Tag: Supertramp

Wednesday 8/11/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Crime Of The Century (1974)

Crime of the Century is the third studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released September 13, 1974 on A&M Records. Crime of the Century was Supertramp’s commercial breakthrough in many countries, most notably in the UK, Canada and Germany where it peaked in the Top 5 while also making the Top 20 in Australia and France. It was an improvement over their previous sales in the US, but still only peaked at No. 38, with the US hit being “Bloody Well Right”. “School” was another popular track, particularly at album rock-oriented radio stations. The album was eventually certified Gold in the US in 1977 after the release of Even in the Quietest Moments…. In Canada, it was eventually certified Diamond (sales of one million copies). The album was Supertramp’s first to feature drummer Bob Siebenberg (at the time credited as Bob C. Benberg), brass and woodwind player John Helliwell, bassist Dougie Thomson, and co-producer Ken Scott. The album has received critical acclaim, including its inclusion in Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”.

The album’s dedication reads “To Sam”, which is a nickname for Stanley August Miesegaes, the Dutch millionaire who supported the band financially from 1969 to 1972.

  1. “School” 5:35
  2. “Bloody Well Right” 4:32
  3. “Hide in Your Shell” 6:49
  4. “Asylum” 6:45
  5. “Dreamer” 3:31
  6. “Rudy” 7:17
  7. “If Everyone Was Listening” 4:04
  8. “Crime of the Century” 5:36

Rick Davies – lead & backing vocals, acoustic piano (tracks 1–3, 4, 6, 8), Wurlitzer electric piano (tracks 1, 2, 5), Hammond organ (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 8), harmonica (tracks 1, 3, 8), Moog synthesizer (tracks 1, 3, 6), Elka Rhapsody 610 synthesizer (track 3, 8)
Roger Hodgson – lead & backing vocals, electric guitars (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8), 12-string acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 3), acoustic guitar (tracks 2), acoustic piano (track 7), Wurlitzer electric piano (track 5), Fender Rhodes electric piano (track 3)
John Anthony Helliwell – saxophones (tracks 1–4, 6, 8), clarinet (tracks 6, 7), backing vocals (tracks 3, 5, 7), glass harp and celesta (track 5)
Dougie Thomson – bass guitar
Bob Siebenberg (credited as Bob C. Benberg) – drums, percussion
Christine Helliwell – backup vocals (3)
Scott Gorham – backup vocals (3)
Vicky Siebenberg – backup vocals (3)
(Anonymous street musician) – saw (3) (credited as Jake Beddoe on The Very Best of Supertramp)
Ken Scott – water gong (8)

Thursday 7/22/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Supertramp

Supertramp were an English rock band formed in London, England in 1970. Marked by the individual songwriting of founders Roger Hodgson (vocals, keyboards, and guitars) and Rick Davies (vocals and keyboards), they are distinguished for blending progressive rock and pop styles as well as for a sound that relied heavily on Wurlitzer electric piano. The group’s line-up changed numerous times throughout their career, with Davies being the only consistent member throughout the decades. Other longtime members included bassist Dougie Thomson, drummer Bob Siebenberg, and saxophonist John Helliwell.

The band were initially a full-fledged prog-rock group, but starting with their third album Crime of the Century (1974), they began moving towards a more pop-oriented sound. They reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which yielded the international top 10 singles “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast in America”, “Goodbye Stranger”, and “Take the Long Way Home”. Their other top 40 hits included “Dreamer” (1974), “Give a Little Bit”, (1977) and “It’s Raining Again” (1982). In 1983, Hodgson left the group to pursue a solo career. Davies took over as the band’s sole leader until 1988, after which they disbanded and periodically reformed in various configurations.

As of 2007, Supertramp album sales exceeded 60 million. They attained significant popularity in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Their highest sales levels were in Canada, where they had two diamond-certified (ten-times platinum) albums (Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America), and their only number 1 singles anywhere (“The Logical Song” and “Dreamer”).

Monday 7/12/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Breakfast In America (1979)

Breakfast in America is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released by A&M Records on March 29 1979. It was recorded in 1978 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. It spawned four US Billboard hit singles: “The Logical Song” (No. 6), “Goodbye Stranger” (No. 15), “Take the Long Way Home” (No. 10) and “Breakfast in America” (No. 62). In the UK, “The Logical Song” and the title track were both top 10 hits, the only two the group had in their native country.

At the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1980, Breakfast in America won two awards for Best Album Package and Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording, as well as nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It holds an RIAA certification of quadruple platinum and became Supertramp’s biggest-selling album, with more than 4 million copies sold in the US and more than 3 million in France (the fourth ever best-selling album). It was No. 1 on Billboard Pop Albums Chart for six weeks, until June 30,1979. The album also hit No. 1 in Norway, Austria, Spain, Canada, Australia and France.

