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The Prognaut
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2 stars I have always said that in order for a band to record a live album, there are three steps to be taken religiously: the sound quality should be exceptional. That means the arrangements aside what the band played in the studio should be completely different and impeccably orchestrated in order to offer an enjoyable performance. Secondly, the instrumentation should vary from the original formula by adding up special features far beyond from what the band is used to do in the studio: backing vocals, classical instruments, improvised guitar/drum solos, etc. And last but not least important: not to rely in live recordings to bounce back in business when the lack of creativity and ingenious start to hold back the band.

There, with all that said, let's get down to it. "Paris" is a 2 CD set piece, recorded live at the City of Lights on November 29th, 1979; that seemed to be a step ahead of what we were inevitably going to listen to in the early 80's. I have always been so harsh on myself about considering this SUPERTRAMP work as a "great" live album, but I rather get off me when I give it the rating of "average" or even "ok".

The SUPERTRAMP guys did their homework with this. They played the classics and the oldies. "Breakfast in America" and "The Logical Song" were assumed to be played rigorously and they sounded off pretty well. It would've been ironic for the band not to shine in Paris, but somehow they managed to do so in a very peculiar way. It's your call for this album, not that I'm arrogant, but there isn't anything close to the term "impressive" inside of it. If you already got this album, you better want to spend your money wisely "From Now On".

The Prognaut | 2/5 |


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