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A variant of progressive rock that some have called sophisto-rock. SUPERTRAMP is a sophisticated pop band that was able to continuously turn out very good songs. Their music has been described as whimsy, lighthearted, fluff and a million other variations on this theme. This music is the kind of thing that you will put on while you and your wife lounging around after dinner. Mellow and very good. One other thing is that they also have the ability to inject some humor into their music now and then. Althogh most of the songs on the album are rock radio staples. This is something that is hard to find.

For some of their best work you will have to look elsewhere. They had a remarkable change in fortune as "Crime of the Century" became one of the top-selling albums of 1974. The band had refined their keyboard-dominated sound and produced an album that was well-reviewed. The album "Even In The Quietest Moments..." is by far their best work. With over 18 million copies to date, "Breakfast In America" is one of the greatest melodic pop/rock albums of the seventies. After that album, SUPERTRAMP continued to develop a more R&B-flavored style; the change in direction was successful on 1982's "Famous Last Words", but they soon ran out of hits. SUPERTRAMP continued with occasional tours and infrequent albums. Their recent releases, however, have only found minor success.

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SUPERTRAMP discography


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SUPERTRAMP top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.43 | 269 ratings
Supertramp
1970
2.63 | 205 ratings
Indelibly Stamped
1971
4.31 | 1333 ratings
Crime Of The Century
1974
3.57 | 382 ratings
Crisis? What Crisis?
1975
3.96 | 504 ratings
Even In The Quietest Moments ...
1977
3.94 | 608 ratings
Breakfast In America
1979
3.13 | 274 ratings
Famous Last Words
1982
3.66 | 272 ratings
Brother Where You Bound
1985
1.82 | 160 ratings
Free As A Bird
1987
3.03 | 128 ratings
Some Things Never Change
1997
2.84 | 114 ratings
Slow Motion
2002

SUPERTRAMP Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.59 | 157 ratings
Paris
1980
2.33 | 25 ratings
Supertramp Live '88
1988
3.39 | 40 ratings
It Was The Best Of Times
1999
3.95 | 23 ratings
Is Everybody Listening?
2001
4.09 | 2 ratings
Alive in America
2014

SUPERTRAMP Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.57 | 19 ratings
The Story So Far...
1991
3.03 | 10 ratings
Inside Supertramp 1974-1978
2004
4.02 | 10 ratings
Gateway To New Horizons
2010
4.36 | 36 ratings
Live in Paris 1979
2012

SUPERTRAMP Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 23 ratings
The Autobiography of Supertramp
1987
2.09 | 10 ratings
Classics, Vol. 9
1987
3.42 | 33 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp
1990
3.07 | 24 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp - Volume 2
1992
3.31 | 30 ratings
Retrospectable - The Supertramp Anthology
2005

SUPERTRAMP Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.76 | 9 ratings
Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
1974
3.02 | 9 ratings
Land Ho / Summer Romance
1974
3.00 | 3 ratings
Lady / You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms
1975
3.33 | 3 ratings
Take the Long Way Home / From Now On
1979
3.08 | 5 ratings
Breakfast in America / Gone Hollywood
1979
3.05 | 3 ratings
It's Raining Again / Bonnie
1982
3.90 | 2 ratings
Don't Leave Me Now / Waiting So Long
1982

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 Famous Last Words by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.13 | 274 ratings

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Famous Last Words
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review Nš 98

"Famous Last Words" is the seventh studio album of Supertramp and was released in 1982. This was the last album with the presence of their guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, composer and founder member Roger Hodgson, who left the group to pursue a solo musical career.

