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Crime Of The Century

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Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974's Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn't nearly as spooky as Floyd -- they're snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on "Bloody Well Right." This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it's present enough to give them their own character. Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on "Dreamer," a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and "Bloody Well Right" are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it's still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
School
00:05:35

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Bloody Well Right
00:04:32

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Hide In Your Shell
00:06:49

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Asylum
00:06:49

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Dreamer
00:03:33

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Rudy
00:07:20

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
If Everyone Was Listening
00:04:05

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Crime Of The Century
00:05:32

Richard Davies, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Jansen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Staff, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - RICK DAVIES, ComposerLyricist - ROGER HODGSON, Guitar, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ken Scott, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dougie Thomson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Supertramp, Producer, MainArtist - Richard Anthony Hewson, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - John A. Helliwell, Clarinet, Saxophones, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob C Benberg, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

An A&M Records release; ℗ 2014 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974's Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn't nearly as spooky as Floyd -- they're snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on "Bloody Well Right." This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it's present enough to give them their own character. Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on "Dreamer," a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and "Bloody Well Right" are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it's still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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