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Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson - Born 21 March 1950 (Portsmouth, England)

Best known as the one half of the very recognizable duo-fronting SUPERTRAMP in the 70's, Roger Hodgson left the group after the album "Famous Last Words" and turned to a solo career. He recorded a fine first solo album called "The Eye Of The Storm". However, as SUPERTRAMP will make their first album without him "Brother, Where You Bound?" a real success (both artistically and commercially) it became evident that after his second solo album "Haï, Haï" and his former group's "Free As A Bird" (both albums were rather poor) that both parties ended up as losers. A reunion seemed the obvious course, but unfortunately egos and business decisions have so far stopped this.

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3.45 | 97 ratings
In The Eye Of The Storm
1984
1.87 | 63 ratings
Hai Hai
1987
3.22 | 52 ratings
Open The Door
2000

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

2.28 | 33 ratings
Rites Of Passage
1997
4.22 | 9 ratings
Classics Live
2011

ROGER HODGSON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.15 | 21 ratings
Take the Long Way Home - Live in Montreal
2006

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Had a Dream
1984
3.00 | 1 ratings
In Jeopardy (edit)
1984
4.00 | 1 ratings
You Make Me Love You
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
London
1987
4.50 | 2 ratings
Land Ho
1988
5.00 | 1 ratings
Hungry
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Open the Door
2000

ROGER HODGSON Reviews


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 Hai Hai by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.87 | 63 ratings

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Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

2 stars 1987 was a bad year for the left over remnants of Supertramp as Rick Davies released the awful "Free as a Bird" (under the Supertramp moniker that he continued to keep alive) and Roger Hodgson released the uninspired pop of "Hai Hai". The previous albums both artists released close to the same time ("Brother Where You Bound" and "In the Eye of the Storm") were pretty decent and would have made quite an amazing album if the two previously co-leaders of Supertramp had stayed together, and it seemed as if the two artist might be able to be respectable on their own. But, 1987 proved that this was a false hope as this time, both albums would be releases that should be forgotten.

"Hai Hai" follows Hodgson's previous album by continuing on the pop path, but leaving out any indication that much of his previous music at least followed some progressive practices. This album was a half-hearted attempt to go completely commercial. This time there were no long tracks and any of them were playable on the radio, for the most part. Hodgson could have at least tried to make a decent pop album by giving it some heart, but instead, he leaves it out. Sure, the album starts out with some nice bright pop with the first three songs; "Right Place", "My Magazine", and the reggae- influenced "London" tries to find a foot hold in the synth-laden pop of the 80's, and just about gets there, but, all hope is lost when you reach the completely washed-out, assembly-line pop sound of "You Make Me Love You". It seems that Hodgson can't redeem the album after this point, and the rest of the songs just don't seem to create any excitement becoming quite pointless and uninteresting. Not even "Land Ho", a leftover song from the Supertramp days, written by both Hodgson and Davies, can't save this.

Since I had been a long-time Supertramp fan, I was very disappointed after hearing this album the first time. Even after hearing it several times, it fails to make any impression on me, even in a pop-music sense. Hodgson just didn't seem to be sold on these tracks much either. There was no tour for this album either, as Hodgson was involved in an accident a week after it was released, that left him unable to use his hands for quite some time. After this point, I lost all interest in his solo career and didn't take any time to hear any of his following albums for quite some time. I did keep some interest in Rick Davies' Supertramp, but not a lot of hope. However, at least they were able to release one decent album many years later, however Hodgson has failed to impress on his own after this point, as much as I hate to say that. It has been a sad loss to what had been a respectable career previous to this album.

 In Jeopardy (edit) by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Heart of the Matter

— First review of this album —
3 stars Most all of you already know the story, I suppose: Blockbuster album right in the middle of Synth-Pop golden age , namely "In The Eye Of The Storm", needed of promotion via singles, and all comprised itself by potencial (and actual) hits, leads to this release.

On the A side, we find the born-for-radio "Jeopardy", a perfect pop song where the polished sound of keyboards meets the not less polished vocals of Roger in a call for awareness to all citizens of this mad world.