"Famous Last Words" has nine tracks. All songs were written by Hodgson and Rick Davies. The first track "Crazy" is a very good song to opens the album. It's a typical Supertramp's song and represents perfectly well their unique and unmistakable sound. It's a song very well written and based on the piano that sounds so typical of the band. It's very well accompanied by John Helliwell's saxophone and by Hodgson's voice. The second track "Put On Your Old Brown Shoes" is a typical Davies' song. It's clearly a song influenced by jazz and blues with reminiscences from many other songs composed by him. Despite being a very nice and fun song, I think it doesn't work so well on this album. So, this is my less favourite song on the album. The third track "It's Raining Again" is a typical pop song and represents on the album the most commercial track and a typical song made to be released as a single. This is a typical song of the band, that we love or we hate since the first listening, such as "The Logical Song" and especially "Dreamer". Sincerely, I must confess that I like very much the song and I think that it's a perfect example how to make a good pop commercial song with really good quality. The fourth track "Bonnie" is another kind of thing, because it's, in my humble opinion, one of the best songs on the album and represents one of its highlights. This is a love song that describes the obsession of a fan who wants to be closer to a movie star. However, some think that the lyrics are only symbolic and describes the intensely and difficult personal relationship between Davies and Hodgson. Anyway, we are in presence of a great song, one of the best composed by Davies, and curiously, it's a song with no wind instruments and where Helliwell plays keyboards, which I think was the only time that happened on the entire Supertramp's musical career. The fifth track "Know Who You Are" is another great song and represents also one of the highlights of the album. It's a perfect song, at the same time sad and beautifu, made by the hand of Hodgson, and sincerely, only he can write songs like this. It's a song with great melody performed by a great sensitive singer alone with his acoustic guitar. Here we have Hodgson and Supertramp at their best. The sixth track "My Kind Of Lady" was the second single taken from the album, after their first single "It's Raining Again". It's a Davies' love ballad very well sung by him, who harmonizes his natural voice with a falsetto vocal. It's a good song, a tribute to the 50's, magnificently arranged and performed and with a nice saxophone work by Helliwell, as usual. I think we can consider that we aren't in presence of one of the best musical moments of Davies, but like "Put On Your Old Brown Shoes", we are in presence of two typical and decent Davies' songs. The seventh track "C'Est Le Bon" is a great song and unfortunately is an underrated song of Hodgson. It's a classic Hodgson's song that stood perfectly well the test of time. It's a song very well arranged with a catchy melody and good lyrics and where once more, and like "Know Who You Are", we have a great sensitive singer performing with his acoustic guitar. The eight track "Waiting So Long" represents one of the highest moments on the album, if not the better. This is in reality a great song, extremely well arranged, very progressive and with fantastic individual musical performances by all band's members. The epic development of the song can be connected with the great classics made by them all over the years. This is a genuine progressive song and here we have Davies and Supertramp at their best. The ninth and last track "Don't Leave Me Now" is another pearl of the album and closes it in a great style. This is, in my humble opinion, the best Hodgson's song on the album. Despite being a sad song with pessimistic lyrics about solitude and fear of loneliness, it's a very powerful song that closes the album magnificently.

Conclusion: "Famous Last Words" is an underrated album. So, I can't agree with those who consider this album a minor work of the group. It has all the ingredients that made of Supertramp a great band. It has one of the most creative, one of the most respected and one of the most successful duo of composers in the progressive rock music. It's true that it isn't as good as "Crime Of The Century" and "Even In The Quietest Moments", but it's almost at the same level of "Crisis? What Crisis?" and "Breakfast In America". But unfortunately, "Famous Last Words" puts an end in this great duo of composers. The future has shown that the whole is better than the sum of the parts. Hodgson and Davies can't really be replaced and they worked better together than apart. So, "Famous Last Words" represents the Hodgson's last contribution to the band. But we may say that, with this album, he leaves Supertramp by the front door.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Dreamer / Bloody Well Right by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After two unsuccesful and uneven albums SUPERTRAMP released Crime of the Century, which is regarded as their finest work, at least in the prog circles (the more commercial world probably favours the bestselling Breakfast in America, 1979). The 1974 album was excellently produced by the legendary Ken Scott, who had worked with e.g. David Bowie and Mahavishnu Orchestra.

This is a typical single, both tracks taken from the album and representing its more hit-oriented material. Roger Hodgson's 'Dreamer' is a charming and very energetic song in a fast tempo, with a slower mid-section featuring also Rick Davies' vocals in a dialogue-like manner. The electric piano sound that colours the whole Crime of the Century is extremely dominating on this one.

Rick Davies composed the more bluesy 'Bloody Well Right' which I don't enjoy as much; it's the heavy repetition of the boring chorus that annoys me a bit. Together these songs are almost like Supertramp in a nutshell, with both unique songwriters represented. Except that of course the more progressive tendencies and the emotionally deeper songs are to be found elsewhere on that album.

Good, but totally non-essential for the album oriented listeners.

