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5 stars 'Crime Of The Century, 'Supertramp's third studio record, was released in 1974. Contrary to former and later Supertramp records it is very melancolic and bluesy giving the record a charme that most other Supertramp records unfortunately lack.

The record starts with a slow blues : a harmonica opening, not unlike the lonely harmonica theme in 'Once upon a time in the west' , mournful vocals,clarinet ,guitar, a short break, followed by a midtempo groove with a funky guitar riff, an E-piano pattern, marimba counterpoint a piano solo .'School' is an excellent opening track.

'Bloody well Right' lightens up the mood with it's major piano intro,before a funky guitar leads to a heavy rock riff, a honkytonk piano in the chorus and a sax solo ends another great track, followed by 'Hide in your Shell' a minor tune, that establishes a nostalgic ballroom athmosphere of days gone by.

Side One ends with 'Asylum' a medium tempo Blues with a great arrangement for sax, organ and strings, and the nice piano melody of the beginning as a fade out: just perfect.

Side two starts with a great Pop song : 'Dreamer' driven forward by piano block chords a great melody line and a great vocal arrangement.

After the lighter side of 'Dreamer' another slow Blues 'Rudy' evolving into a light shuffle and climaxing into a heavy funk, with a great string arrangemnet, before fading out with a melancolic athmosphere , followed by 'If everyone was Listening' one more nostalgic medium tempo blues with clarinet and strings.

'Crime of the Century' a brillant closing track starts as a heavy blues and leads into a long instrumental passage for piano and strings before a delicate echo of the opening harmonica closes the cycle of a perfect record.

A perfect masterpiece of melancolic Bluesy Prog.

Alucard | 5/5 |


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