On the flip, "I'm Not Afraid" brings out a slightly more rough side of our artist (or least polished, at least), with percussive piano and nice rythm on the electric guitar.

 In The Eye Of The Storm by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.45 | 97 ratings

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Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nº 222

"In The Eye Of The Storm" is the debut studio album of the former Supertramp's member Roger Hodgson, as a solo artist. It was released after Roger Hodgson decided to leave Supertramp. That decision was taken by him during the live tour of Supertramp's seventh studio album "Famous Last Words". So, it became to be the last Supertramp's album with their classic line up. Somehow, "In The Eye Of The Storm" is seen as the Spertramp's lost album, by some of their fans.

Despite Roger Hodgson plays the vast majority of the musical instruments by himself along the all album, he also invited several musicians to collaborate with him on this album. So, the line up on the album is Roger Hodgson (lead and backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar and drums), Claire Diament (vocals), Ken Allardyce (backing vocals and harmonica), Scott Page (saxophones), Jimmy Johnson (fretless bass) and Michael Shrieve (drums).

"In The Eye Of The Storm" has seven tracks. All songs were written and arranged by Roger Hodgson. The first track "Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)" is a long version of the minor hit "Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy"), the album's first single with about four minutes long. This long version features an extended introduction full of great sound effects like a child birth, an emotional middle part and a longer musical section full of those so typical Hodgson vocal improvisations. This is a great beginning to the album, a song very powerful and where Roger plays some amazing piano and guitar. The second track "In Jeopardy" is a song with a bluesy feeling. This was the second single from this Roger's solo album, and in reality, it didn't too much at all. This is a track with a lower tempo and leaned strongly with the piano and keyboards. Musically, it consists of a repetitive hook with a very slight variation, each time. This is another song that keeps in a very high level the general quality of the album. The third track "Lovers In The Wind" is the first ballad on the album and represents, indeed, one of the highlights of the album. I first met this song trough his DVD "Take The Long Way Home ? Live In Montreal", and I must confess that I fell deeply amazed with that song. This is a very beautiful ballad with an almost classical piano play, a warm fretless bass combined with a soft percussion and nice vocal work, making of this song a magic and dreaming ballad that is very unusual to be heard. The fourth track "Hooked On A Problem" sees the return of the typical Roger Hodgson singing, along all the track, supported by a friendly catchy chorus coupled with Scott Page's saxophone playing. This is probably the weakest song on the album. It's nice and well delivered, but isn't as great as the others. However, it represents a happy and enjoyable way to close the first side of the album, if we have the vinyl version. The fifth track "Give Me Love, Give Me Life" is, in my humble opinion, one of the two epic tracks of the album and is probably one of Roger Hodgson's most amazing, complex and most progressive musical creations. The track can be divided into several musical segments. It starts with a hopeful sounding section with vocals and piano, which soon explodes in the most energetic and powerful song on the album. This is one of the three my favourite songs on the album. The sixth track "I'm Not Afraid", as happened with "In Jeopardy", has also a bluesy feeling. It features the repetitive musical sequence that Roger Hodgson so likes to use. It starts in a dark and bombastic mood and features some great harmonica work. Then, the mood switches to a more up tempo pace and the song gets more joyful for a while. Finally, the track ends with an atmospheric vocal play and a big bang. The seventh and last track "Only Because Of You" represents the emotional progressive ballad of the album. This is definitely the great highlight of the album and one of the most progressive tracks of it too. It's also, without any doubt, the best progressive ballad of Roger Hodgson, which unfortunately Supertramp never recorded. This is a song that reminds me very strongly "Don't Leave Me Now", the best song composed by Roger Hodgson to Supertramp's seventh studio album "Famous Last Words". This song represents simply a fantastic way to conclude this great album.

