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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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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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The Very Best Of SupertrampThe Very Best Of Supertramp
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SUPERTRAMP shows & tickets


  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 21 Oct 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 23 Oct 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 24 Oct 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 25 Oct 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 27 Oct 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 4 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 6 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 7 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 8 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 9 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 11 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band and orchestra on 14 Nov 2014
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band and orchestra on 15 Nov 2014

SUPERTRAMP discography


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

3.46 | 219 ratings
Supertramp
1970
2.56 | 160 ratings
Indelibly Stamped
1971
4.34 | 1063 ratings
Crime Of The Century
1974
3.54 | 310 ratings
Crisis? What Crisis?
1975
3.95 | 418 ratings
Even in the Quietest Moments....
1977
3.92 | 486 ratings
Breakfast in America
1979
3.11 | 216 ratings
Famous Last Words
1982
3.69 | 223 ratings
Brother Where You Bound
1985
1.81 | 122 ratings
Free As A Bird
1987
3.06 | 101 ratings
Some Things Never Change
1997
2.86 | 87 ratings
Slow Motion
2002

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

3.59 | 135 ratings
Paris
1980
2.34 | 24 ratings
Supertramp Live '88
1988
3.40 | 35 ratings
It Was The Best Of Times
1999
3.86 | 25 ratings
Is Everybody Listening?
2001

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

2.53 | 15 ratings
The Story So Far...
1991
3.04 | 9 ratings
Inside Supertramp 1974-1978
2004
4.02 | 9 ratings
Gateway To New Horizons
2010
4.21 | 33 ratings
Live in Paris 1979
2012

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

2.54 | 21 ratings
The Autobiography of Supertramp
1987
2.10 | 10 ratings
Classics, Vol. 9
1987
3.41 | 32 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp
1990
3.05 | 23 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp - Volume 2
1992
3.31 | 25 ratings
Retrospectable - The Supertramp Anthology
2005

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

4.50 | 2 ratings
Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
1974
3.00 | 8 ratings
Land Ho / Summer Romance
1974
3.05 | 2 ratings
Lady / You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Take the Long Way Home / From Now On
1979
2.00 | 2 ratings
Breakfast in America / Gone Hollywood
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Raining Again / Bonnie
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Leave Me Now / Waiting So Long
1982

SUPERTRAMP Reviews


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 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.34 | 1063 ratings

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Crime Of The Century
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Michael678

4 stars ahhh, hello. my second actual review. and as a disclaimer for people who see my profile here, one of my ratings is NOT TRUE!!! i never even heard it in my life. just want it to get it out there right now. so anyway, Crime of the Century. released in September 1974, this turns 40 years old this year, and thankfully it will be re- released in December this year in honor of that. i cannot wait for that one bit!! and yes, i love this album, like alot. the 8 songs are just awesome and definitely hold up to prog standards. i consider it one of the gateway albums to prog, along with Moving Pictures by Rush, and Fragile & Going for the One by Yes, etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah blah blah. so, let's get on with the songs shall we!!

Side 1:

1. School - .......huh......funny to mention this beforehand but as of this review i am working on an analytical essay focusing a song's lyrics that relate to social justice; this is the song i chose for the essay. well, that is basically because the lyrics criticize the (mainly British) school system around the time of its release, not promoting individualism and try to be "civilized" and what not. They are awesome and so is the music, from the harmonica intro to the jam with the piano solo in the middle (probably played by Rick Davies), this 5:34 of greatness.

2. Bloody Well Right - kicking where the previous track left off, we are treated with a great electric piano solo by Davies that leads into the actual song itself. it became their first hit single in the US, reaching the Top 40 there, and it clearly shows. a catchy chorus, a saxophone coda (played by John Helliwell), and what not, though i wish this song was a little longer to be honest. but hey, i've got the bloody right to say!!

3. Hide in Your Shell - ah, yes, my favorite track on here. the theme of isolation and loneliness plays here, though i can see some motivation and what not within the lyrics as well, as in "You're not alone" or something (just like School). Roger Hodgson did an excellent job with this song, lyrically and musically, with my favorite part being the last couple minutes of the song. god, i love it all. i mean, this should be like some theme song for something in particular (*cough cough Crona from Soul Eater cough cough*). Really give it a listen.