  1. “Gone Hollywood” 5:19
  2. “The Logical Song” 4:07
  3. “Goodbye Stranger” 5:46
  4. “Breakfast in America” 2:37
  5. “Oh Darling” 3:43
  6. “Take the Long Way Home” 5:08
  7. “Lord Is It Mine” 4:08
  8. “Just Another Nervous Wreck” 4:22
  9. “Casual Conversations” 2:56
  10. “Child of Vision” 7:24

Rick Davies – vocals and keyboards including clavinet on track 2
Roger Hodgson – vocals, keyboards and guitars, including acoustic 12-string guitar on track 2
John Helliwell – saxophones, vocals, woodwinds
Bob Siebenberg – drums
Dougie Thomson – bass
Slyde Hyde – tuba and trombone
Gary Mielke – Oberheim

Monday 6/21/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s (Actual start 1:30)

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Billy Paul, Bonnie Pointer, Outlaws, Paper Lace, Diana Ross, Andy Gibb, Don McLean, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more . . .

Monday 6/14/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Raspberries, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Van Halen, Billy Joel, Jackson 5, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Joe Hinton and more . . .

Monday 5/3/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

This week we feature music from Johnny Rivers, Harry Nilsson, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Supertramp, Argent, Daddy Dewdrop, Undisputed Truth, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ronnie Dyson and more . . .

Thursday 3/18/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Slow Motion (2002)

Slow Motion is the eleventh and final studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released April 23, 2002.

In North America, Slow Motion was only available via mail-order from the band’s website, released on their own label.

The song “Goldrush” was actually written in the early 1970s under the first Supertramp line-up, and was used as the opening number in all their shows prior to Crime of the Century. The band had tried to record it on several previous occasions, but had never before been able to recreate it in the studio to their satisfaction.

“Slow Motion” – 3:50
“Little By Little” – 4:30
“Broken Hearted” – 4:28
“Over You” – 5:06
“Tenth Avenue Breakdown” – 8:57
“A Sting in the Tail” – 5:17
“Bee in Your Bonnet” – 6:27
“Goldrush” – 3:06
“Dead Man’s Blues” – 8:26

Rick Davies – harmonica, keyboards, vocals
Mark Hart – guitars, keyboards, vocals
John Helliwell – saxophone, woodwinds
Cliff Hugo – bass
Bob Siebenberg – drums
Lee Thornburg – horns, background vocals
Carl Verheyen – guitars
Jesse Siebenberg – percussion, background vocals

Thursday 1/14/2021 1:30am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Free As A Bird (1987)

Free as a Bird is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released October 13, 1987.

The album was a turn of direction of sorts, with most of the songs stepping back from their progressive rock sound, employing synthesized dance beats and rhythms. Chief songwriter Rick Davies later recalled, “Free as a Bird was an experiment to try and be modern and build it up with computers and drum machines and have people come in one by one, which makes you lose the band spirit a little bit.”

1. “It’s Alright” 5:01
2. “Not the Moment” 4:37
3. “It Doesn’t Matter” 4:53
4. “Where I Stand” Davies, Mark Hart 3:42
5. “Free as a Bird” 4:25
6. “I’m Beggin’ You” 5:30
7. “You Never Can Tell with Friends” 4:19
8. “Thing for You” 4:00
9. “An Awful Thing to Waste” 7:50

Rick Davies – piano, organ, synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, vocals
John Helliwell – saxophone, brass
Dougie Thomson – bass
Bob Siebenberg – drums, percussion

Friday 11/27/2020 11:30pm ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Is Everybody Listening? (01)

Is Everybody Listening? is a live album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in 2001.

“School” – 6:17
“Bloody Well Right” – 6:50
“Hide in Your Shell” – 6:52
“Asylum” – 7:05
“Sister Moonshine” – 5:21
“Just a Normal Day” – 4:09
“Another Man’s Woman” – 7:47
“Lady” – 8:58
“Dreamer” – 3:30
“Rudy” – 7:25
“If Everyone Was Listening” – 4:35
“Crime of the Century” – 6:08

Rick Davies – piano, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Roger Hodgson – guitar, electric piano, keyboards, vocals
John Helliwell – saxophone, clarinet, keyboards, vocals
Dougie Thomson – bass, additional backing vocals
Bob Siebenberg – drums

Wednesday 11/4/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Famous Last Words (1982)

…Famous Last Words… is the seventh album by English rock band Supertramp and was released in October 1982. It was the studio follow-up to 1979’s Breakfast in America and the last album with vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Roger Hodgson, who left the group to pursue a solo career. Thus, it was the final album to be released by the classic lineup of the band (Hodgson, Davies, Helliwell, Thomson, and Siebenberg).

The album reached number 5 on the Billboard Pop Albums Charts in 1982 and was certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies there. It also peaked at number 6 in the UK where it was certified Gold for 100,000 copies sold.

A remastered CD version of …Famous Last Words… was released on 30 July 2002 on A&M Records. The remastered CD comes with all the original artwork and the CD art features a green pair of scissors and a black background.

