Supertramp – Crime Of The Century - 1974 Art Rock - Original Sealed Canada Issue LP
Supertramp – Crime Of The Century
A&M Records – SP-3647
Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is sealed Mint cover ( see pic)
( soundbytes from previous copy)
Recorded at Trident, Ramport Studios and Scorpio Sound, London between February and June, 1974.
℗ 1974 A&M Records Inc.
Litho in Canada.
Released with a printed inner lyrics-sleeve
A1 School 5:35
A2 Bloody Well Right 4:26
A3 Hide In Your Shell 6:52
A4 Asylum 6:30
B1 Dreamer 3:33
B2 Rudy 7:18
B3 If Everyone Was Listening 4:01
B4 Crime Of The Century 5:30
Manufactured By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited
Distributed By – A&M Records Of Canada Limited
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Arranged By [Strings] – Richard Hewson
Art Direction – Fabio Nicoli
Bass – Dougie Thomson
Design [Sleeve], Photography By – Paul Wakefield
Drums, Percussion – Bob C. Benberg
Engineer – John Jansen, Ken Scott
Producer – Ken Scott, Supertramp
Saxophone, Clarinet, Vocals – John Anthony Helliwell
Vocals, Guitar, Piano – Roger Hodgson
Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica – Rick Davies
Written-By – Rick Davies And Roger Hodgson
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout: (Label Side A): SP 3697
Matrix / Runout: (Label Side B): SP 3698
Matrix / Runout: (Runout Side A): SP-3697 JAMF
Matrix / Runout: (Runout Side B): SP-3698 G-1.
When English rockers Supertramp released their third album Crime of the Century in October of 1974, the band had been together for almost four years and went through hardships before recording this album. The only holdovers from the original Supertramp lineup in 1969 were the two main songwriters and vocalists, guitarist and occasional keyboardist Roger Hodgson and keyboardist Rick Davies. In late 1973, Hodgson and Davies reformed the group which featured fellow Englishman John Helliwell on saxophones, woodwinds and occasional keyboards (he would also bring along his excellent sense of humor to the band and like Hodgson and Davies was an Englishman), a Scotsman named Dougie Thomson on bass guitar and drummer Bob C. Benberg (Siebenberg), whom hailed from Southern California, USA.
The new lineup of the band went into Ramport Studios (owned by The Who) with producer Ken Scott(whom worked with artists like David Bowie, Elton John and The Beatles) and created their first masterpiece. The album kicks off with Hodgson's School with a classic Hodgson guitar riff and the haunting harmonica by Davies and complete with school kids playing. Next is Davies' Bloody Well Right which has a memorable chorus and was Supertramp's first American Top 40 hit in early 1975. Hide in Your Shell is my fave Hodgson track on this album and has a synth effect played by a saw with a violin bow.
The first half concludes with my favorite Davies track on Crime entitled Asylum, which is about the character of Rudy going insane and complete with cuckoo clocks at the end and Davies saying he's mad mad mad. Side two(the second half) kicks off with Dreamer, which was Supertramp's first UK Top 20 hit and a classic Hodgson track. Next, is the album's tour-de-force Rudy, which is a classic Rick Davies composition. If Anyone Was Listening is next and has a Beatles kind of vibe to it since Hodgson was a Beatles nut. The album concludes with the title track which had Davies' blues and jazz influences and the lyrics summed up the album in a nutshell. Crime was the beginning of the classic Supertramp era and was the first album to hit the US Top 40 and eventually went Gold (it would hit Gold after the success of Even in the Quietest Moments in 1977). Today, this album stills holds up 40 years after its release