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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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  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 26 Jan 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 28 Jan 2015
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  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 19 Jun 2015
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  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 21 Jun 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 1 Jul 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 4 Jul 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 12 Jul 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 30 Jul 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 31 Jul 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 6 Aug 2015
  • Roger Hodgson, Legendary Singer-Songwriter formerly of Supertramp with band on 29 Aug 2015
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SUPERTRAMP discography


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

3.46 | 224 ratings
Supertramp
1970
2.56 | 165 ratings
Indelibly Stamped
1971
4.34 | 1091 ratings
Crime Of The Century
1974
3.54 | 321 ratings
Crisis? What Crisis?
1975
3.93 | 429 ratings
Even in the Quietest Moments....
1977
3.93 | 510 ratings
Breakfast in America
1979
3.10 | 225 ratings
Famous Last Words
1982
3.70 | 230 ratings
Brother Where You Bound
1985
1.79 | 126 ratings
Free As A Bird
1987
3.05 | 102 ratings
Some Things Never Change
1997
2.83 | 89 ratings
Slow Motion
2002

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

3.56 | 137 ratings
Paris
1980
2.34 | 24 ratings
Supertramp Live '88
1988
3.39 | 36 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 | 16 ratings
The Story So Far...
1991
3.04 | 9 ratings
Inside Supertramp 1974-1978
2004
4.02 | 9 ratings
Gateway To New Horizons
2010
4.29 | 25 ratings
Live in Paris 1979
2012

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

2.55 | 21 ratings
The Autobiography of Supertramp
1987
2.08 | 9 ratings
Classics, Vol. 9
1987
3.41 | 29 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp
1990
3.05 | 22 ratings
The Very Best Of Supertramp - Volume 2
1992
3.30 | 26 ratings
Retrospectable - The Supertramp Anthology
2005

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

3.50 | 2 ratings
Dreamer / Bloody Well Right
1974
3.00 | 8 ratings
Land Ho / Summer Romance
1974
3.00 | 3 ratings
Lady / You Started Laughing When I Held You In My Arms
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Take the Long Way Home / From Now On
1979
2.00 | 2 ratings
Breakfast in America / Gone Hollywood
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
It's Raining Again / Bonnie
1982
3.90 | 2 ratings
Don't Leave Me Now / Waiting So Long
1982

SUPERTRAMP Reviews


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 Crisis? What Crisis? by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.54 | 321 ratings

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Crisis? What Crisis?
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars Pretty much everyone agrees that as the follow up album for the amazing "Crime of the Century" that "Crisis, What Crisis?" is a step backwards. So, what happened? Well, the record company happened. Supertramp had such success after the previous masterpiece that they were busy touring heavily and didn't have any songs written for another album. But the record company was putting pressure on the band to produce a worthy follow up and they wanted it "NOW". Not the first time that has happened and it won't be the last. So, the band took some leftover songs from the "Crime of the Century" sessions that they had been playing during the tour and they quickly threw together a few more songs and this is the album that happened. Yep, it's that usual tragic record company story.

However, even though it is not as good as CotC, C,WC? is still an enjoyable album in my opinion. It did take a little while to grow on me and for many years, I thought this was their 3rd album and CotC was their 4th, that's because of the maturity and quality of the songs on CotC. This album is a lot more light hearted and upbeat, but the songs lack a little depth and progressiveness.

I still consider this a great album though. I love the songs "A Soapbox Opera", "Another Man's Woman", "Poor Boy" and "Just Another Day" and consider them great Supertramp tracks. The tracks are very bouncy and dripping with rhythm, piano and keyboards but lacking guitar. So it's a fun album, but not as beautiful and emotional as the previous album. Even the band recognize that it was not a cohesive album because of the pressure put on them to produce another album.

By all means, I don't think this album should be ignored. Just realize ahead of time that you are not going to get a masterpiece like you did before and be ready for something lighter more in the vein of "Breakfast in America" and you'll have a good idea what to expect and you won't be disappointed so much, then maybe the album won't seem so bad and you can listen to it with new ears and realize that it is still an excellent addition to your collection. 4 stars, but it might take you a while to realize it.

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 Don't Leave Me Now / Waiting So Long by SUPERTRAMP album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Don't Leave Me Now / Waiting So Long
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars Famous Last Words, SUPERTRAMP's last studio album featuring Roger Hodgson, is doubtlessly weaker as a whole compared to the preceding Breakfast in America (1979) or other albums starting from the excellent Crime of the Century (1974). But it sure contains some great songs, and this single happens to include exactly the two best ones if you ask me.

