Clash of the Titans – ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ vs. ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan’
They're responsible for two of the top-selling live albums in rock history -- and this summer, they're going on tour together -- so it only makes sense that Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick should end up going toe-to-toe in a Clash of the Titans.
That's right, rock fans: In this installment of our 100 percent fan-voted competition, we're pitting the career-defining 'Frampton Comes Alive!' against Cheap Trick's classic 'At Budokan' LP. Both albums sold millions during these acts' '70s heyday, but only one will emerge victorious from this contest -- and it's all up to you to decide.
Frampton struck first with 'Comes Alive!,' scoring one of the more unexpected smashes of 1976 with a double live LP that sent his post-Humble Pie solo career into overdrive just when it seemed like he might be forever destined to release middling-to-low-selling records like 1974's 'Somethin's Happening' and 1975's 'Frampton.' While he found it difficult to sustain the momentum he achieved with this release, it made Frampton a household name and cemented his status as one of rock's more talented and eclectic guitarists.
Two years later, Cheap Trick hit pay dirt with 'At Budokan,' another two-LP live set that arrived at a similarly opportune moment, reversing the band's disappointing U.S. commercial performance by presenting some of their best songs in a live setting -- and with the assistance of thousands of rabid overseas fans who hipped to the Trick years before the rest of the world caught up. Unlike 'Frampton Comes Alive!,' 'Budokan' didn't make it to the top of the charts, peaking at No. 4, but that may have been a blessing in the long run; unlike Frampton, Cheap Trick didn't have to contend with a Bee Gees-style backlash when it came time to deliver their follow-up.
So which multi-platinum live album gets your vote? You can cast your ballot once every hour between now and 11:59PM ET on Feb. 8. Check out music from both records below.
Listen to 'Frampton Comes Alive!'
Listen to 'Cheap Trick at Budokan'
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