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Supertramp

Supertramp followed an unusual path to commercial success in the 1970s, fusing the stylistic ambition and instrumental dexterity of progressive rock with the wit and tuneful melodies of British pop, and the results made them one of the most popular British acts of the '70s and ‘80s, topping the charts and filling arenas around the world at a time when their style of music was supposed to have fallen out of fashion.

Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies had been a member of a group called the Joint, who had found a financial backer in Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes; Miesegaes had grown disenchanted with the Joint, but saw promise in Davies, and he offered to bankroll a new band if Davies wanted to launch a fresh project. Davies placed an ad in the British music weekly Melody Maker, and recruited guitarist Richard Palmer, percussionist Robert Millar, and vocalist/bassist Roger Hodgson. Davies initially dubbed the new band Daddy, but to avoid comparison with a number of other paternally named acts, he changed their billing to Supertramp, taking the name from a book by Welsh author William Henry Davies.

In 1970, Supertramp signed a deal with A&M Records, and their debut album was released later the same year. Dominated by extended prog-based compositions, the album didn't win a large audience, and Supertramp's lineup shifted, as Richard Palmer and Robert Millar left the group, Hodgson moved from bass to guitar, and bassist Frank Farrell, percussionist Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop on flue and sax joined the act. The new edition of Supertramp released the album Indelibly Stamped in 1971, but it fared little better in the marketplace than the debut, and Miesegaes cut off his funding of the group. Left to their own devices, Supertramp came close to collapse as most of the group's members moved on, but Davies and Hodgson put together a new version of the group -- Davies on piano and vocals, Hodgson on guitar, electric piano, and vocals, Dougie Thomson on bass, Bob C. Benberg on drums and percussion, and John Anthony Helliwell on sax, woodwinds, and keyboards. This edition of Supertramp boasted a more concise and pop-oriented sound than the band that recorded the first two albums, and 1974's Crime of the Century became Supertramp's commercial breakthrough, spawning the singles "Dreamer" and "Bloody Well Right." 1975's Crisis? What Crisis? didn't fare quite as well commercially, but 1977's Even in the Quietest Moments earned the band another hit single in "Give a Little Bit," and Supertramp's steady road work earned them a reputation as an impressive live act.

1979's Breakfast in America elevated Supertramp to true superstar status; three of its songs ("Goodbye Stranger," "Take the Long Way Home," and "The Logical Song") would became Top 20 hits, and the album went to number one on the Billboard charts, selling four million copies in the United States and reaching platinum status in Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Supertramp followed the success of Breakfast in America with a live album, 1980's Paris, but it wasn't until 1982 that the group released a new studio LP, Famous Last Words, and in a sense the title was prophetic -- the working relationship between Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson had become contentious, and in 1983, Hodgson, the lead vocalist on the band's biggest hits, left to pursue a solo career. With Davies taking the lead, Supertramp released Brother Where You Bound in 1985, which found the band easing back on their pop side and exploring their progressive influences; the album also featured guest appearances from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. 1987's Free as a Bird found Supertramp experimenting with synthesizers and electronic dance music, but after a world tour in support of the album, Davies quietly retired the band.

In 1996, Davies re-assembled Supertramp for a concert tour; the new lineup featured Davies, John Anthony Helliwell, guitarist Mark Hart (who had toured with the band in support of Free as a Bird), and percussionist Jesse Siebenberg. The new Supertramp went into the studio after the tour, and Some Things Never Change was released in 1997. More touring followed, which was documented on the album Live 1997. Another studio set, Slow Motion, appeared in 2002. In 2010, Supertramp regrouped for a world tour to celebrate their fortieth anniversary, but while rumors suggested Hodgson might rejoin the band for the occasion, both he and Davies issued statements saying they were not likely to ever work together again, and Hodgson mounted a solo tour concurrently with Supertramp's anniversary celebration. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Brother Where You Bound

1. Cannonball

2. Still In Love

3. No Inbetween

4. Better Days

6. Ever Open Door

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Track List: Famous Last Words

1. Crazy

2. Put On Your Old Brown Shoes

3. It's Raining Again

4. Bonnie

5. Know Who You Are

6. My Kind Of Lady

7. C'est Le Bon

8. Waiting So Long

9. Don't Leave Me Now

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Track List: Paris

Disc 1

1. School (Live)

2. Ain't Nobody But Me (Live)

3. The Logical Song (Live)

4. Bloody Well Right (Live)

5. Breakfast In America (Live)

6. You Started Laughing (Live)

7. Hide In Your Shell (Live)

8. From Now On (Live)

Disc 2

1. Dreamer (Live)

2. Rudy (Live)

3. A Soapbox Opera (Live)

4. Asylum (Live)

5. Take The Long Way Home (Live)

7. Two Of Us (Live)

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Track List: Breakfast In America

1. Gone Hollywood

2. The Logical Song

3. Goodbye Stranger

4. Breakfast In America

5. Oh Darling

6. Take The Long Way Home

7. Lord Is It Mine

8. Just Another Nervous Wreck

9. Casual Conversations

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Track List: Even In The Quietest Moments

