Supertramp was an English band that came into existence towards the very end of the 1960s. They started out in progressive rock. However, it is interesting to note that Supertramp became more and more pop over time. Regardless, while the band has been inactive for the most part since 2002, they have managed to sell more than 60 million records on a worldwide basis.
11. Some Things Never Change
Some Things Never Change was Supertramp’s tenth studio album, which came out in 1997. It was interesting in that it was an intentional return to their earlier sound. However, its songs weren’t as catchy as their predecessors. On the whole, Some Things Never Change was just alright, which is not enough to contend with the rest of the band’s releases.
10. Brother Where You Bound
Released in 1985, Brother Where You Bound had a couple of problems that dragged it down. First, it was the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Hodgson, thus resulting in issues that hadn’t been 100 percent clarified by this point in time. Second, it is very much a product of the Cold War, meaning that it hasn’t aged very well.
9. Free as a Bird
Situated between Brother Where You Bound and Some Things Never Change, Free as a Bird was something of an experiment. It turned from the sound of progressive rock. Instead, it tried to be something more modern, thus resulting in increased use of machines. There were a lot of people who were less than impressed by this because the fruits of experimentation sounded like meandering to them.
8. Slow Motion
Slow Motion was the last release from Supertramp before the band went their separate ways for the most part in 2002. As such, it was very much the kind of thing that one would expect from a band in their twilight days, as shown by how it wasn’t even available in North America save through mail order. Still, Slow Motion had a fair amount of enjoyable content, which was marred by less than stellar production.
7. Indelibly Stamped
Indelibly Stamped was Supertramp’s second studio album. Music-wise, it was a change from its immediate predecessor, featuring a much more straightforward kind of rock. Even so, Indelibly Stamped was similar to its immediate predecessor in that it failed to get a lot of commercial interest. Something that has been remedied to some extent over the subsequent decades.
6. …Famous Last Words…
This was the last release by Supertramp’s classic line-up. Previously, Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson had worked together to come up with a coherent vision for each one of the band’s releases. Here, the two came up while two different visions for what the studio album should be, which were never properly merged with one another. As such, this release was rather bland, though it benefited to some extent from the considerable experience that Supertramp had built up by this point in their career.
As mentioned earlier, Supertramp was the band’s self-titled debut album, which was a commercial failure. Still, it showed a lot of promise, much of which would be fulfilled by subsequent releases. As such, it is difficult to rate it too harshly, seeing as how it laid the foundations on which everything else was built.
4. Even in the Quietest Moments…
This release came out in 1977. On the whole, it performed well enough, as shown by how it became the band’s first gold-certified release in the United States. As for its music, well, it wasn’t the kind of release that wowed everyone by overwhelming everything else in the same cohort. However, the release was smart, pleasant, and surprisingly elegant at times, a very nice combination that made for a number of memorable songs. To name an example, interested individuals might be familiar with “Give a Little Bit,” which became a hit a second time when it was covered by the Goo Goo Dolls in the 2000s.
3. Crisis? What Crisis?
Crisis? What Crisis? was made after Supertramp had finally managed to find commercial success with Crime of the Century. As such, there was a lot of pressure on the band to repeat their success. However, Supertramp’s work on the release wasn’t what a lot of people would expect considering those circumstances. After all, much of the material consisted of leftover songs from earlier releases. In fact, the band had to stop recording at one point so that they could write a couple of new songs to make sure that there was enough material. Still, the studio album proved to be quite decent in its own right, particularly since it has managed to hold up relatively well.
2. Breakfast in America
If people are curious about Supertramp’s best-selling release, they should know that Breakfast in America is it. Moreover, they should know that it didn’t just sell well by the band’s standards, it sold well by any reasonable standards. After all, Breakfast in America went quadruple platinum in the United States, which isn’t even mentioning its sales elsewhere. As such, it is no exaggeration to say that this was some of the best soft rock produced in the late 1970s.
1. Crime of the Century
It took Supertramp some time to get going. When they started taking off, it was because of Crime of the Century, which came out in 1974. A lot of its songs went on to become staples in Supertramp’s touring repertoire. Furthermore, Crime of the Century remained well-liked long after its release, thus cementing its position as one of the memorable releases of the decade as a whole.