampton’s long awaited breakthrough, successfully capturing the full excitement and electricity of his musicianship that had eluded him on his studio albums. “Frampton Comes Alive!” makes the twenty five year old guitarist a pop cultural phenomenon, spinning off three hit singles, including “Show Me The Way” (#6 Pop), “Do You Feel Like We Do” (#10 Pop), and “Baby I Love Your Way” (#12 Pop). “Frampton Comes Alive” becomes one of the biggest selling live albums of all time, and surpasses A&M Records’ previous best seller, Carole King’s “Tapestry” in under a year.  It is also the first album in history to sell over a million copies in the cassette and 8-Track tape formats alone. “Alive!” is reissued on CD in 2001 as a two disc deluxe edition restoring four songs to the album not included on the original release, also re-sequencing it to the order that the songs were originally performed in concert. It is also remastered and reissued on vinyl in 2008, making it available in that format for the first time in nearly twenty years. “Frampton Comes Alive!” spends ten weeks at number one (non-consecutive) on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.