Conclusion: "In The Eye Of The Storm" is simply the best Supertramp's album released outside of the band's musical catalogue. We even can say that "In The Eye Of The Storm" is the Supertramp's lost album. It's, in my humble opinion, better than Supertramp's eighth studio album "Brother Where You Bound", released in 1985, a year after this album, and is definitely better than the rest of the studio albums released by the group after Roger Hodgson departure. "In The Eye Of The Storm" is, as far I'm concerned, Roger's best studio album, to date, and represents also one of my favourite Supertramp's albums. It's perfectly at the same level of the Supertramp's albums, "Crisis? What Crisis?", "Breakfast In America" and "Famous Last Words". Who read my review of "Famous Last Words" knows I love that album. Sincerely, I think "In The Eye Of The Storm" was only supplanted by "Crime Of The Century" and "Even In The Quietest Moments?". If it wasn't because of "Hooked On A Problem", I probably would have given to this album 5 stars too.

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 In The Eye Of The Storm by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.45 | 97 ratings

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Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Having been such a huge Supertramp fan, I was really excited for this album when it came out, and I wasn't disappointed back then either, I thought the album was terrific. Now, many years later, I still enjoy it, but I don't love it as much as I did. It is a well crafted album, for sure, but it is an album that tends to lose it's draw after time, unlike the Supertramp album released around the same time under the direction of the other Supertramp leader, Rick Davies. That album has definitely withstood the test of time and has actually gotten better over the years. It's too bad that the two leads had to break up because they were perfect together, and they probably would have continued to produce top quality work. While Supertramp's "Brother Where You Bound" was top notch progressive rock, Roger's "In the Eye of the Storm" only retained progressiveness in the length of the songs on this album, but it is definitely a pop album, even though the music is of the best quality of pop.

If this album and "BWYB" had been release together as a double Supertramp album, we would have had a Supertramp album as good as any of their best. That would have been in a perfect world. Alas, the next albums that Roger and Supertramp put out were both mediocre attempts at trying out new sounds to fit with the 80s, and that was a sad thing.

This album, even if it does grow old after a while, is still a great album and shouldn't be totally ignored, especially by Supertramp fans. You will be satisfied with the piano led songs, that sound like they could have been written at the same time as Roger's "Breakfast in America" songs. They are still very listenable and catchy, sometimes very emotional and beautiful. Those of you that missed Roger's voice in the later years of Supertramp should try to find this album. Then do the same thing I did, make a mixtape of this and "BWYB" albums and alternate the tracks of the albums, and you will have a real Supertramp album. The opening track "Had a Dream" is some of the best Roger Hodgson music ever, and the song immediately draws you in with it's infectious rhythm and lyrics. "Give Me Love, Give Me Life", once the rhythm kicks in will also get you happy with it's bright beat and piano hooks. "Only Because of You" is also a beautiful ballad along the lines of Roger's previous lovely ballads "Lord Is it Mine" (from Breakfast in America) and "Fool's Overture" (from Even in the Quietest Moments). Unfortunately, the other tracks take on a lot of the same style and sound. The tracks "In Jeopardy" and "I'm Not Afraid" are just too repetitive, especially for the length of the songs. I think the main problem is we don't have Rick Davies to balance out the music creating more of a dynamic and variable album that was one of Supertramp's strengths.

Anyway, it's a great album, but I can't bring myself to consider it excellent or essential like I once did. It's not progressive music, it's just highly enjoyable, especially with the first several listens. For that reason, it is a worthy purchase. But, it doesn't hold up for me over the years like BWYB does. 3 stars.

 Open The Door by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.22 | 52 ratings

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Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars Roger Hodgson's best work came with Supertramp. He seems to understand this. But while his voice was the most recognizable part of their music, he needed Rick Davies to elevate the music above stylized pop.

On this, Hodgson's third solo studio album, he makes a valiant attempt to create his own Supertramp album, but for the most part fall short.

On the up side, Along Came Mary has some of the choral features that make Jon Anderson's solo work distinctive and pleasant. Death And A Zoo has a very strong rhythmic base, and is very listenable, although the main drum lick is a bit too reminiscent of Phil Collins' work on In The Air Tonight. The best track is Open the Door, the only truly prog track, that actuall captures the essence of Supertramp with some orchestration that captures Davies' style.

The rest, well is sounds like a struggle to sound like Supertramp, with too many tracks sounding like weak imitations of classic tracks.

