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SUPERTRAMP

Supertramp

 

Crossover Prog

3.46 | 221 ratings

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3 stars Before we was fab

Supertramp's self titled debut album was originally released in 1970.

Right from the start Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies already formed the core of the band, both vocally and instrumentally. The song writing credits are also shared throughout by the two, along with Richard Palmer. The latter, along with Dave Winthrop and Bob Miller were to leave before the band found major success with "Crime of the century".

There's no doubt that "Supertramp" lacks the quality of "COTS", but it does bear some indications of the band's potential. The feel is generally slightly jazzier than that of their golden years, but tracks such as "And I'm not like any other birds of prey" do show Hodgson's vocal prowess well.

"Words Unspoken" has a real late 60's pop sound to it, almost flower power. Instrumentally, the album is quite adventurous, with several tracks featuring keyboard or guitar solos of reasonable length. The longest track, "Try again", clocking in at over 12 minutes, includes a lovely, bluesy organ backed guitar solo, which builds from a fragile start to an Alvin Lee style full on jam.

Hodgson tends to dominate on vocals much more than on subsequent albums, but at times he sounds like he's still trying out different keys! A good first outing for the band, but the best was very much still to come.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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