Crime of the Century

Crime of the Century

by SupertrampSupertramp


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Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974's Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn't nearly as spooky as Floyd -- they're snarky collegiate elitists, an art rock variation on Steely Dan or perhaps a less difficult 10cc, filled with cutting jokes and allusions, best heard on "Bloody Well Right." This streak would later flourish on Breakfast in America, but it's present enough to give them their own character. Also present is a slight sentimental streak and a heavy fondness for pop, heard on "Dreamer," a soaring piece of art pop that became their first big hit. That and "Bloody Well Right" are the concise pop moments on the record; the rest of Crime of the Century is atmospheric like Dark Side of the Moon, but with a lighter feel and a Beatles bent. At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it's still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2002
Label: A&M
UPC: 0606949334628
catalogNumber: 493346
Rank: 24112


  1. School
  2. Bloody Well Right
  3. Hide in Your Shell
  4. Asylum
  5. Dreamer
  6. Rudy
  7. If Everyone Was Listening
  8. Crime of the Century

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Supertramp   Primary Artist
Roger Hodgson   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Rick Davies   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
John Helliwell   Clarinet,Saxophone,Vocals
Bob C. Benberg   Drums,Percussion
Dougie Thompson   Bass
Dougie Thomson   Bass

Technical Credits

Roger Hodgson   Composer
Supertramp   Producer
Ken Scott   Producer,Engineer
Rick Davies   Composer
Richard Hewson   String Arrangements
John Jansen   Engineer
Michael Diehl   Reissue Design
Fabio Nicoli   Art Direction
Paul Wakefield   Cover Design
Beth Stempel   Reissue Production Coordination

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