4. Asylum - the unknown one of the bunch, ehy? this is another good tune, dealing with madness and denial and insanity and what not, with the music catching on with this mood, especially during the loud parts imo. even though it is kind of my least favorite on here, like i said it's still very good. and also, what is that noise at the very end of the song? just curious

Side 2

5. Dreamer - the BIG hit here, reaching the Top 20 in the U.K. (and the "Paris" version following suit 6 years later in the U.S.). everything's not a dream; it's reality. though some people try to get away from it with all of their dreams. that's what i think this song is about from listening to it, of course i could be wrong, but who cares!!! the lyrics are sing-along-like, the music is great as per usual, and the vocals as well by Hodgson (and Davies). i can see why it is one of the most popular of their songs.

6. Rudy - the proggiest track here, as well as the longest (7:19) and my other favorite. The intro here i believe is the proggiest moment on this album, helping the song move more along in the best way possible. the whole band fleshes out and jams well (though not 100% unfortunately) during the second part of the song. Rudy, the song's character here (obviously!), has no where to go in his life and is has had a bad life. it sucks, i get it, and im sympathetic for him. so, ummmmm, have fun on the train i guess? or have fun in a little field running everywhere with what appears to be some sort of tennis racket in hand (yes, the guy that's in my avatar i consider to be Rudy, idk if you disagree, though you probably would.

7. If Everyone Was Listening - i absolutely adore this song, the last huge favorite here. like Bloody Well Right however, i wish it was longer, i mean, it's the shortest track on the album (4:03). but, it is still fantastic, especially the lyrics, metaphoring (is that a real word?) the reality and a large amount of people, like in a city, with a circus act, hoping that nothing would fall apart and trying not collapse on its side or booty or wherever it may fall on.

8. Crime of the Century - ahhhh the title track. i like this song much more than on previous listens. i just felt like that there wasn't enough lyrics to cut out for it (like One More Red Nightmare (*GASPS!!!!*)), and once again i wish it were a little longer, but now i feel like it's short and sweet (that's a compliment btw). of course, the second half, instrumental, is just amazing. it's almost like a wrap-up (of course, i mean this is the last track), with a recurring theme here and there (the harmonica from School for example at the very end), fading out into obscurity, thus ending this album.

what can i say, this is an excellent addition to any prog collection, and maybe even just a regular old music collection in general. it is SO close to getting 5 stars however, from a couple of the negative comments i made (which i hope you can spot), so i give it 4 stars. it should be more like 4.5 stars if there is such a thing. this is Michael678, signing out, probably returning again one of these days.....

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 Gateway To New Horizons by SUPERTRAMP album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.02 | 9 ratings

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Gateway To New Horizons
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This video was recorded in 10-November-1977 in London during their "Even in the Quietest Moments..." tour. . It was taken from a TV broadcast. I think that it only has some of the songs that they played at that concert. This video shows the "classic" line-up of the band playing some songs from the three albums which they have recorded together until then ("Bloody Well Right" and "Dreamer" from their "Crime of the Century" album; "Lady", "Poor Boy" and "Another Man`s Woman" from their "Crisis? What Crisis?" album; and "Give a Little Bit", "From Now On" and "Babaji" from their "Even in the Quietest Moments..." album). The band sounds very well playing all these songs, but the sound is not very good, and the same can be said about the quality of the images. But this video is a very good chance to see this band playing all these songs, and more in the case of some songs which were not played very often after this tour (this is the case with "Babaji" , "Lady" and "Poor Boy"). The other songs are more known in other live versions from later years. And also this video shows the band before the great international success that their "Breakfast in America" album gave to them. By 1977 the members of the band were living in the U.S. and this concert was done playing before an audience from their own country, so they were more like "visitors" then. The stage design and the lights were simple. It is a very good concert video despite the limitations due to the passing of time (being a recording of a concert from 1977).

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 Lady / You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1975
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Lady / You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars This single is now very hard to find and a collectors`s rarity. It was released in November 1975 (in the U.K., in other European countries, even in Australia, but NOT in the U.S.) at the same time as their "Crisis? What Crisis?" album was released , and it had in the "A" side an edited version of "Lady" from the same album, plus in the "B" side it had a song which was only released in its studio version in this single, titled "You Started Laughing When I Held You in My Arms", which also was recorded during the same recording sessions for that album. This last song was also released in a live version in their "Paris" album from 1980, but only titled as "You Started Laughing". This live version was released again in their "Retrospectacle" compilation album in 2005, leaving the studio version of this song as unreleased in the CD format. I don`t know why this happened, but I think that it was a mistake, because they released in that compilation both songs from another very hard to find single from 1973 (and both were unavailable on an official album or in a previous compilation) which had "Land Ho" on the "A" side and in the "B" side it had "Summer Romance". I don`t know why Rick Davies (who was the one who selected the tracks to be released in the "Retrospectacle" compilation album) left the studio version of "You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms" as unreleased in the CD format again when the "Retrospectacle" compilation album was released. By doing this he wasted a good opportunity to make available to the fans another rarity to make that compilation album a more interesting buying item.