 Open The Door by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.22 | 52 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars After taking some time off to recover from the misfire that was Hai Hai, Roger Hodgson returned to the familiar territory of art rock with Open The Door. This record is not the triumphant return to the Supertramp sound even though this seems to be the general consensus whenever the album is described. My reasoning is based on the fact that Open The Door lacks the grand sound of the band's work where even some of the big sounding tracks, like the title track or Showdown, still feel quite low key in comparison to Supertramp. Luckily, what this album lacks in arrangements it more than makes up in excellent songwriting and strong melodic sound!

There are plenty of nice melodies and vocal deliveries that will sweep pop music fans right off their feet. Some of my personal favorites are The More I Look, Say Goodbye and For Every Man. Even though I do enjoy these songs quite a bit, they manage to sound more like Cat Stevens than Roger Hodgson - the voice of the legendary art rock band Supertramp. It doesn't necessary diminish the quality of these compositions but I find it hard not to compare these compositions with the much more sufficiently arranged In The Eye Of The Storm. Even the two nods at art rock, on Death And A Zoo and Open The Door, fall slightly short when compared to Lovers In The Wind and Only Because Of You off In The Eye Of The Storm.

It's difficult to dislike Open The Door due to strong songwriting but I still feel slight underwhelmed by the low key arrangements that Roger Hodgson uses all throughout the album. The long list of guest and session musicians does little to remedy this problem. Having said all that, this is still the closest that most fans will get to hearing any new material from Supertramp. This alone will probably make this record a must for fans of Roger's previous endeavors.

**** star songs: The More I Look (4:56) Hungry (4:27) Death And A Zoo (7:32) Love Is A Thousand Times (3:30) Say Goodbye (3:57) Open The Door (8:54) For Every Man (4:44)

*** star songs: Along Came Mary (6:25) Showdown (5:20) The Garden (2:15)

 Hai Hai by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.87 | 63 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

1 stars I've been trying to avoid this album even though I grew a fondness for it's predecessor, In The Eye Of The Storm, but after finding out that it's successor, Open The Door, was also quite enjoyable there really was no way for me to avoid Hai Hai! How bad could it possibly be, I thought to myself? Let's dive in and find out...

The first moments of this record suggested that I wouldn't like the rest due to the introductory '80s synths and drum sounds. But this is really not the biggest problem that plagues Hai Hai since this record is filled with hollow songwriting that I would compare to a visit to a fast food franchise of your choice. It certainly fills your ears up with sounds but leave you pretty empty once it's over. Roger Hodgson's vocals are just as charismatic as ever but there just doesn't seem to be any purpose to any of these performances. All the session musicians seem to do their job just right but all it does is cover the lackluster songwriting. Songs seem to linger on for long periods without any excitement or passion to them and the moment that actually sound exciting are only glimpses of Hodgson's past glories.

Unfortunately there's very little enjoyment to be found for me on Hai Hai. Yes, it kind of feels like beating a dead horse, since anyone who likes this record will find themselves in a minority, but I just can't find any sympathy of this record. I'm certain that some of these tracks might grow with repeated listens but the '80s production really makes it difficult for me to give Hai Hai another go.

**** star songs: Land Ho (4:06)

*** star songs: Right Place (4:05) You Make Me Love You (5:08) Hai Hai (5:28) Who's Afraid? (4:57) Desert Love (5:26) House On The Corner (5:21) Puppet Dance (5:16)

** star songs: My Magazine (4:39) London (4:11)

 In The Eye Of The Storm by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.45 | 97 ratings

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Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I've been quite hesitant when it came to exploration of solo careers of different artists in the past but lately I've managed to overcome this barrier and began to uncover quite a few hidden gems!

Roger Hodgson is best known for his formidable career with Supertramp, a band that most of us have come to appreciate over the years. I wasn't even born when Hodgson decided to leave the band and so I obviously had a lot of catching up to do once I discovered the music of this wonderful band. After getting familiar with most of the band's repertoire up until Brother Where You Bound, it became quite obvious to me that my personal music preference had more resonance in the music of Roger Hodgson than Rick Davies. Both of the members had their musical ups and downs but overall Hodgson's ambitious melodies was undeniably the reason that made Supertramp the hit-selling band of the late '70s and early '80s.