'Don't Leave Me Now' by Hodgson is one of my favourites from the whole discography. It's a very emotional and dramatic song, one to bring you goosebumps. It's also respectable that there's no abridged single version (according to discogs.com where I copied it here) but the whole six and half minutes of this marvelous and relatively progressive song. The fantastic instrumental section features a beautiful female vocalise part.

The equally long B-sider 'Waiting So Long' is also from the album, written and sung by Rick Davies. It's a perfect companion to Hodgson's song, sharing some of its emotional intensity. Both of these songs are from the darker side of Supertramp's output. This was a fine way to put an end to the classic era of this unique band.

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 Brother Where You Bound  by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.70 | 230 ratings

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Brother Where You Bound
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by TCat

5 stars It was a sad thing to see Roger Hodgson leave Supertramp. Gone was that balance that was needed to soften up the raspyness of Rick Davies voice and together they were amazing. The fact that they proved to the world that piano rock was alive and well and also needed was amazing. At the time, Supertramp was my favorite band, so it was a sad day when I heard that that side of Supertramp was gone.

I was disappointed in the previous album "Famous Last Words" thinking that for the most part, Rick actually had the best songs and except for a few instances, Roger's songs were very boring. I still had high hopes for this album before I heard it, I loved Cannonball because the uptempo sound that Roger was best at was still there, so I was excited to hear all of it. However, I was very disappointed at first listen and it took me a while to appreciate this album. I bought both this album and Roger Hodgson's debut solo album and arranged them on a cassette so that the lead singers still traded off every other song and that helped this album grow on me. Now I can listen to this album all on it's own and appreciate everything about it.

This album is much more proggy than Roger Hodgson's solo album (even though it's still a favorite of mine also). The songs on this Supertramp album are amazingly written, smart, and in my opinion, among some of their best. Suddenly this album started to make a lot of sense to me, and to tell you the truth, has aged much better than Roger's solo albums. The trend to try to get some of the popularity back with Rick doing all the vocals made the subsequent albums suffer a lot. It makes me wish the song writing team could get back together to get that special mix that they used to have. But, if Supertramp had continued the path that this album had started, I don't know if I would have missed Roger so much.

This is an amazing album and just like most prog masterpieces, it takes a few listens to really appreciate it. So, forget that Roger was ever a member of the band while you listen to this, give it a chance, and maybe you'll see how great it is. I consider this essential because it only proves that even with a major loss in a band, it is still possible to deliver excellent quality music and progressiveness without needing to sell out. 5 stars people, 5 stars.

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 Breakfast in America by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.93 | 510 ratings

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Breakfast in America
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars This is the album that blew things open in a big way for Supertramp. It brought an amazing band out into the white, hot spotlight. The group had it's following before, but this album made them superstars. So full of pop sensibility while retaining a lot of their original sound and still full of surprises. But at this point, it has been so played to death because of the plethora of hits. No doubt about it though, this is still a lot of fun to listen to, but it's popularity has watered it down a bit. This is the album that opened myself and many other people up to Supertramp's great music and it also made the band my favorite for many years. The favorite spot now is inhabited by King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Yes, and My Morning Jacket, but Supertramp will always hold a special place in my heart, especially the albums "Crime of the Century" and "Even in the Quietest Moments". If it weren't for this album, I probably would never have discovered the essential albums in their discography as early as I did. Plus, these albums influenced me to search for more prog since I loved Supertramp so much. Anyway, this is the entry point if you haven't yet discovered Supertramp, just make sure you listen to Crime of the Century if you want to hear a masterpiece. This one however poppy it is, is still an excellent addition to your prog rock collection, though.

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 Crime Of The Century by SUPERTRAMP album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.34 | 1091 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
3.00 | 3 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, in the U.S., and in Australia) at the same time as their "Crisis? What Crisis?" album was released , and it had in the "A" side of the U.K. single the album version of "Lady", and in the U.S. single it had an edited version of this same song 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
Supertramp Crossover Prog

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
4.29 | 25 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
3.56 | 137 ratings

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Paris
Supertramp Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 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).

Fun stuff and definitely worth a listen if you want the definitive live document of Supertramp's most commercially and creatively successful period, but at the same time with repeated listens I find that the Crime of the Century material still stands head and shoulders over the rest of what's on offer, to the point where I'd rather just listen to the studio album again. Increasingly, I find myself drawn to the conclusion that Supertramp only caught lightning in a bottle once with that album, with perhaps a few after-crackles showing up in later singles.

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