Music lovers always have at least one favorite album, that one recording that you can listen to from the first track to the last over and over again and be taken away to a place of pure bliss every time. I rarely let a year go by without listening to The Beatles’ “Revolver,” U2’s “The Joshua Tree” and The White Stripes’ “De Stijl.”

Recognizing their fans’ love for their most famous works, artists have begun performing classic albums in their entirety. It’s a trend that can arguably be traced all the way back to The Who’s “Tommy” 20th-anniversary tour in 1989, but has really picked up steam in the past couple of years.

In Portland, people gobbled up tickets to a Nov. 1 show by The Pixies faster than Thanksgiving stuffing. (Sorry, I had to get a Thanksgiving reference in there somewhere, because you’re more than likely reading this while in a tryptophan-induced stupor. It’s the last one, I swear.) For their enthusiasm, fans were treated to a track-by-track performance of the 1989 album “Doolittle.”

If you’re up for a trip to Boston this week, you might want to check out The Allman Brothers Band’s four-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre. The ABB is playing not one, but two classic albums in their entirety (double albums at that).

On Tuesday, you’ll be able to hear the Allman Brothers perform one of the best albums of all time — “At Fillmore East” (1971). This was the album that broke the band on a large commercial scale, and is chock-full of ABB classics, including “Whipping Post,” “Statesboro Blues” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”

The following night, the Allman Brothers will perform “Eat a Peach,” an emotionally charged album recorded in the aftermath of co-founder Duane Allman’s death. Classics on this disc include “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “Melissa” and “Blue Sky.” (It remains to be seen whether the Brothers will perform the original version of “Blue Sky,” written and sung by estranged member Dickey Betts, or the instrumental version they have been doing for the past few years.)

Tickets to both shows range from $75.60 to $162.85 (including fees). You’ll also get a commemorative poster.

Back in Portland, Peter Frampton will break out his talk box to perform “Frampton Comes Alive!” in its entirety on Feb. 7.

In 1976, it was rare to find a household that didn’t have at least one copy of this double live album. I think it was a mandate for middle-class Americans: If they wanted to be part of the cool pop culture, they had to have a portable 8-Track, a Fonzie T-shirt and a copy of “Frampton Comes Alive!”

Fortunately, the disc still stands up 35 years later, once you get past the cheesy open-chested polyester shirt on the front cover. (Don’t worry, he doesn’t wear that anymore.) I know I can’t listen to “Show Me the Way” without being transported back to third grade, hoarding “collectible” bicentennial quarters and watching my sister do the robot dance to “American Bandstand.”

Tickets are $45 to $70, and are available at and at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Be sure to ask the person at the ticket booth if they feel like you do to check their ’70s pop-culture cred.

Deputy Managing Editor Rod Harmon may be contacted at 791-6450 or at:

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