For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Frampton Comes Alive on KZEW on July 4, 1975

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It's perhaps the most common request among the Friends of Unfair Park: Where oh where is Peter Frampton's January Sound Studios sessions, which aired on KZEW back in February of '75? The complete show too -- not just "Do You Feel Like I Do," the version of which hopped to the top of the local pops long before Frampton Comes Alive hit your neighborhood Peaches. Long story short: Dunno.

But this much I can offer right now: Frampton's return to Dallas and The Zoo a mere five months later, when he played the Electric Ballroom -- the same venue at Industrial and Cadiz where Freddie King recorded this posthumously released essential one year earlier. (Others who played the Electric Ballroom -- which had been the Aragon Ballroom and was located across from the Sportatorium -- included Bruce Springsteen, Thin Lizzy, the Ramones with opening act the Nervebreakers, AC/DC, Rush and Tim Buckley.) The Zoo broadcast many shows from the Electric Ballroom -- even one featuring Billy Cobham, John Scofield and George Duke on New Year's 1975.

This one just hit Dime a few weeks ago, then made its way elsewhere -- then disappeared altogether, till someone rescued it from the virtual abyss on Tuesday. Which is why I'd hustle -- it may disappear again by the time you finish this sentence. I vaguely recall hearing this as a kid; maybe that's because the transistor dial never budged off The Zoo. And even now there's something kind of nice about hearing classic rock back when it was brand-new -- so brand-new, as a matter of fact, that when he introduces "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way" off the just-released Frampton, the crowd barely responds. "Do You Feel" runs close to 14 minutes; it only feels 12 and a half minutes long. Still, he never could get "Jumpin' Jack Flash" right. Yeesh.
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Ramblin Man
Ramblin Man

I saw Dickie Betts down at that Electric Ballroom. I remember the stage being slightly above ground level where you were right up close to that dude playing on his sunburst Les Paul.

sixdeenine
sixdeenine

sorry for my manners, that was my first post here. Robert thanks for all u do. I have always respected your opinions (not always agreed but I know you would engage in spirited conversation) and your music taste is epic. I have every 'til 2 that I've been made aware of ahead of time and hope to hear you more on the little Ticket. That Foghat, and rare Willie alone was worth the price of admission...peace

sixdeenine
sixdeenine

I do searches on Dime, TD, and others for KZEW and the Zoo every year or so and never seem to come up with much...found a bunch of commercials once but would love to find those jems from the 70s and early 80s...some unedited Rnr Alternative would be heaven since I lost all of my tapes back in my early 20s(and I used to roll a LOT when I was a teen). Thanks for the ramble...peace.

G_David
G_David

Yeah, Frampton's okay and all, but for my money, nothing comes close to the genius that is "Franklin Comes Alive".

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

If I were a program director for a non suck-ass radio station in Dallas, I would hire Wilonsky and Girmac to host a weekend music show that would give FM radio a much needed punch in the gut.

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