Crisis? What Crisis?by Supertramp
Nestled between the accomplished Crime of the Century album and 1977's Even in the Quietest Moments, Crisis? What Crisis? may not have given the band any chart success, but it did help them capture a fan base that had no concern for Supertramp's commercial sound. With Rick Davies showing off his talent on the keyboards, and Roger Hodgson's vocals soaring on almost every track, they managed to win back their earlier progressive audience while gaining new fans at the same time. Crisis received extensive air play on FM stations, especially in Britain, and the album made it into the Top 20 there and fell just outside the Top 40 in the U.S. "Ain't Nobody But Me," "Easy Does It," and the beautiful "Sister Moonshine" highlight Supertramp's buoyant and brisk instrumental and vocal alliance, while John Helliwell's saxophone gives the album even greater width. The songwriting is sharp, attentive, and passionate, and the lyrics showcase Supertramp's ease at invoking emotion into their music, which would be taken to even greater heights in albums to come. Even simple tracks like "Lady" and "Just a Normal Day" blend in nicely with the album's warm personality and charmingly subtle mood. Although the tracks aren't overly contagious or hook laden, there's still a work-in-process type of appeal spread through the cuts, which do grow on you over time.
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Performance CreditsSupertramp Primary Artist
Roger Hodgson Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Rick Davies Keyboards,Vocals
John Helliwell Saxophone,Vocals,Woodwind,Wind Instruments
Bob C. Benberg Drums,Percussion
Dougie Thompson Bass
Dougie Thomson Bass
Technical CreditsRoger Hodgson Composer
Ken Scott Producer
Rick Davies Composer
Richard Hewson Arranger
Michael Diehl Reissue Design
Fabio Nicoli Cover Design
Paul Wakefield Cover Design
Beth Stempel Reissue Production Coordination
Dick Ward Cover Design
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I like it a lot and I think this is the best from all Supertramp albums. Sister Moonshine is a killer!
I really like "Sister Moonshine" for the recorder and harmonica jam section at the end. "A Soapbox Opera" is listed by me, too, for Roger's "choirboy falsetto" singing during the middle of the song. "Another Man's Woman" is also another fave, because of the long piano solo; followed by Stomp-like percussion and Roger Hodgson's Who-like power chords. "Lady" too is a fave because of the xylophone and because of Roger's Moog synthesizer solo. One more thing: Near the end, Rick sings notes to the "Addams Family" theme and growls rather spooky, "yeah" while Roger sings "Takin' the long way and no turnin' back." On "Poor Boy" John plays a kazoo (?) during the opening bars just seconds before the orchestra and band kick in. At certain points, the cellos hit very low notes.
Crisis?What crisis? is not a very famous album but some of it's songs are wonderfull melodies known by a lot of people.
This always was one of my very favorite albums . . a combination of the great cover art and funky tunes. This along with Crime and Quietest still sound very fresh today.