Peter Frampton

Shine on the Shrine

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Because many artists go their entire careers without recording a live album -- let alone a definitive live album -- collectors have often argued that there will always be a need for bootlegs. And they will also argue that even if an artist has provided an official live album that's truly definitive -- Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive and Kiss' first Alive! are two obvious examples -- there is still a need for bootlegs by that artist. For Frampton, there was no topping Frampton Comes Alive, which is definitely his crowning achievement. Most Frampton collectors would agree that Frampton Comes Alive is superb and definitive, but that doesn't prevent them from wanting a bootleg like Shine on the Shrine as well. Recorded live at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 22, 1976, this bootleg LP it isn't as strong a document of Frampton on stage as Frampton Comes Alive and offers sound quality that is so-so. Chances are that Shine on the Shrine was taped using a portable home recorder, albeit a good one. Frampton is in fine form at the Shrine, embracing "Show Me the Way," "Doobie Wah," "(I'll Give You) Money," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and other gems that are also on Frampton Comes Alive. In the '70s, Frampton was someone who lived for the stage, and his enthusiasm is hard to miss on these performances. Nonetheless, Shine on the Shrine didn't appeal to casual listeners when it came out in 1976, and its imperfect sound makes it less than essential. While Frampton Comes Alive is recommended to anyone with even a casual interest in the singer/guitarist, Shine on the Shrine is strictly for his hardcore fans.