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Is 'Frampton Comes Alive' The Greatest Live Album Ever?

"I hate that record so much." —Bob Boilen (Jun. 18, 2009, 4:43 p.m. ET)

Yes, yes. Frampton Comes Alive is one seriously cheesy record. It's also the best-selling live rock album of all time. By many estimations, it set the standard for all live arena-rock records that followed. I admit, without apologies, that I own it and rather love it.

Earlier today, Bob and I were having one of our recurring discussions about lyrics (they're the first thing he notices in a song and the last thing I notice), and he threw out the line, "Baby, I love your way" as an example of a lyric so painfully bad he couldn't bear to listen. I don't especially love that particular song, but it made me want to pull out my copy of Frampton Comes Alive and hear some sweet "talk box" action on the song "Do You Feel Like We Do?"

What do you think is the best live rock album of all time? Do you love or hate Frampton Comes Alive?