1. Give A Little Bit

2. Lover Boy

3. Even In The Quietest Moments

4. Downstream

5. Babaji

6. From Now On

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Track List: Crime Of The Century

1. School

2. Bloody Well Right

3. Hide In Your Shell

4. Asylum

5. Dreamer

6. Rudy

7. If Everyone Was Listening

8. Crime Of The Century

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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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Where is Crisis? What Crisis? ? It's not right to pass over a GREAT one!
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Ah, yes. Supertramp joins the Eagles with being one of the greatest soft rock bands ever...
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❤❤❤❤❤
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dragonlady60 8 8
Take the longgggg way home!!!
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History..... . . M a d e . . . f o r . . . . A m e r i c a n s . . . . . . G e n X x x x e r s . . . Xcxxcccooooo
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This is like in my top 5 all-time favorite songs!!!! Makes you want to drive the long way home listening to this song!! Takes me wayyyyy back!!! I even got my nieces liking it cause we would always take the long way home from anywhere we went. How I miss those days!!
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Loved the first two songs on Crime of the Century: Davies' School is about how school crushes the human spirit... Be like Johnny Toogood--don ' t you know he never shirks.

Then on the very next track, Hodgson's Bloody Well Right, he basically says, Yep, you're right. Now quit your whining.
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stormch8ser5 1
Breakfast in America my favorite album of all time. Big changes in my personal life were taking place at the time of its release. Every song spoke to my situation and 'Take the Long Way Home'' gave me the resolve to make decisions that changed my life for the better.
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moomin60
Logical Song and Give A Little Bit, both favs.... This album never gets old
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Even in the Quite st Moments, a true classic and From Now On is icing on the cake. :)
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Give a little bit? I'll give you all I got! Take it.
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Hope your dreams will all come true.
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Great group but not short livedatall a great long run.1969 to 2007.
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BREAKFAST IN AMERICA..... . . . . .
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dragonlady60 8 8
Excellent group short lived
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Why should ya care
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rugalde13
Still, they were a phenomenal act. Breakfast was too hard to beat and that peak.
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Don't think just listen.
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✌️❤️
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This song really "rings true" at least for me. Love it!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
SUPER TRAMP AWESOME
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dragonlady60 8 8
I LOVE THIS SONG
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This album...song s "Take The Long Way Home" and "Give a Little Bit" take me back to the days of The Skateboard Park of Norfolk (VA)" playing on the speakers. Memory overload!!!!
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One ofthe cover bands I'm in at the moment plays Goodbye Stranger . People either really get into it , or tilt their heads ,like a confused dog.
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love it
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dragonlady60 8 8
Love this song by ST
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Wow. The memories door just opened and a flood began! Great tunes
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love supertramp!! ! ! !
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Hope......U. . . . . F i n d Your .....PARADIS E . . . . XXXOOOOO
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Goodbye..... . . . , . S t r a n g e r . . . . X X X X O O O O
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Super tramp is very cool music
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I live Dr hooks music
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Supertramp is a one off. Unique sound . And Very awesome...
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edkomasara
I haven't listen to Supertramp in a long time. I forgot how much of my appreciation of music came from them. These are genuine musical compositions , not the simple boring crap that passes for songwriting today. A little Floyd, Yes, Billy Joel and even some Beatles a good stew.
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Breakfast in Ameriaca
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Yes.we deserve this.enjoy america and beyond.
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jimw53
I find it hard to believe this band struggled so much in its early years. as far as musicianship , harmonic melody and songwriting. I find them Sublime and more musical compared to other Prog Rock groups, well maybe except for Yes!
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Just listen to my stations. Pick out your favorite genres, (Pandora forgot) shuffle them together and never have to worry again
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alabastervil l i s 0
hmmm, why did i start listening to pandora? well i got fed up with fm radio...why? because they have too many commercials , but wait pandora has two ads for every three songs, the same ads all day, all louder than the music and just beating into your head. fm radio plays the same songs day in and day out everyday.... h m m m pandora seems to be playin the same songs everyday and even playen songs i gave a thumbs down to. time to go back to cds
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Muy buen grupo
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Best live sound system ever to tour. Plus A&M recordings are the world's best. How about releasing an SACD?
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Given up the time for just a little peace of mind stay for the play before walking away in a small way your world can turn and reverse this lonely decay if you can but hold to hope and pass a blessing to one having not any good to lay claim your life will see it returned when thoughts of any such decent thing seems to slip away
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This song speaks out loud about the world today and it's 30 yrs old
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All my friends hated this song but I loved it.
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A case could be made that Breakfast in America is one of the top five albums ever. By anyone.
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Breakfast in america is definitely one of their best albums.
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Saw them (supertramp) live in Germany in 1979 AWESOME
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I agree they do ROCK!!!
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Absolutely love these guy!!!!
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