 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.31 | 1333 ratings

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Crime Of The Century
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Supertramp is a band I've known about since I first became interested in pop music. I can recall visiting a friend's house while still in elementary school and he let me listen to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". I saw the album cover for "Crime of the Century" and never forgot it. Supertramp, however, were not my taste in music. I remember hearing songs like "It's Raining Again" (catchy chorus but nerve grating vocals), "The Logical Song" (pretty good actually), "Bloody Well Right" (kind of good), "Give a Little Bit" (kind of catchy), and "Dreamer". That last song there was the reason why I never got into Supertramp. To me it was one of three most annoying songs on classic rock radio, along with War's "The low. Ry. Duh. Is a little lower" (like who the fudge cares?!) and that song that went, "Blinded by the light / Wrappped up like a douche / Another runner in the night". What were these people thinking to write such tripe like that?

Strangely enough, I always associated Supertramp with Pink Floyd in my late elementary school days. Perhaps it was because "Money" and "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" and "Bloody Well Right" and "The Logical Song" seemed to have been concocted by the same cultural views of the same culture. The big difference was that by the time I was 16, I loved Pink Floyd but still wouldn't go near Supertramp. It would not be until 2016, when I had reached the ripe old age of 45, that I would finally permit a Supertramp album into my music library (three albums in fact as I ordered two more soon after). The change came after I went through a period of fascination with French Canadian 70's prog and I read that many English prog bands had achieved their first success in North America in Quebec. Bands like Genesis, Camel, Gentle Giant, Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Supertramp were popular among the Quebecois. I had albums by all except for Supertramp and so I decided to give the band a try.

"Crime of the Century" is the highest rated Supertramp album on PA and so I figured that was the best place to start, though I was soon dismayed to discover that the dreadful song "Dreamer" was on this album. The order arrived and I brought the disc home, plugging it into my iTunes library and dumping it onto my phone. Thus the journey began.

I was surprised to recognize the first track "School". I had heard it before and perhaps it is the laughing, playing children that reminded me of "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2". That and the theme of the English school system. The song certainly goes beyond the standard pop song, sometimes sparse and atmospheric, sometimes building towards a jaunty pop segment but then dropping abruptly into sparsity and quietude again. It's very well arranged and from this it's already easy to understand why Supertramp would be considered progressive.

"Bloody Well Right" turned out to be my favourite and that darn chorus jammed itself into my brain for days. The song is the only one to feature a hard rock guitar sound and that's probably why I can take to this song so easily.

"Hide in Your Shell" begins so candy pretty like that I get turned off right away each time it begins. But it does pick up and become more interesting as the music develops. My least favourite song on the album but still not a total write off. I much prefer "Asylum" which, like "School" reverts to quiet piano whenever the music builds to a climax. Richard Davies insane howls and hollers at the end fit right in with the music.

I'll have to admit that listening to "Dreamer" on the album is not so bad and in fact the song goes through some twists and changes so that the annoying "Dreamer / Your nothing but a dreamer" is actually a small part of the song. The middle part where Richard Davies sings is much more enjoyable and more in tune with what Supertramp seemed to be trying to do with their music at the time. There's also a lot of subtle instrumentation I can hear on the CD that I missed by walking away from the radio every time the song came on at work back in the 90's.

A word of mention should go towards "Rudy", which starts off pretty quietly but builds again in a beautiful fashion and really hooks me when the 70's strings come in in the last 3 minutes or so. When Davies and Hodgeson trade vocal lines the song really reaches its apex.

The album overall intrigues. It's not highly technical prog nor is it really very rock-like except for that guitar in "Bloody Well Right". There's a lot of piano and organ and not much guitar. The drums and bass also are pretty standard for the day and neither would make it to a list of top ten for the instruments. But the song-writing, and the musical construct shows great creativity and attention to detail. Supertramp show that they can alternate between the loud and the soft within a single song. The whole band can come in to hit a single note and then drop out, leaving just the piano or organ. There are rises and swells, peaks, and sudden punctuations of silence. The songs are not entirely predictable and tease by going toward straightforward pop but only briefly. It's an album for those who can appreciate very fine song writing and crafty music that doesn't aim to be loud and technical but rather cleverly creative and full of poignancy and emotion.

The eight songs on the album alternate between Roger Hodgeson's and Richard Davies' lead vocals. I personally enjoy Richard Davies songs more but not so much more. I just prefer the timbre of his voice more over Hodgeson's. The piano parts are often skillfully composed and sometimes a stand out feature in a song, like the closing of the title track.

