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SUPERTRAMP

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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SUPERTRAMP shows & tickets


  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band & orchestra on 30 Apr 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band & orchestra on 1 May 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band & orchestra on 2 May 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band & orchestra on 3 May 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 19 Jun 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 24 Jun 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 25 Jun 2014
  • Naperville Ribfest on 3 Jul 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 5 Jul 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 28 Aug 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 29 Aug 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 30 Aug 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 1 Sep 2014
  • Legendary Singer-Songwriter Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp with band on 3 Sep 2014

SUPERTRAMP discography


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

3.46 | 207 ratings
Supertramp
1970
2.56 | 152 ratings
Indelibly Stamped
1971
4.34 | 993 ratings
Crime Of The Century
1974
3.55 | 290 ratings
Crisis? What Crisis?
1975
3.95 | 390 ratings
Even in the Quietest Moments....
1977
3.92 | 459 ratings
Breakfast in America
1979
3.11 | 205 ratings
Famous Last Words
1982
3.64 | 212 ratings
Brother Where You Bound
1985
1.78 | 113 ratings
Free As A Bird
1987
3.06 | 94 ratings
Some Things Never Change
1997
2.85 | 82 ratings
Slow Motion
2002

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

3.58 | 125 ratings
Paris
1980
2.34 | 24 ratings
Supertramp Live '88
1988
3.38 | 28 ratings
It Was The Best Of Times
1999
3.93 | 20 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
3.96 | 6 ratings
Gateway To New Horizons
2010
4.16 | 19 ratings
Live in Paris 1979
2012

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

2.56 | 22 ratings
The Autobiography of Supertramp
1987
2.10 | 10 ratings
Classics, Vol. 9
1987
3.40 | 29 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)

2.96 | 6 ratings
Land Ho / Summer Romance
1974

SUPERTRAMP Reviews


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 Paris by SUPERTRAMP album cover Live, 1980
3.58 | 125 ratings

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Paris
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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
3.38 | 28 ratings

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It Was The Best Of Times
Supertramp Crossover Prog

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
3.64 | 212 ratings

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Brother Where You Bound
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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 | 205 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 | 207 ratings

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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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 Brother Where You Bound  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.64 | 212 ratings

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Brother Where You Bound
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars From where do you come brother, Monkey?

Finally, Rick Davies took over, with his arsenal of keyboards. And with the positive and negative of it. The rest of the band in a very good job, as always. Most intriguing was knowing the direction it would take the group, in terms of style, such as the quality of the compositions. The answer to the first, was highly satisfactory. The songwriting is good, particularly Cannonball and the title track. Better Days contains good passages, too. And the remaining songs, filled in well to the work as a whole.

Some innovations and daring experiments that produce a good effect, adjusting to the times without losing the essence. The technical and production are superb. Responding to the title: It was his last work qualified, and better than some previous ones.

3.5 + stars.

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 Even in the Quietest Moments....  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.95 | 390 ratings

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Even in the Quietest Moments....
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars Apart from infectious and honeyed melodies repeated ad nauseum in his day for many of the radios, Even in the Quietest Moments is a relevant album. Times were changing and the relationship of the members of the band, apparently too. The product, therefore, it is still a little uneven.

However, contains iconic songs as Fool's Overture (creative and innovative), Babaji and Even in the Quietest Moments. Downstream is nice too. From Now On starts from good ideas and lyrical, but the arrangements are not successful and is somewhat repetitive. Give a Little Bit is indisputable as composition, an excellent pop song with an occasional progressive ingredient.

Because Fool's Overture should be in every decent progressive collection. 3.5 stars.

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 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.34 | 993 ratings

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Crime Of The Century
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Xonty

5 stars Crime Of The Century is one of my all-time favourite albums. I adore the blends of mainstream pop with jazzy art rock. The album remains very consistent throughout, and is packed with many excellent melodies and various genres. All of the musicians are talented, and work very well together, and Hodgson and Davies are excellent songwriters. They made an excellent comeback here after the less impressive (but still underrated) "Indelibly Stamped".

The album begins with "School", one of the best tracks on the album. On my first few listens, the harmonica intro (and the rest of the track in that case) dragged on a bit for me, but over time I've gotten to appreciate the length of it. The lyrics describe Hodgson's experience of school when he was younger, which I felt I could really relate to. There is some great musicianship on this song, especially the piano solo at around 3 minutes into it. The song also has a very nice beat and structure in the bass, holding it together well, and some great harmonies (though possibly some missed opportunities).