I never have listened to the edited version of "Lady". I even searched for it several times in youtube to listen to it. Unfortunately, I could not find it there. Anyway, I have listened a lot of times to this song in its full length version in the "Crisis? What Crisis?" album, and I like the song, which I think it is a bit similar to "Dreamer", a song from their "Crime of the Century" album from 1974, but it is much better for my taste. "Lady", like "Dreamer", also includes a Wurlitzer piano played by Roger Hodgson (who also composed the song and sang it) in a very similar way to "Dreamer". But "Lady" has more interesting drums playing and in general a better arrangement in comparison to "Dreamer". "Lady" could have been a Hit Single. Apparently, it went nowhere in the Hit Parade charts.

I read in a magazine in the eighties and in the web years later that there was a studio version of "You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms" (which was composed and sung by Rick Davies) which was released as the "B" side of this single. I even looked for it in used vinyl record shops. I never found it, of course. I also searched for it several different times in youtube, without success. But, one or two years ago one day I visited youtube again and I searched for it and finally I found it, being uploaded there by a fan in that same day. So, I listened to it there at least ten times! But unfortunately a few days later it was deleted from youtube. But I can remember that this studio version has a more "dark" sound and it also has an orchestral arrangement done in a very similar way to other songs from the "Crisis? What Crisis?" and "Crime of the Century" albums, but this orchestral arrangement was brief, being more in the background of the song. The studio version is good, very well recorded and mixed. The orchestral arrangement was played in the live version using synthesisers. I like both versions of this song. I think that this song has some humour in the lyrics, being more like a "bittersweet" song not to be taken very seriously.

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 Land Ho / Summer Romance  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
3.00 | 8 ratings

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Land Ho / Summer Romance
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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars Both songs of this single were the first to be released from the new line-up of the band which by that time included Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson, Bob C. Benberg, John A. Helliwell and Dougie Thompson, a line-up which became considered as the best and "classic" from this band until Hodgson left the band in 1983. Both songs were recorded between July and September 1973 in London, and were produced by the band. This was done several months before their "Crime of the Century" album was recorded and released in 1974. And the changes in personnel very well reflected the improvements in sound for the band which at last found the best musicians for their musical style, being the three new members very good musicians and more compatible with the sound that Davies and Hodgson were trying to achieve since the start of the band in 1969. That musical syle and sound became very successful with the passing of time, reaching the peak in 1979 with their "Breakfast in America" album.

This single was released in March 1974.

"Land Ho", sung by Hodgson, is a melodic Pop Rock song, somewhat similar in parts to "Dreamer" from their "Crime of the Century" album, but better, as I don`t like "Dreamer" very much in comparison to other songs from the band. It also includes a brief but very good sax solo. The drums pattern is also somewhat similar in parts to "Dreamer". Maybe "Dreamer" was a second attempt to write a similar song to "Land Ho". I think that "Land Ho" as the "A" side of this single could have been a Hit...but it seems that it went nowhere in the Hit Parade charts.

"Land Ho" was recorded by Hodgson again for his second solo album titled "Hai Hai" which was released in late 1987, almost at the same time as Supertramp`s "Free as a Bird" album. "Land Ho" was re-recorded with some changes in the arrangements (particulaly in the drums playing) but more in an updated 80s style. It sounds good but I prefer the original version recorded by Supertramp.

"Summer Romance", sung by Davies, is a very typical song composed by him in the Rhythm and Blues musical style that he likes very much. It s also a good song like "Land Ho".

Both songs from this single also showed improvements in the quality of the recordings from this band thanks to their new collaboration with Recording Engineer and Producer Ken Scott. Both songs were released in the CD format for the first time in Supertramp`s "Retrospectacle" compilation album in 2005, with a new mixing done by Ken Scott for "Land Ho" which was done in June 1975 and was previously unreleased unitl then, and which was even considered to be released in their "Crisis ? What Crisis?" album from 1975, a thing that did not happen.

