Offered for sale is an ultra-rare test pressing for the limited edition picture disc pressing of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! with one side pressed on gold vinyl and one side a picture disc.
It’s one of the most unusual records we’ve ever seen or offered for sale.
Frampton Comes Alive! was one of the biggest selling albums of the 1970s and it turned the former Humble Pie guitarist into a superstar overnight. Two years after the album’s original release, A&M Records issued an abridged, single-LP version of the album as a picture disc, with slightly modified artwork from the original cover.
Song titles on the picture disc version are:
Show Me the Way
Baby, I Love Your Way
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Do You Feel Like We Do
(I’ll Give You) Money
About this copy: This copy of the picture disc of Frampton Comes Alive! is a test pressing and may be unique. As a test for the commercial picture disc release, this disc was manufactured in a strange way – it’s a picture disc only on one side!
One side of the record is a picture disc, but the other side is not. The other side is yellow vinyl, with a test pressing label for the Fideltone Manufacturing Co. on it.
We’ve seen picture disc test pressings before that had different pictures from the final release and even a few that played the wrong music. This one plays the correct Peter Frampton songs on both sides, but is an odd colored vinyl/picture disc hybrid.
The record is VG-, with numerous marks and a few deep scratches and a slight warp that does not affect play. As this was made to test the manufacturing process, it’s likely that no one intended to keep it, so whoever made it didn’t go out of their way to take care of it. The album was issued without a cover, but we’ll provide one.
One of the oddest records we have ever offered for sale.
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