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2 stars The "A&M Classics" album series were released in 1987 by A&M Records (then still a big independent label) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the start of the label. The label released compilations of the most famous bands or soloists who recorded albums for the label, which was founded by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962. This Supertramp compilation was also released in several countries with the "The Autobiography of Supertramp" title (which was the case in my country, with the album released in the L.P. and Cassette formats). This is a compilation which has several hit singles released by the band, some of them, edited for singles ("Goodbye Stranger" and "Cannonball", for example). It is a good compilation which includes songs from their 1974 to 1985 albums, with most songs (except for "Cannonball") played by their most successful line-up: Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson, John Helliwell, Dougie Thomson and Bob Siebenberg. "Cannonball" is a song from their first album recorded without Hodgson, titled "Brother Where You Bound" from 1985. I think that the "Retrospectacle" anthology released in 2005 from this band is better than this album, because it includes more songs and songs from other albums which were released in 1970-71 and 1987-2002. So, I think that this album is only of interest for the most dedicated fans of the band who want to have all the albums of the band. I didn`t like very much the edited versions of "Goodbye Stranger" and "Cannonball" which were included in this "Classics" compilation.
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Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars This first compilation effort for Supertramp comes rather lately in their career.

It has its pros : it provides a good and wide overview of their work.

It has its cons : lots of songs appear here in their edited versions, their most emblematic song is not featured ("Fool's"), although the CD format would have allowed.

The last two numbers are not really my fave ones (I really never liked "Cannonball") but I guess that someone else might argue that these are great tracks, so it is very difficult to satisfy everybody.

A wiser idea sould have been to release a double CD one but this will be corrected with the "Best Of" Volume One & Two (as two separate CD's) a few years later, making this one completely obsolete : "Best Of Vol. One" being the perfect replica of this one but with non- edited songs and featuring "School").

Two stars.

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Posted Monday, February 12, 2007 | Review Permalink
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2 stars In the mid-1980s, the major record labels were still trying to get a feel for what would sell on CD. Rather than release a band's catalog, the suits would release compilations and see how they sold. A&M released a series of these "Classics" collections (although some of the original albums had been released outside of the U.S.).

Supertramp's entry, this album, sold fairly well in my store. It is a collection of most of the band's hits, starting from the "Crime Of The Century" album, through their "Brother Where You Bound". The mix is fair, although they still hadn't quite learned how to mix for digital formats. The selection is okay, but the choice to use single edits of most of the songs is a major fault. Plus, they didn't include Even In The Quietest Moments, one of my favorites of Supertramp's hits.

In the 90s the albums were released with better mixes. Skip this one.

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Posted Thursday, June 23, 2011 | Review Permalink

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