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Crime Of The Century [Original recording remastered]

Supertramp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000068FY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime what Crime? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars An unheralded classic 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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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're coming along" 5 July 2009
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the remastered edition. I emphasise that, because in the past I have viewed remastered editions as simply another way for record companies to make money. This time though - and this goes for all the Supertramp remastered editions - the difference in sound quality is profound. All I can say is: Wow!

`Crime of the Century' dates from 1974 when the group were a kind of Anglo-American Genesis. It opens with the harmonica wail of `School', a protest song of a kind that seems almost to have completely disappeared in today's world. It ends with those words of ironic condescension from teacher to pupil, "You're coming along".

Intelligent lyrics are to be found in all of the other tracks too, the protests and the hopes of the 1970s. The sound quality is so good that we can make out in the song `Rudy' the tannoy system at Paddington Station, calling out the train "to Bristol Temple Meads from Platform Two". This song also exemplifies the clever arrangements that the band employed, where the central section of the song has a rhythm like a train ride. Another example would be the last three minutes of the title track, which features purely instrumental music that sounds like a soundtrack to a heist movie.

Unfortunately, Rick Davies's singing is not as clear as Roger Hodgson's. We can hear every word that the latter sings without the need for a songsheet. Roger has a beautiful and deceptive weak voice, as fragile as the subjects of which he sings. As for the music, much of the rhythm is surprisingly keyboard-led with the drums simply augmenting. I like all the songs very much, apart from `Bloody Well Right' (which is OK), and `Dreamer' (which is brilliant).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime not to buy 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of Supertramp's golden era 20 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
In a lot of ways, this was Supertramp's debut, as the first two albums saw a lot of uncertainty in membership and musical direction - they sounded a little half-baked, although they are still enjoyable listens. The band assembled for Crime of the Century stayed together right up till Roger Hodgson left in the eighties and is considered the "classic" lineup.

There is a lot of discussion on the net regarding whether or not Supertramp were a Progressive Rock act or not, I would say they were, if that means lengthy well developed pieces / many key changes / instrumental sections, but I would hardly describe them as "experimental". This is a much gentler style of Prog. There is plenty of radio friendly pop on offer as well - such as the hit "Dreamer" - but even this has a sophisticated arrangement and a short development section before the final chorus. The meat of the album though are songs like School, Rudy, Asylum and the the title track, and they are all glorious. In particular, School's piano led development section is a highlight, and has a storming bass line - sounding great in the remastered version. Also, the title track (which closes the album), has a fabulous doubled guitar solo and a superb fadeout jam - completed by a harmonica returning to the opening theme of School (the first track on the album).

On the downside, I find two of the tracks a little saccharine (Hide in your Shell and If everyone was listening), and "Bloody well Right" has an annoying campy chorus which clashes rather vigorously with its naive sounding "heavy rock" refrain. I'm in the minority here though, most fans love these tracks - especially "Hide in your Shell".
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