Supertramp - Breakfast in America CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

3.93 | 530 ratings

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5 stars This album was recorded between 1978 and early 1979, and it was released in March 1979, while Disco Music was still the fad and people like me who didn`t like Disco Music (with some good exceptions like KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND) had to continue looking for new good quality Prog Rock and Rock bands. I first listened to SUPERTRAMP in the Radio, in late 1979 or maybe in early 1980. The first song was "Goodbye Stranger". I liked this song a lot, but still recognizing that it sounded somewhat commercial and even with some slightly Disco drums arrangements. So, in May of 1980 I went to a record shop with one of my brothers, we saw this album (with a cover which seemed to me very "ordinary commercial" in those days!) and I bought this album, and my brother was happy too because he also liked the "Goodbye Stranger" song. We arrived to my parents`house, I played the album, and when the stylus was in the song "Goodbye Stranger" one of my other brothers was dancing and singing the falsetto lyrics of the chorus: "Goodbye Mary, Goodbye Jane"! We liked very much this album, but I particularly liked it more, and one day I played four times the whole album from start to finish."Gone Hollywood" has "loser/winner at last" lyrics and a good sax solo in the end. "The Logical Song" has very good lyrics. "Goodbye Stranger" too, and also a very good lead guitar at the end. "Breakfast in America" is very commercial pop. "Oh Darling" is a great love song with excellent arrangements. "Take the long way home" also has good lyrics and piano, plus Harmonica and clarinet solos. The beautiful "Lord is it mine" is a very good religious song, sung with feeling by Hodgson and with a superb clarinet solo (I consider this song my favourite from this album). "Another Nervous Wreck" is a "nervous" song really, with very good lead guitars. "Casual Conversations" has funny lyrics about a couple in fight, with an arrangement which sounds to me similar as Billy Joel`s "Just Like the Way You Are", and a very good sax solo and funny backing vocals (due to the subject of the lyrics!). Is curious how previous reviewers consider "Child of Vision" a Prog Song. For me, it is slightly Disco Music in arrangement, at least some the drums parts. But it is also a good song. I think that at that time I considered Supertramp a commercial pop band with some Progressive Rock arrangements, but maybe I was most interested in this band due to the lyrics: a high quality commercial pop-prog band with good quality lyrics which were "deep" in meaning and messages. This album is good from start to finish. I still consider the cover design of this album to be very commercial, but it is a good design really.In mid 1981 I bought my next Supertramp`s albums ("Even in the Quietest Moments..." and "Paris") and I still like Supertramp`s music.
Guillermo | 5/5 |


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