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Supertramp - The Very Best Of Supertramp - Volume 2  CD (album) cover




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3.07 | 24 ratings

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3 stars This CD is the perfect companion of "Best Of, Volume 1".

We get a lot of "Even..." tracks : with the title track, "Babiji", "Just Another Wreck", "Downstream" and finally, the great "Fool's Overture" (maybe the best and most elaborate 'Tramp song).

Here is my comment about this song in my review for the album : this is a true epic (forget about "Try Again" from their first album). Long keyboard intro (raise the level of your audio system to capture all the elements) !). This is a pure British (prog) song : Big Ben and Churchill on the same track ("we will never surrender") ! The song really kicks after this three minutes quiet intro. The beat goes on you are transported into another dimension from then on : glorious bass and keys work. Vocals start after 5' minutes 20" : probably the most beautiful 'Tramp vocal session. So delicate, intimate : one has the impression Hodgson sings just for you. I was lucky to see him live (in solo) and the emotional feeling one gets in his concert is HUGE. It is perfectly rendered here in this song.

It almost fully completes "Crime" with the very good "If Everyone Was Listening", provides two very good tracks from "Crisis" with "Lady" and "The Soapbox Opera" (a wonderful song).

The weaker numbers come (no surprise) from "Famous Lost Words" and "Free As A Bird".

All in all, if you are not a big Supertramp fan, these two compilations are great for you : you'll get most of their four legendary albums represented here (maybe too little from Crisis ?).

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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