Again, "Bloody Well Right" has a bit of a lengthy intro, but I have grown to really like it. I suppose the whole song goes a bit too much into mainstream on the mainstream side. I think "Dreamer" itself got enough notability for them, and a second single wasn't really necessary, but nevertheless a great change from the 2 lengthy more "experimental" songs either side of it. I love the guitar on it though - some great wah-wah techniques, and lovely jazzy keyboard moments before the heavy verse kicks in, with Davies' wonderfully harsh vocals. On the whole, definitely catchy, and some very talented musicianship again. The piano, guitar, (and saxophones) work very well together. A great chemistry, and more brilliantly placed harmonies.

"Hide In Your Shell" and "Asylum" are both quite similar. They have very lush piano parts, and are perhaps being more experimental. Both have great lyrics and music, and are being quite experimental. This is contrasted by the relatively simple and more mainstream "Dreamer". Once again, great harmonies, lyrics, and an excellent feel comes through Hodgson's vocals and the chord progressions. An excellent way to start the 2nd side.

"Rudy" is a sort of concept song about a man on a train who's been essentially wasting his life, but there's lots of ideas you can get from it. I was writing a similar song myself, but sort of gave up when I first heard this - another little masterpiece, very underrated on the album. Also, great climaxes, and allows enough time for all of the instruments to play out, without dragging it on.

"If Everyone Was Listening", again has all of these things previously mentioned. The song itself is quite basic essentially and leaves a bit to imagination. On the whole, one of the weaker songs but still amazing, and has been my favourite on the album many times. Lovely theatrical lyrics open to interpretation, and musically great with the basic piano and vocal melodies/harmonies.

The final song "Crime Of The Century" sort of sums up the album in a way. It's really quite minor and looking at the world in a hopeless kind of way, almost apocalyptic. Quite difficult to explain. Looking back, this theme is maintained is every song. It's comes out strongly every now and then to give you something to think about, but it's always there in some way. The song itself begins with some quite interesting piano chords, and Davies taking helm on the vocals. After a couple of minutes, the song goes into an instrumental, bringing back in all of the instruments heard throughout the album (guitar, saxophone, and finally harmonica, neatly ending the album and referring to the beginning). On the whole, the song could be a little better, but I couldn't imagine the album without it.

A+ - Supertramp's greatest work without a doubt, and one of the greatest in prog rock. Every song gets ***** from me.

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 Breakfast in America by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.92 | 459 ratings

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Breakfast in America
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by marcobrusa

3 stars This album contains some famous songs such as the title track and "The Logical Song". I consider it a pop, catchy yet intelligent album of crossover prog. I can't help but smile when i hear "Take The Long Way Home". But I suppose this attraction that pop music has is what puts this album in the "cheesy" category IMHO. I stopped listening to this album seriously when I discovered the REAL prog bands, but I still think it's good. If you never listened to prog rock this album may open hour head! This is well crafted music and I respect it very much!

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 Crisis? What Crisis? by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.55 | 290 ratings

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Crisis? What Crisis?
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by criegod

4 stars I enjoy reading these (ProgArchives) reviews... seeing what other people think about albums that i'm familiar with. I've never posted before until now, though. The last few days i've been reading hundreds and hundreds of reviews of the later Yes and Genesis albums that i "rejected" back in the day. (I didn't actually reject them so much as just never listen, giving up on the bands after _And Then There Were Three_ and _Going for the One_.) Some of their later stuff isn't really so bad, although i'll say that i've always found Genesis' pop aspirations far more palatable than Yes' (I even think Phil Collins' first couple of albums are actually pretty good pop that i can enjoy... on rare occasions -- and in limited doses -- nowadays.)

So, far from being aversive to pop, i can actually LIKE it. To me, pop means that it's both catchy and popular. That doesn't mean it's any good. That's another axis altogether. So, to Supertramp. First, i'm surprised that there are relatively so few reviews here compared to Yes and Genesis. I'll admit that, until reading reviews on the later Genesis albums i never even realized what a hugely successful pop phenomenon they were. Maybe Genesis (despite most of their later music not being to my taste) did a service to the world of music, in general, in helping to at least elevate the level of commercially successful pop music somewhat.

Supertramp is a band that has substantial pop elements, as some reviewers noted is true for this album. I think the most successful creation of absolutely fantastic pop music happened on Supertramp's later _Breakfast In America_. I don't rate that as highly as _Crisis! What Crisis?_, but that's because some of the weaker songs on the former fall below a threshold where i just don't want to hear them any more ("Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song"). This is all to situate myself, as the reviewer, so that you, the reader, can better gauge what i have to say about _Crisis? What Crisis?_. IMO, the best Genesis album is _Selling England by the Pound_, the best Yes album _Close to the Edge_ and the best Supertramp album _Crisis? What Crisis?_

Mostly, i don't listen much to any of this stuff any more, most of my listening being focused on the unfolding state of the "current" music scene (listening to The Frames _The Cost_, right at the moment... not exactly current, but a great album). One last comment regarding situating myself, the reviewer: King Crimson tops all of the aforementioned, with my favorite albums of theirs being either _Lizard_ or _Larks' Tongues In Aspic_ (both absolutely great albums).