I will admit that because the music doesn't rock out except for on "Bloody Well Right", Supertramp don't appeal to me as much as the other bands mentioned above. However, that doesn't stop me from appreciating the artistic merit and musical talents on this album. I'll give it a solid four stars, hesitating with that one extra star.

 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.31 | 1333 ratings

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Crime Of The Century
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Bungler

4 stars So this is my first review , and I hope its not gonna be really bad .

Now this is my first time I have listened to Supertramp ( I know shocking ) , and here is my opinion .

We star with School a beautiful song to start an album , this could fit in a movie really well . School has a lot of emotion witch makes it really interesting to listen to . If I had to Rate this song I would rate it 4.5/5

Track number two Bloody Well Right is an nice catchy Rock song that could easily fit on an Classic Rock station . If I had to rate this song it would be 4/5

Track number Three Hide in Your Shell is another great track that takes you in from the start and never lets go . If I had to rate this song It would be 4.5/5

Track number Four Asylum Starts almost like a Jethro Tull song (in my opinion ) , and then goes really theatrical . If I had to rate this song it be 5/5 .

Track number Five Dreamer is a nice little song that gets stuck in your head really easily ( in a good way) . If I had to rate this I would rate it 3.5/5

Track number Six Rudy is the longest song , it starts with a piano ( what is a great thing ) and then the song gets really Catchy and Groovy . Its a song that I could see myself humming along to in a car , or somewhere else . Great song , I would definitely give this song 5/5 .

Track number Seven If Everyone Was Listening also starts with an piano . Its a beautiful song even though its not my favorite on the album . If I had to rate this song I would rate it 3.5/5

Final track Crime Of The Century is a beautiful , epic , emotional , and really memorable song. Its a fantastic ending to a beautiful album witch I really recommend to anyone who is only starting to get into Progressive Rock music .

Thanks for reading my review .

 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.31 | 1333 ratings

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Crime Of The Century
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars A classic album that, for me, is split about 50/50 between masterpieces and misses.

As far as a general idea of the sound of the album, one can expect emphasis on soft, tender keyboards, dramatic vocals, occasional jazz influences and the album's mood can change from lush and serene to chaotic quite quickly. Supertramp's performance on this album could be compared in a sense to early King Crimson (i.e. Court, Wake of Poseidon) but much more controlled and having a much heavier pop appeal. That isn't to say that it's a pop album, or boring, though; it definitely has its moments.

The stronger tracks on the album are the opener "School", its follow-up "Bloody Well Right" and the finale title track. "School" is an incredible odyssey of sounds starting with a bleak harmonica intro giving way to haunting verses and featuring impeccable piano melodies. Definitely a top notch song. "Bloody Well Right" is a great jazz and blues-fused rock song and "Crime of the Century" is a powerful, haunting finale. A great start, a great finish. What lies in between these stellar bookends is not quite of the same caliber, though.

The remaining two songs from side A, "Hide In Your Shell" and "Asylum" are good but non- essential listening. "Asylum" in particular is probably the most dramatic song on the album but . Most of side B is expendable, with the poppy "Dreamer" and the ballad "If Everyone Was Listening" making me sleepy.

Overall "Crime Of The Century" is a work that features some incredible moments and would not be out of place in any prog music collection.

 It's Raining Again / Bonnie by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.05 | 3 ratings

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It's Raining Again / Bonnie
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the tour for their "Breakfast in America" album from 1979, the band took a long time to rest. It seems that the big success of that album took them by surprise, and like other bands, they had a hard time thinking how to keep that success for their next album. The recording of that album also brought some problems and frictions inside the band. While all the members of the band lived in California, Roger Hodgson lived in a different city which was a bit far from the city on which the other members lived. This maybe brought even more problems between them, with Hodgson having his own recording studio in his house, and Rick Davies also having his own recording studio in his house. Their next album, "Famous last words", was recorded using both recording studios during a long time before being finally released in late 1982. During that time, Hodgson decided to leave the band, and he said that to the other members of the band. So, that album was recorded having in mind that Hodgson was going to leave the band after their tour for the "Famous last words" album in 1983.

Both songs from this single were taken from the "Famous last words" album.

