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Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Considering their career spanned close to 30 years, it's amazing how condensed most people's vision of Supertramp has become. Or maybe not. Few listeners, after all, would disagree that their prime period encompassed the mere six or so years that divided Crime of the Century their third album from Breakfast in America their sixth, and that the pile of vinyl on either side of that is more or less padding. Certainly Retrospectacle has no problem with that scenario. A completist's eye for affairs does permit the first two albums to enjoy a quick look-in, with one song apiece; and similar treatment is meted out to the seven albums that took the band through the '80s and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Considering their career spanned close to 30 years, it's amazing how condensed most people's vision of Supertramp has become. Or maybe not. Few listeners, after all, would disagree that their prime period encompassed the mere six or so years that divided Crime of the Century their third album from Breakfast in America their sixth, and that the pile of vinyl on either side of that is more or less padding. Certainly Retrospectacle has no problem with that scenario. A completist's eye for affairs does permit the first two albums to enjoy a quick look-in, with one song apiece; and similar treatment is meted out to the seven albums that took the band through the '80s and beyond. The meat of the moment, however, arrives with "Land Ho," the first vinyl manifestation of the so-called "classic" 'tramp lineup, and a lost 45 from early 1974. And, from thereon in, it's all plain sailing -- five songs from Crime of the Century, four apiece from Crisis? What Crisis and Even in the Quietest Moments. . ., and a whopping six from Breakfast in America, all selected to depict the band at the peak of its creative and musical powers -- the haunted harp that opens "School," the staccato percussion that powers "Lady," the lurid harmonies of "From Now On," and on to the sheer illogical madness of "The Logical Song" -- in fact, the only weakness here is the substitution of a live "You Started Laughing" for the vastly superior studio B-side. That aside, though, Retrospectacle tells its story with as much panache as the best of Supertramp could ever demand.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498858141
  • Catalog Number: 000549002
  • Sales rank: 35,846

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Surely (1:03)
  2. 2 Your Poppa Don't Mind (2:59)
  3. 3 Land Ho (3:54)
  4. 4 Summer Romance (2:51)
  5. 5 School (5:34)
  6. 6 Bloody Well Right (4:32)
  7. 7 Dreamer (3:31)
  8. 8 Rudy (7:18)
  9. 9 Crime of the Century (5:34)
  10. 10 Sister Moonshine (5:18)
  11. 11 Ain't Nobody But Me (5:10)
  12. 12 Lady (5:23)
  13. 13 Two of Us (3:26)
  14. 14 Give a Little Bit (4:08)
  15. 15 Downstream (4:02)
  16. 16 Even in the Quietest Moments (6:28)
  17. 17 From Now On (6:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gone Hollywood (5:20)
  2. 2 The Logical Song (4:08)
  3. 3 Goodbye Stranger (5:48)
  4. 4 Breakfast in America (2:39)
  5. 5 Oh Darling (3:49)
  6. 6 Take the Long Way Home (5:00)
  7. 7 You Started Laughing (4:02)
  8. 8 It's Raining Again (4:24)
  9. 9 My Kind of Lady (5:14)
  10. 10 Don't Leave Me Now (6:20)
  11. 11 Cannonball (7:39)
  12. 12 Free as a Bird (4:21)
  13. 13 You Win, I Lose (4:33)
  14. 14 Another Man's Woman (9:35)
  15. 15 Over You (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Supertramp Primary Artist
Roger Hodgson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Karyn White Background Vocals
Steve Reid Percussion
Evan Rogers Background Vocals
Brian Banks Synclavier
Kevin Currie Percussion
Rick Davies Organ, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Frank Farrell Piano, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mark Hart Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Helliwell Clarinet, Keyboards, Saxophone, Brass, Woodwind
Cliff Hugo Bass, Bass Guitar
Nick Lane Brass
Anthony Marinelli Synclavier
Gary Mielke oberheim
Lise Miller Background Vocals
Scott Page Brass
Richard Palmer Acoustic Guitar, Balalaika, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Lon Price Brass
Bob C. Benberg Percussion, Drums
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet, Background Vocals, Brass
Dougie Thompson Bass
Carl Verheyen Guitar
Marty Walsh Background Vocals
Tom Walsh Percussion
Dave Winthrop Flute, Saxophone, Vocals
David Woodford Brass
Slyde Hyde Trombone, Tuba
Dougie Thomson Bass Guitar
Linda Foot Background Vocals
Robert Millar Harmonica, Percussion
Jesse Siebenberg Percussion, Background Vocals
Rick Davies & Jazzismo Harmonica, Keyboards, Timbales, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Hodgson Composer
Ken Scott Audio Production
Ken Allardyce Engineer
Tom Anderson Engineer
Brian Banks Programming
Greg Calbi Mastering
Gary Chang Programming
Rick Davies Composer
Jack Douglas Producer, Audio Production
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Mark Ettel Engineer
Mark Hart Producer
Peter Henderson Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Richard Hewson Orchestral Arrangements
David Kershenbaum Producer, Audio Production
Anthony Marinelli Programming
Jay Messina Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Richard Palmer Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Norman Hall Engineer
Steve McMillan Engineer
Steve Crimmel Engineer
Richard Frankel Art Direction
Rick Davies & Jazzismo Producer, Executive Producer
Scott Schinder Essay
Jason Mariani Digital Editing
Russel Pope Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Supertramp Hits Mark with "Retrospectacle"... and Then Some

    Supertramp hits the mark with their offering of a two-disc greatest hits set "Retrospectacle." Besides all the radio-ready hits of the songs from their two most popular American studio efforts, "Crime of the Century" ("Bloody Well Right", "Dreamer") and "Breakfast in America" ("The Logical Song", "Goodbye Stranger"), the oft-overlooked LPs, including among them, one song each from their pre-fame days (an edited version of "Surely" from their 1970 self-titled LP and "Your Poppa Don't Mind" from 1971's "Indelibly Stamped") as well as the rare early 1974 UK-only non-LP single "Land Ho" (here represented as the 1975 remix) and its B-side "Summer Romance". The Hodgson-led period closes with "Don't Leave Me Now" from 1982's "... Famous Last Words...", which also gave us the hits "It's Raining Again" and "My Kind of Lady". The post-Hodgson period is not well represented, as only one song each from the albums of this era are included here: "Cannonball" from 1985's "Brother Where You Bound", "Free as a Bird" from the same-titled album from 1987, "You Win, I Lose" from the band's 1997 comeback CD "Some Things Never Change", a live 9-minute-plus take of the 1975 Crisis album track "Another Man's Woman" from their 1999 live CD "It Was the Best of Times" and "Over You" from 2002's "Slow Motion". Despite this eventual shortcoming, this anthology is still better than the single-CD "The Very Best of Supertramp" for the aforementioned inclusion of "Land Ho" and other 'non-hit' album gems.

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