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Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology
     

Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology

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by Supertramp
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498858141
catalogNumber:
000549002
Rank:
56065

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Supertramp   Primary Artist
Roger Hodgson   Acoustic 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
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,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
Russel Pope   Audio Production

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Retrospectacle: The Supertramp Anthology 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago