Supertramp’s breakthrough album ‘Crime of the Century’ gets 40th anniversary reissue

Supertramp‘Crime of the Century: 40th Anniversary Edition’
Supertramp (Digital Equivalents)
4.5 stars out of 5

Even though “Crime of the Century” isn’t the best album British pop/rock outfit Supertramp ever made — for my money, that honor goes to 1979 masterpiece “Breakfast in America” — the 1974 gem is the record that put the band on the map after several years of searching for their big break. In honor of the album’s 40th anniversary, “Crime of the Century” gets the deluxe treatment with this stellar two-disc reissue.

Supertramp CDRick Davies and Roger Hodgson were coming into their own as songwriters on “Crime of the Century” and the chemistry with bandmates John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg and Dougie Thomason was palpable. It was an exciting time for a band clearly on the cusp of international stardom.

Disc 1 is a remastered version of the original eight-track album — featuring classic Supertramp cuts “Bloody Well Right,” “Hide in Your Shell,” “Dreamer,” “Rudy” and the title track — and holds up remarkably well all these years later.

The real find, however, is Disc 2, a 13-track live album recorded during a 1975 appearance at London’s famed Hammersmith Odeon. Supertramp play “Crime of the Century” in its entirety and deliver early versions of “Sister Moonshine,” “Just a Normal Day,” “Another Man’s Woman” and “Lady” — songs that form the backbone of 1975 LP “Crisis? What Crisis?” This one’s definitely worth the upgrade. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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2 thoughts on “Supertramp’s breakthrough album ‘Crime of the Century’ gets 40th anniversary reissue

  1. Fantastic album and I can’t wait to get my hands on this reissue. Each song is amazing in its own right. I especially love Roger Hodgson’s “Dreamer” and what a thrill it was to see him perform this live earlier this year. What a show and what a voice! Don’t miss seeing Roger on his 2015 tour. I am so hoping I can see him again.

  2. An álbum which is already a classic. How many wonderful songs! And how lucky we are nowadays to can enjoy some of this great stuff live at the shows that Roger Hodgson performs all around the world. Gems as Dreamer, Hide in your Shell, School or If Everyone was Listening… Can’t wait to see him again next year. Listen to Roger discussing about Crime:

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