"It's Raining Again", composed and sung by Hodgson, in the A-Side of this single, is a very good Pop Rock song, and it was the last Hit Single that the band had with Hodgson. It maybe is a bit "sweet" for my taste, but good anyway, using some melodica playing. If I remember well, Davies played that melodica solo in the album and in concert. This song also has a video which I don't like very much.

"Bonnie", composed and sung by Davies, is in the Side "B" of this single. It is one of my favorite songs from this album, with some funny lyrics. It has very good arrangements. This song has not wind instruments playing. So John Helliwell (who is also credited in the album for playing keyboards) maybe played some of the keyboards in this song.

 Breakfast in America / Gone Hollywood by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1979
3.08 | 5 ratings

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Breakfast in America / Gone Hollywood
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The title track from their "Breakfast in America" album (composed and sung by Roger Hodgson) was released in the Side "A" of this single. It is now known, thanks to some interviews that can be found in the web, that Rick Davies did not like this song, and also that he did not want the album to be titled as "Breakfast in America". He suggested "Hello, Stranger" as one of the possible titles for the album, but Hodgson said that he finally won about the use of the title of this song to be used as the title of the album and for the song to be included in the album. It seems that he also won that this song was also released as a single.

"Breakfast in America", as a song, is a very Pop Rock song, not bad. A very commercial song with a simple lyric, but it is maybe my less favorite song from that album. It has some very good brass arrangements (sounding a bit like Dixieland Music to my ears), with the help from session musician "Slide" Hyde playing tuba and trombone, and with a very good clarinet solo played by John Helliwell. If I remember well, Hodgson said that this song was really an old song that he wrote when he was very young. It still is played in some oldies FM Radio stations in my city, and it also was a Hit Single for the band. The band even played this song on their tours without Hodgson since 1988, being sung initially by Mark Hart, and this song was also released in their "Live '88" and "It Was the Best of Times" live albums, sung by Hart. It seems that Davies finally thought that the band had to play some Hit Singles on their tours without Hodgson, even if he did not like "Breakfast in America" as a song, to please the fans.

"Gone Hollywood", in the Side "B" of this single, is also the opening song from the "Breakfast in America" album, and was composed and sung by Davies. It is mostly a "serious" and "reflective" song. It is a more Progressive Rock influenced song than the "Breakfast in America" song, and maybe it was a bit strange to be used as the opening track in the "Breakfast in America" album. But the album as a whole worked very well, bringing a lot of success for the band. even being their peak point in their popularity as a band, it also brought some problems and frictions inside the band in the next years which also influenced Hodgson to leave the band in late 1983 after one more album ("famous last words" from 1982) and tour.

 Slow Motion by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.84 | 114 ratings

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Slow Motion
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars At the time this album was released in 2002, I visited SUPERTRAMP`s Official Website. There was the announcement of the release of this album, with some quotes from Rick Davies (not available anymore in that website, an official website which I don`t like very much). I remember that Davies said in those quotes that this album was really planned by him as an album recorded with the band, with him writing all the songs (with the exception of 'Gold Rush', with was written with guitarist Richard Palmer-James in 1970, an old song that the original line-up of the band played in concert in the early seventies and which was not previously recorded for an album by the band), doing all the arrangements, and also singing all the lead vocals. In previous studio albums recorded without Roger Hodgson (in 'Free as a Bird' from 1987, and in 'Some Things Never Change' from 1997) he gave a chance to Mark Hart to collaborate a bit in the songwriting and also to sing some lead vocals. But for 'Slow Motion' Davies wanted to do all by himself, with the other members of the band only recording the songs and being directed by him. He only let Hart and recording engineer Jay Messina to co-produce the album with him. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and in New York, with Davies, who lived in Los Angeles since the mid-seventies, going to live to New York during the recording of this album.

At that time, in 2002, I was not very interested to listen to this album, which with Davies now almost directing everything, being the only remaining original member of the band and the founder of the band, I considered more as a solo album and not as a 'real' album by SUPERTRAMP. Anyway, recently I finally decided to listen to this album. This album was recorded with the same line-up of the band which recorded the 'It Was the Best of Times' live album in 1997 and which was released until 1999 (Rick Davies, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, Mark Hart, Jesse Siebenberg, Carl Verheyen, Cliff Hugo, Lee Thornburg).