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 Live in Paris 1979 by SUPERTRAMP album cover DVD/Video, 2012
4.21 | 33 ratings

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Live in Paris 1979
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by TheBear

5 stars I loved the Paris album when it came out originally, and I've waited for years for the video release ever since hearing of the discovery of the footage. Having it on BluRay, offering the best possible reproduction of the frail 16 mm film is a dream come true. And the 5.1 sound is superb.

As to the controversy surrounding the release: I adore Roger Hodgson, but on this issue, I frankly think he is missing the point. This stuff needs to be available. End of story. Not listing the writers? Well - duh! Anyone buying Supertramp would know that Hodgson and Davies had a "Lennon/McCartney pact". And they can't even remember themselves any longer who wrote exactly what anyway. Rick Davies' objections seem even more obscure.

The other three members (and their original sound engineer) should be commended for overruling the feeble objections and securing the release.

Buy it: It is a priceless, timeless masterpiece. No prog collection should be without it.

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 Paris by SUPERTRAMP album cover Live, 1980
3.59 | 135 ratings

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Paris
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Merely the absence of If Everyone Was Listening and the shift in the placement of Asylum prevents the Paris show from effectively being a live version of Crime of the Century, with songs from the subsequent albums slipped in at appropriate places along the way. With excellent performances all round, the band do justice to their better studio albums from this era (Crime of the Century and Even In the Quietest Moments) and, to my ears at least, improve on the material from the era's less inspiring albums (Crisis, What Crisis? and Breakfast In America). Glorious stuff, definitely worth a listen if you want the definitive live document of Supertramp's most commercially and creatively successful period.

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 It Was The Best Of Times  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Live, 1999
3.40 | 35 ratings

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It Was The Best Of Times
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Review by genbanks

4 stars Was hard to find the double CD but finally I have it, and it is a great production. Along the years I was enjoying more and more the Davies side of Supertramp and this album is for me a good proof of that. The album has a great sound and a shows a very polished performance of the band. One of the things that I really aprecciate of IWTBOT is that there are many tracks from the post Hodgson era, and they sound great. Mark Hurt is not Hodgson but he does a decent job, and by the way there are only 4 songs originally sung by Roger, over a total of 21, so less than a 20%. The set list mixes some pop stuff (specially Roger's American Breakfast songs), some stunning ballads written by Davies, and these prog jazzy tracks that I really enjoy too much.

The show starts wit It's a hard world, a mini epic from the Some things never change (STNCH) album, in a superb version with some differences with the original, simply great. You win I lose is another track of that album, but not a big thing. Originally this song was an attempt of Davies and Hodgson to return to the old times which finally was a failure. If this song would be a bit faster maybe could be better, so, nothing special. Things get better with the other song of STNCH, like Listen to me please. Now the performance and the track are stunning. The fast piano riff and the Davies singing are great and Hurts fits perfect in the vocal counterpoint, Then, in the chorus, Davies sounds with all his power. On the CD 1 old tracks like Ain't nobody, From now on or Rudy goes well too, specially this last one, a really prog number. Cannonball sounds really good, and the ballad Free as a bird in the same way. Sooner or later, sung by Mark Hurt, seems to be almost an Alan Parsons track, till flows into the instrumental section, and here John Helliwell is at his best in a great performance, over all this piano and hammonds inputs, great.

But the best is in the CD 2, and maybe that confirms my present tastes. I'm talking about of this version of Another man's woman. Here Supertramp sounds incredible, and doing a live prog number in a level in which maybe never did before. I have the Paris DVD, with an old version of this track live, and differences are prominent. Here everything seems to be perfect, the power of the band, the guitar and the percussion works, but mainly this long and frenetic piano solo. Davies shines with his voice and the ending is just perfect. Another man's woman is the absolute highlight of the album, and this song is not in the single CD version. In this second CD we can find a stunning performance of the beautiful ballad Downstream (Even in the quietests moments), or the live version of And the light, another great ballad from STNCH, and amazing renditions of classics like Goodbye stranger (not in the Paris CD), Bloody well right, School or Crime of the Century.

Hodgson wasn't anymore, and Supertramp made one of their best works (IMO), with many prog elements, and I think that is an excellent addition.

