Crime Of The Century Supertramp

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Label: Universal Music

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Pop Rock

Artist: Supertramp

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  • 1School05:35
  • 2Bloody Well Right04:32
  • 3Hide In Your Shell06:50
  • 4Asylum06:50
  • 5Dreamer03:33
  • 6Rudy07:21
  • 7If Everyone Was Listening04:06
  • 8Crime Of The Century05:33
  • Total Runtime44:20

Info for Crime Of The Century

Crime Of The Century, Supertramp’s third LP, was their major breakthrough in the States (where it reached the Top 40), leading many US fans to believe it was their debut, although they had released their eponymous debut in 1970 and Indelibly Stamped a year later. Originally released on A&M in 1974, it was certainly an ambitious, keyboard driven, prog-rock epic, that is rocky, melodic and catchy, and features what would become Supertramp live staples such as ‘School’, ‘Dreamer’, ‘Bloody Well Right’ and ‘Rudy’. Produced by the band with Ken Scott, its eight tracks were apparently selected from over 40 songs that were demoed in preparation for the album.

This album is summed up best by David Prakel in his book ‘Rock 'n' Roll on Compact Disc’, “Crime of the Century must rival Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon for sales on the grounds of sound quality as well as musical strength”.

Roger Hodgson, vocals, guitar, piano
John Anthony Helliwell, vocals, saxophone, clarinet
Richard Davies, vocals, harmonica, keyboards
Dougie Thomson, bass
Bob C. Benberg, drums, percussion

Recorded at Ramport Studios (South London), Scorpio Sound Studios (London), and Trident Studios (London) from February to June 1974
Engineered by Ken Scott, John Jansen
Produced by Ken Scott, Supertramp

Digitally remastered

Once upon a time in 1969, a young Dutch millionaire by the name of Stanley August Miesegaes gave his acquaintance, vocalist and keyboardist Rick Davies a genuine opportunity to form his own band; he could form the band of his dreams and Miesegaes would pay for it. After placing an ad in Melody Maker, Davies assembled Supertramp.

Supertramp released two long-winded progressive rock albums before Miesegaes withdrew his support. With no money or fan base to speak of, the band was forced to redesign their sound. Coming up with a more pop-oriented form of progressive rock, the band had a hit with their third album, Crime of the Century. Throughout the decade, Supertramp had a number of best-selling albums, culminating in their 1979 masterpiece, Breakfast in America.

Breakfast in America marked their first album that tipped the scale completely in the favor of pop songs; on the strength of the hit singles Goodbye Stranger, Logical Song, and Take the Long Way Home it sold over 18 million copies worldwide. 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. The band continued to sporadically record and tour into the '90s. (Source: Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide)

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