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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000068FY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By N. Alldridge on 20 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful album. I loved the LP and I love the CD just as much. Forget what my fellow oldies say about youth of today not appreciating this stuff. Of course they do. It's fresh it's vibrant and it tells you what school is all about! Rebel again and treat yourself to some beautifully crafted keyboard centred rock that stirs you up, chills you out and inspires you. Best track - Hide in your shell - one of my favourite songs by anyone ever! Probably the most cohesive Supertramp album, certainly the moodiest/darkest and its always been my favourite. Breakfast in America is too superficial and the others have some excellent tracks but some weak fillers this one is end to end brilliance with Hodgson and Davies both at the top of their game.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of my top ten albums of all time. I think a good sign is the fact that the better known tracks ie Dreamer and Bloody Well Right are probably the weaker songs on the album.
Hide in your shell, Asylum, If everyone was listening and Crime of the century are absolutely ace tracks which rate amongst the very best of prog rock. However you don't need to be a prog rock freak to enjoy the wonderful record.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This deserves to be in any progressive rock lover's all time top 5 albums. Despite having a copy of it since the mid 70's, it never tires. Difficult to pick any "outstanding" track as such, because the whole album is outstanding - well crafted & produced, with high quality songs. (If I had to select 3 tracks, I'd probably go with 'School', 'Hide in your shell' & 'Rudy', but then again the other 5 tracks are probably equally good). It works well with alternate tracks being sung by the 2 different vocalists (an approach taken on the next 4 studio albums, until Roger Hodgson's departure). Once I'd heard this (& the subsequent "Crisis? What Crisis" - an excellent album in itself by any other standards), I was tempted to say this would be Supertramp's zenith achievement, but then came "Even in the Quietest Moments", an album every bit as good as "COTC"!!!! - conclusion : an amazing band (or at least until Roger Hodgson's departure).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "tonyflorentine2" on 4 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
this album (sorry cd) typifies the growth of sound in the seventies - every track is awesome, even now thirty odd years later it still sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever. Personally I prefer this to Breakfast In America (which is excellent) As a review I give this a 10 out of 10.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Giddy Aunt since you ask!

What a treat! The 'Tramp finally get round to remastering and, er, padding out their glorious masterpiece Crime of the Century.

And boy is it good. The first disc is merely the remastered original 44 minute album. And remastered it certainly is. It's generally quieter and less bright than the previous CD issue. At first, I thought it was muddier, but simply adjusting the volume between the two versions highlights the near perfection reached on this remaster - the previous version substitutes volume and brightness for detail and clarity. Top job by Ray Staff at Air Studios.

I'm always a sucker for extra tracks. There are none here. Which is a shame on one hand, but at least when you fancy listening to the album, you don't have the dilemma of sticking around for an extra half an hour of John Helliwell practising his on-stage 'repartee' or Rick accompanying Roger's original accordion version of Dreamer with a tasteful comb and paper solo.

The treat here is the 2nd CD - the band recorded live at Hammersmith in March 1975. This set has been widely bootlegged and got its official release over 10 years ago as 'Is Everyone Listening'. By this gig, the band had played almost 30 gigs across the UK in support of the Crime album, visiting the likes of Preston, Swansea, Torquay, Fife and Lampeter, prior to an extensive jaunt across North America.

The whole of the Crime album is played, alongside 4 tracks from follow-on 'Crisis? What Crisis?' The band replicates the album extraordinarily well. Whilst the sound isn't quite as thick and polished as later recordings, the playing is tight, the singing excellent and the execution of a complex studio-realised masterpiece divine. For me, the real stand-out is the drumming of Bob Siebenberg.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 23 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
1974 was a fantastic year for rock. What, with albums being released that year, like 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton, Sheer Hear Attack by Queen, Natty Dread by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Autobahn by Kraftwerk and Apostrophe by Frank Zappa.

Without a shadow of a doubt Supertramp provided some of the best music of the 1970's and early 80's, and without a doubt, in 1974 Crime of the Century propelled the band into superstar status, and with excellent reason too.
School is a remarkable commentary on the alienation and frustration many feel during their school years. Other superb tracks here are in your face
Bloody Well Right, the tender Hide In Your Shell exhorts people to give and recieve love and thereby bringhappiness to themselves and others, the colourful Dreamer, the artistic tital track Crime Of The Century, and Rudy deals with the loneliness and pain of a man who has been ignored by those around him and has never found love and companionship.Something that is quite common in todays world.
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