Still, I wasn't exactly keen on exploring In The Eye Of The Storm due to a number of reasons. First off, I've never really had time to explore solo projects by some of rock historie's icons due to the time constrain that I've always felt. Whenever the choice fell between another album by a famous band or a solo album by one of the band's members I've always chose the former. The second minor problem was the fact that the record was recorded in the middle of the '80s, a decade that has generally not been kind to progressive rock. I remember reading a few review that mentioned that the production of this album had a distinct '80s sound to it, which wasn't exactly something I was keen on experiencing. Finally, I never read any reviews that had praised Hodgson's solo output to the iconic status that Supertramp's records have been lifted to over the years.

So why have I finally decided to give this record a go? Due to the invention of great streaming services such as Spotify, I was finally able to legally listen to and experience music that I might have previously have neglected. I've recently made quite a discovery by listening to the solo career of Paul McCartney and have followed it up by exploring other solo careers, Roger Hodgson among others.

I found my first experience of In The Eye Of The Storm to be a bit of a mixed bag since most of the songs really didn't feel as catchy as some of artist's previous work but after a few revisits it finally all started to make a lot more sense. The pieces finally fell into place and the minor masterpiece has began to take shape!

The intro to Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) sounds almost like something taken from a Pink Floyd song, which is quite unfortunate considering that the remainder of the composition is such an enjoyable piece of music. In Jeopardy and Hooked On A Problem are two pretty catchy tunes that I learned to love, even though they weren't all that enjoyable at first. Lovers In The Wind is a strong melodic ballad which reminds me of Supertramp songs like Even In The Quietest Moments and If Everyone Was Listening. Give Me Love, Give Me Life takes a while to get going but, once it does, the melodic hooks really bring a lot of joy to my ears. The only real miss comes in the form of the 7-minute I'm Not Afraid which should probably not have been longer than 3 minutes since it has little content to it. The final track is the crown jewel that brings In The Eye Of The Storm to a majestic conclusion; Only Because Of You reminds me of a Supertramp crossover between Don't Leave Me Now and Fool's Overtune, simply put one of the most gorgeous compositions that have been put to tape!

If you're like me and enjoy Hodgson's work in Supertramp but feel a stigma related to artist's solo albums then let me reassure you that you won't be disappointed by this debut solo album.

***** star songs: Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) (8:27) Only Because Of You (8:38)

**** star songs: In Jeopardy (5:58) Lovers In The Wind (4:14) Hooked On A Problem (5:09) Give Me Love, Give Me Life (7:33)

*** star songs: I'm Not Afraid (7:05)

 Hai Hai by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.87 | 63 ratings

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Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars It seems that many bands, Supertramp included, are greater than the sum of it's parts. More often than not, when members of a great group go their separate ways, they at best become a pale imitation of what they had once been. This is extremely evident in this Roger Hodgson solo.

Hodgson has surrounded himself with an all-star cast. Jeff Porcaro, Omar Hakim, and Nathan East head up a very long list of sidemen, who make this set of songs as slick and well produced as any Supertramp classic. Unfortunately, the best moments sound like rehashes of popular Supertramp tracks, changed just enough to make them seem to be original songs. And since this is Hodgson without Rick Davies, it leans far more to pop simplicity than prog grandeur.

2.5 stars.

 Hai Hai by HODGSON, ROGER album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.87 | 63 ratings

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Review by Uncool

4 stars It's not perfect, but believe me, it's not horrible either. I enjoyed a lot of stuff in here... The best tracks are: London, Who's Afraid?, Land Ho, House on the Corner and Puppet Dance (quite stellar by the way) My feeling about this period in Supertramp history is this: had they stayed together, the best tracks of Free As a Bird combined with the best ones of Hai Hai would have made a great 80's album. I know, it would still be maligned by all you at progarchives.com but it would have sold millions of units and people in the 80's would have pickd this as their favorite.
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