1. “Crazy” 4:44
2. “Put On Your Old Brown Shoes” 4:22
3. “It’s Raining Again” 4:24
4. “Bonnie” 5:37
5. “Know Who You Are” 5:00
6. “My Kind of Lady” 5:15
7. “C’est le bon” 5:32
8. “Waiting So Long” 6:35
9. “Don’t Leave Me Now” 6:24

Rick Davies – piano (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8), Hammond organ (tracks 1, 7, 9), Wurlitzer electric piano (track 2), synthesizers (track 3), lead and backing vocals, melodica (track 3), harmonica (tracks 2, 9)
Roger Hodgson – electric guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9), 12-string guitar (tracks 2, 5, 7), piano (tracks 1, 3, 9), pump organ (track 1), lead and backing vocals
John Helliwell – saxophones (tracks 1-3, 6, 8, 9), synthesizers (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), clarinet (track 7, 8)
Dougie Thomson – bass (tracks 1-4, 6-9)
Bob Siebenberg – drums (tracks 1-4, 6-9), percussion

 

Friday 6/12/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound (1985)

Brother Where You Bound is the eighth studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released May 25, 1985. It was their first album after original member Roger Hodgson left the band, leaving Rick Davies to handle the songwriting and singing on his own. The album features the group’s Top 30 hit “Cannonball”.

Brother Where You Bound reached number 20 on the UK Albums Chart and number 21 on The Billboard 200 in 1985, and went Gold according to the band’s then label A&M Records in 1985, although the RIAA hasn’t certified it yet.

A remastered CD version of the album was released on July 30, 2002 on A&M Records.

1. “Cannonball” 7:38
2. “Still in Love” 4:36
3. “No Inbetween” 4:36
4. “Better Days” 6:15
5. “Brother Where You Bound” 16:30
6. “Ever Open Door” 3:06

Thursday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Supertramp

Supertramp were an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Marked by the individual songwriting of founders Roger Hodgson (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Rick Davies (vocals, keyboards), they are distinguished for blending progressive rock and pop styles and for their use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone. The group’s line-up changed numerous times throughout their career, with Davies the only consistent member. Other longtime members included bassist Dougie Thomson, drummer Bob Siebenberg, and saxophonist John Helliwell.

The band were initially a full-fledged prog-rock group, but starting with their third album Crime of the Century (1974), they maintained a more pop-oriented sound. They reached their commercial peak with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which yielded the international top 10 singles “The Logical Song”, “Breakfast in America”, “Goodbye Stranger” and “Take the Long Way Home”. Their other top 40 hits included “Dreamer” (1974), “Give a Little Bit” (1977) and “It’s Raining Again” (1982).

As of 2007, Supertramp album sales exceeded 60 million. They attained significant popularity in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australasia. Their highest sales levels were in Canada, where they had two diamond-certified (ten-times platinum) albums (Crime of the Century and Breakfast in America). In 1983, Hodgson left the group to pursue a solo career. Davies took over as the band’s sole leader until 1988, after which they disbanded and later reformed in various configurations.

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Supertramp – Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology (2005)

Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology, also known as Gold in the U.S., is the first comprehensive compilation album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in October 2005.

As Supertramp’s first career retrospective, Retrospectacle contains a compilation of the most popular songs, live tracks and favourite album tracks from all of their albums from Supertramp to Slow Motion, including the live albums Paris and It Was the Best of Times. It was released as either a single disc or a double album.

Also, Retrospectacle marks the first appearance on an album of the single “Land Ho” and its B-side “Summer Romance”. The version of “Land Ho” used on the compilation is the 1975 remix which the band intended to use on Crisis? What Crisis? but left off at the last minute, while “Summer Romance” is the original mix from the single. “Land Ho” was later re recorded by Roger Hodgson for his 1987 solo album Hai Hai (with new lyrics).

Classic Rock ranked Retrospectacle the 12th greatest compilation album of 2005.

1. “Surely” (Edited version) 1:03
2. “Your Poppa Don’t Mind” 2:59
3. “Land Ho” (Remix) 3:54
4. “Summer Romance” 2:51
5. “School” 5:34
6. “Bloody Well Right” 4:32
7. “Dreamer” 3:31
8. “Rudy” 7:18
9. “Crime of the Century” 5:34
10. “Sister Moonshine” 5:18
11. “Ain’t Nobody But Me” 5:10
12. “Lady” 5:23
13. “Two of Us” 3:26
14. “Give a Little Bit” 4:08
15. “Downstream” 4:02
16. “Even in the Quietest Moments” 6:28
17. “From Now On” 6:20

1. “Gone Hollywood” 5:20
2. “The Logical Song” 4:08
3. “Goodbye Stranger” 5:48
4. “Breakfast in America” 2:39
5. “Oh Darling” 3:49
6. “Take the Long Way Home” 5:00
7. “You Started Laughing” (Live) 4:02
8. “It’s Raining Again” 4:24
9. “My Kind of Lady” 5:14
10. “Don’t Leave Me Now” 6:20
11. “Cannonball” 7:39
12. “Free as a Bird” 4:21
13. “You Win, I Lose” 4:33
14. “Another Man’s Woman” (Live) 9:35
15. “Over You” 3:31