I encountered _Crime of the Century_ while i was in college and... it's hard to describe how it affected me other than to say i was _deeply_ into it. This before _Crisis?_ was released. Then came _Crisis?_ and i found it to be a more mature album. There's a sort of deeply adolescent streak deep within the heart of _Crime of the Century_ that both deeply resonated with me at the time, and hasn't worn so well since then. _Crisis? What Crisis?_, on the other hand, is an album that hasn't lost one whit of it's charm for me. This doesn't happen unless an album has variety and mixes this variety up well. _Crisis?_ does this perfectly.

For me, there isn't a weak song (not even close) on this album. In fact, for a long time, i considered that it had the 3 greatest songs ever to be placed in succession on an album: "Poor Boy," "Just a Normal Day," and "The Meaning." To this day, these songs still evoke in me strong emotions, although the emotions evoked by each of these songs are worlds apart (that's variety for you). Each of these songs (as with most of the rest of the album) reflect that apotheosis of good songwriting: a perfect marriage of words, music and meaning. "Poor Boy" is a song that, to me, voices some of my deepest feelings about life, but if those feelings are about just being happy and satisfied in the little things, then it's not such a "serious" song (although i take it completely seriously). "Just a Normal Day" is almost heartbreaking. The feeling of melancholy evoked by this song fits the sentiment perfectly, although to feel this way you have to perceive what a "normal day" means from a perspective similar to that of the songwriter. "The Meaning" is harder to grasp, with the song swirling and crescendoing around lyrics that are saying something deep in a somewhat oblique way.

As for the rest of the songs... "Two of Us" reminds me of "Follow You Follow Me" by Genesis (a song that i find beautiful, utterly rejecting the idea that because it's pop or schmaltz or a love song or whatever, it can't also be a great composition). Where "Follow You Follow Me" is "just" a beautiful song and sentiment however, "Two of Us" is almost painful in it's beauty.

"Lady" is probably the "weakest" song on the album, poppy, and a herald of what was to come on _Breakfast In America_... absolutely top-grade pop. The keyboards propel the song along verse by verse, the melody ascending by steps, urgency heightening subtly, broken by a minor-key transition in the middle and then ending with an instrumental outro that reminds me of "Take the Long Way Home" (this part is one of those that represents a "weaker" point on the album).

As for the rest of it... you just have to hear it. It's the pinnacle of Supertramp's songwriting prowess over the length of a full album. Starting out with "Easy Does It" / "Sister Moonshine" (slotted side by side, belonging together, as does each song on this album), followed by the hard-edged "swing" of "Easy Does It," segueing into "A Soapbox Opera" (a _great_ song with, imo, great lyrics... reminding me of the later "Fool's Overture" in the introduction), then "Another Man's Woman," a nice pop/rock song that, again, fits into the album sequence perfectly (following the plaintive mood of "A Soapbox Opera" with something completely different), followed itself by "Lady."

So, there you have it. A minority view, which is what prompted me to write this. Only "friso"s review seemed to appreciate the merits of this album as i do. Supertramp, in my view, was exceptional (perhaps even unique) in being able to "go commercial" with such fabulous success (musically, not necessarily commercially: Genesis seems to have been top at that game). The proof of that wouldn't be clearly seen until _Breakfast In America_, though ("Gone Hollywood" ... such a _great_ song... "Goodbye Stranger," "Just Another Nervous Wreck"), but that's for another review. _Crime of the Century_ is, without question, a great album (although "Dreamer" is a precursor to the later, relative, duds on _BinA_ that i mentioned previously). But _Crisis? What Crisis?_ is (for me) Supertramp at their absolute peak.

A non-music related note: there are so many bands listed on ProgArchives that don't make "Progressive" music that i'd rather that this distinction of whether something is a masterpiece of "progressive rock" or not just go away, as far as rating the album (how about: "Essential: a masterpiece, worthing of inclusion in anyone's prog rock music collection"?). There's no question in my mind that _Crisis? What Crisis?_ is a masterpiece, 5 star album. But, alas, i can't say it's a masterpiece of progressive rock, because it just isn't that. It's "just" a masterpiece, full stop.

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