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 Brother Where You Bound  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.69 | 223 ratings

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Brother Where You Bound
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Review by Gatot
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3 stars There was skepticism when this album came out as the band's eight album noting that what's Supertramp would look like without Hodgson? In fact their previous album 'Famous Last Words' was not that powerful at all even though that was the last album before parting ways between two original founders. Surprisingly this one is better than the previous one even though not that excellent. I would say this is the last great Supertramp album. I loved Breakfast, Paris, Crime of the Century. This album was a statement that the band could go on without Hodgson. Song like CannonBall is a good one with some jazzy style with excellent instrumental work. "Better Days" shows an extended fade-out with voice-overs by the four key players in the 1984 Presidential Campaign: quotes spoken by Geraldine Ferraro and Walter Mondale sounding from the left audio channel and those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan on the right, mixed with John Helliwell's extended saxophone solo. The album's sixteen-and-a-half-minute title track is an epic that features Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham on rhythm guitar and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on the guitar solos. Also, the track had readings from Orwell's '1984'. For sure, I like the recording quality of this album. My record is actually in the media of cassette and it sounds incredible when I play it loud on Tandberg TCD 440A cassette deck. Wow!

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 Famous Last Words by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.11 | 216 ratings

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Famous Last Words
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Review by Gatot
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3 stars Has this artwork inspired Dream Theater's A Dramatic Turn of Events or Saga's Heads or Tails? I don't know but they are in similar context, I think. ...Famous Last Words was the last album that Roger Hodgson made with Supertramp before seeking a solo career, and he made sure that radio would take kindly to his last appreciation with the band. The album put two singles on the charts, with the poignant "My Kind of Lady" peaking at number 31 and the effervescent smile of "It's Raining Again" going to number 11. The album itself went Top Ten both in the U.S. and in the U.K., eventually going gold in America. The songs contained in the album were purposely positioned for Top 40 radio, delicately textured and built around overly bland and urbane choruses. It's of course not a good one for those who compare it with the debut album. The band was actually under tension to produce something as successful as its predecessor Breakfast in America but it failed to paint the elements of complexity or progressive music style.

The album was written under difficult circumstances: 1. at the height of personal tension between Roger and Rick (and reportedly their respective wives who were not best of friends). It's the first time they wrote and recorded their own songs in separate studios without any face to face collaboration, 2. It was a typical under pressure follow up album to the chart topping Breakfast in America.

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 Supertramp by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.46 | 219 ratings

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Supertramp
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Whenever I look at the artwork of this Supertramp's debut album, it reminds me one act of Peter Gabriel in performing Supper's Ready live after he sings: "A flower?". This artwork by Supertramp appeared in July 1970 while Genesis Foxtrot was sometime in 1972 ? was it because of this artwork then Peter Gabriel acted like a flower? Maybe it's just a coincidence.

By the late 1970s, the Supertramp's blend of keyboard-heavy progressive rock and pop flavor had yielded several hit singles and a few platinum LPs. In the late 1960s Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes heard Rick Davies in a band called the Joint. When that band broke up, Miesegaes offered to bankroll a band if Davies would handle the music. Davies placed classified ads in London newspapers for a band. The first response was from Roger Hodgson, who was to split songwriting and singing with Davies in Supertramp, the name they took from W.H. Davies' 1938 book, The Autobiography of a Supertramp. Supertramp is the self-titled debut album released in July 1970. It has sometimes been published under the title Now and Then. The album explored a more of progressive rock than their later works, and was their only album recorded without a saxophonist. It was not released in the US until late 1977. No wonder if people at the US did not recognize this as the debut album.

The music is progressive in texture and it's the only one on which drummer Bob Miller and guitarist Richard Palmer appeared, replaced by Kevin Currie and Frank Farrell for the Indelibly Stamped release which surfaced a year later. It has greater emphasis and attention granted to the keyboards and guitars than to the writing and to the overall effluence of the music. There are some excellent segments, such as the mixture of melody and subtlety that arises in "Words Unspoken," "Surely," and "Nothing to Show". There is also fusion that consumes throughout the 12 minutes of "Try Again" . Hodgson uses of cello, flageolet, and acoustic guitar and while both he and Davies had just recently formed solid collaboration, it was evident that their songwriting was going to be one of the band's strengths.

There's quality music hidden beneath the picture on this fine debut album. What a difference a couple of years makes! Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson would remain the only hold overs from the first album on later Supertramp classics. Hodgson handles the bulk of the lead vocals on the debut and he does so quite well. The bluesy style that distinguish the Davies sung pieces hasn't quite emerged yet with the sound firmly planted in the "classic" prog sound of the early 70's.

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