I also remember that some years ago I read in an interview done with John Helliwell on which he said that Davies really planned this album to be the last album which the band was going to record. The band went to tour for this album in 2002, and after this, there was silence from the band until 2010, when the band (with some changes in the line-up, with Hart not being in the band, and with the addition of two new members, and with some rumors of Roger Hodgson re-joining the band to play some concerts, a thing that did not happen) did their 40th anniversary tour. After that, there was silence again for five years, until some months ago in this year there was the announcement of a new tour, with Hart again in the band. Unfortunately, the tour was recently canceled due to Davies being ill with multiple myeloma and with him being treated for this illness. I hope that he is going to recover from this illness.

Despite this album was not really done as a real collaboration from Davies with all the other members of the band, I think that being their last studio album is really good. Anyway, Davies had the desire to direct the band in all things to record this album, and he did a very good job, with the other members of the band also playing the songs very well. But it really sounds to me that at least Davies gave them some freedom to play their solos. This album as a whole is an enjoyable mixture of Pop Rock songs with some Big Band, Jazz, Blues and Progressive Rock influences. The playing from all the members of the band is very good and very professional. I particularly like more the songs 'Slow Motion', 'Little by Little', 'Broken Hearted', 'Over You' (with very good Big Band / Jazz brass arrangements, and a fifties-like Rock and Roll piano arrangement, similar in musical style to the song 'My Kind of Lady' from their ''famous last words'' album from 1982 ), and 'Gold Rush' (which without doubt sounds to me like an old song from the band, a thing which it really is, being originally composed in 1970).

I like the cover design very much, which still is very relevant to today`s 'modern life'.

 Dreamer / Bloody Well Right by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Maybe I am one of the few people who does not like very much all the Hit Singles that Roger Hodgson composed for SUPERTRAMP. Also maybe I am one of the few people who sometimes likes more SUPERTRAMP without him than with him in the line-up.

This is the case with "Dreamer", a very Pop song with good lyrics but musically not very interesting for my taste. Maybe is the song that I like the less from Roger Hodgson with SUPERTRAMP. Maybe I am also one of the few that thinks that their "Crime of the Century" album was not their best in their discography. While the new musicians in the band (John Helliwell, Dougie Thomson and Bob Siebenberg ) were very good, this line-up still was by 1974 learning how to play with each other. Without doubt, this line-up of the band (Davies, Hodgson, Helliwell, Thomson and Siebenberg) was the best. But in general their "Crime of the Century" album was for me their first step as a band with the new line-up, and they still were going to record better albums and singles in the future. In "Dreamer" there is a very monotonous use of the Wurlitzer electric piano and not much drums playing. Maybe many people likes this song...but not me. Anyway, the live version from their "Paris" album is better than this studio recording. Hodgson was going to compose other very good songs for the band. I still like more the songs from their previous single ("Land Ho" / "Summer Romance").

"Bloody Well Right" is better as a song. A song composed by Rick Davies and influenced a lot by Blues music, also played using the Wurlitzer electric piano, an instrument which was very related to the sound of the band. But this song also has some very good lead guitar parts played by Hodgson. The only thing that I don`t like very much from this song is the use of falsettos sung by Davies and in the backing vocals by Hodgson and Helliwell. Unfortunately, this is one thing that I still don`t like very much from this band. But they are very good musicians.

 Dreamer / Bloody Well Right by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Hodgson and Davies belt out some great melodic top 40 hits as Helliwell blasts out beautiful tones on the saxophone. On this single we have 2 great tracks from the COTC album. These songs are among some of the all time greatest Supertramp blockbusters. 'Dreamer' is found on every compilation and features in many pop culture forms on TV. It is interminably catchy and unforgettable. 'Bloody Well Right' is the angst driven rocker where we can't get that wretched chorus out of our heads. The music is infectious and catchy hooks are prevalent. Both are well known outside of prog circles of course. As with the album, there is a kind of running theme on the ideas of education, loneliness and alienation. The lead vocalist Roger Hodgson is as high pitched as Jon Anderson, and he is balanced by Rick Davies. The keyboards are a main focus played deftly by Davies and there are some delightful soaring saxophone passages by Helliwell. The musicianship is very innovative and replete with driving rhythms and soft ambience. Get this single as vinyl sibhies with cool covers are a collectors treasure.
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