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Famous Last Words
     

Famous Last Words

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by Supertramp
 

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...Famous Last Words... was the last album that Roger Hodgson made with Supertramp before seeking a solo career, and he made sure that radio would take kindly to his last hurrah with the band. Sporting an airy and overly bright pop sheen, ...Famous Last Words... put two singles on the charts, with the poignant "My Kind of Lady

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...Famous Last Words... was the last album that Roger Hodgson made with Supertramp before seeking a solo career, and he made sure that radio would take kindly to his last hurrah with the band. Sporting an airy and overly bright pop sheen, ...Famous Last Words... put two singles on the charts, with the poignant "My Kind of Lady" peaking at number 31 and the effervescent smile of "It's Raining Again" going to number 11. The album itself went Top Ten both in the U.S. and in the U.K., eventually going gold in America. The songs are purposely tailored for Top 40 radio, delicately textured and built around overly bland and urbane choruses. Hodgson's abundance of romantically inclined poetry and love song fluff replaces the lyrical keenness that Supertramp had produced in the past, and the instrumental proficiency that they once mastered has vanished. Hodgson's English appeal and fragile vocal manner works well in some places, but the album's glossy sound and breezy feel is too excessive. Hodgson gave his solo album, 1984's In the Eye of the Storm, a mildly progressive feel, quite unlike his last appearance with his former group.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0606949335328
catalogNumber:
493353
Rank:
13930

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Supertramp   Primary Artist
Roger Hodgson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Rick Davies   Keyboards,Vocals
Clair Diament   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Helliwell   Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Bob C. Benberg   Drums
Ann Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dougie Thomson   Bass
Bob Stebenberg   Drums
Nancy Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Supertramp   Producer
Peter Henderson   Producer,Engineer
Richard Hewson   String Arrangements
Russel Pope   Producer,Concert Sound
Norman Moore   Art Direction,Cover Design
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Jules Bates   Cover Photo
Mike Doud   Art Direction
Mike Dowd   Artwork,Cover Design
Tom Gibson   Cover Photo,Sleeve Photo
Beth Stempel   Reissue Production Coordination

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...Famous Last Words... 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last album recorded with founding member Roger Hodgson, Famous is a weak follow up to Breakfast In America. It still sold well and generated a number of hits, but it hasn't aged as well. It's clear that Hodgson and other founding member/songwriter/singer Rick Davies were soon to go their separate ways. The songs themselves could almost be seen as veiled messages to each songwriter (the rule of thumb with Supertramp--whoever sang the song wrote the bulk of it). Supertramp would limp on for a number of albums and only come close to reaching former glories with the immediate follow up Brother Where You Bound?. Although that ambitious cold war epic album hasn't aged quite as well as other titles in the Supertramp catalog, it had least had the hallmarks of the band. Davies' songwriting skills were still in good form as well. The single It's Raining Again manages to convey the mood of both the band and the album at this time. It's clear that the end was near. The shift to a more R&B influenced sound makes this an interesting album for fans of the band. Although the next album would feature another stylistic shift towards the band's earlier prog rock style. The latest incarnation features three of the five members that recorded the band's best albums. Mark Hart does an admirable job of filling in for Hodgson in concert but he just reminds me about how large a void was left when Hodgson left the band for a solo career. While Famous can't hold a candle to the band's best work, it has a number of titles that are enjoyable (and an equal amount of routine songs as well)that would still make it an essential purchase for fans.