...Famous Last Words...

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
...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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
...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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949335328
  • Catalog Number: 493353
  • Sales rank: 20,975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy (4:44)
  2. 2 Put on Your Old Brown Shoes (4:22)
  3. 3 It's Raining Again (4:24)
  4. 4 Bonnie (5:37)
  5. 5 Know Who You Are (4:59)
  6. 6 My Kind of Lady (5:15)
  7. 7 C'est le Bon (5:32)
  8. 8 Waiting So Long (6:34)
  9. 9 Don't Leave Me Now (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Supertramp Primary Artist, 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
Greg Calbi Mastering
Peter Henderson Producer, Engineer
Richard Hewson String Arrangements
Jay Messina Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid if unspectacular follow up to BIA

    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.

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