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Supertramp - Even In The Quietest Moments ... CD (album) cover

EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS ...

Supertramp

 

Crossover Prog

3.98 | 625 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars There's Winston Churchill (not dressed in drag)

Originally released in 1977, this album gains a whole new lease of life with the remastered CD released in 2002. The CD brings to life many of the passages which on the LP tended to sound rather lifeless.

The familiar Supertramp sound is very much in evidence, with Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson sharing vocal duties as usual. The first track "Give a little bit" was the hit single from the album. It is commercial right enough, but its also a highly credible work, with fine instrumentation.

The next few tracks are pretty laid back, with Davies more jazz orientated vocals to the fore on tracks such as "Downstream" and "From now on". "Babaji" is a Hodgson special, which seems to be trying hard to hold back, before finally bursting loose in a sax driven ending.

The final track, "Fool's Overture" is wonderful. At almost 11 minutes, the band have room to expand into a full blow piece of classic prog. It starts softly, sounding very similar to Barclay James Harvest's "Summer Soldier". Winston Churchill (sic) then introduces the main keyboards theme leading to Hodgson's pained piano backed vocals. As the power of the vocals increases, the main keyboards theme returns to bring the track to a triumphant close.

"Even in the quietest moments" is not quite the complete album "Crime of the Century" was, but then that would be a challenging target for any band. A great album though, which saves its best for last.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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