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Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Release Date: 17 Oct 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Marks & Spencer
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 2:33:55
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  • ASIN: B003LWQFO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,469 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 27 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's just about impossible to find fault with this collection of Supertramp's best known tracks, either on a value or completeist basis, and it is certainly a better package than earlier attempts at a "Best of..."

The label "soft-rock" has been slapped on them largely as a result of the tendancy of their later albums to be made up of three or four minute US radio-friendly pop/rock material. Fans of the band at their peak, creatively and melodically, will say that the three albums "Crime of the Century / Crisis What Crisis / Even In The Quietest Moments", from which most of CD1 is made up, were definitely not soft rock (they will, in fact, probably argue that you should leave this release alone and buy the three individual CDs, and turn the volume up loud when you play them).

Rick Davies supervised the compilation and all the tracks have been digitally remastered. Comparing them with the vinyl originals does reveal a slight loss of edge and clarity but most people won't notice. Overall it's an excellent review of one of Britain's (yes, they were British) best rock bands of the late 1970s.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 11 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
The way Supertramp has been depicted in recent years gives an indication that they were some sort of embarrassment in pop music history. Case in point is Homer Simpson's affection of the group. This compilation proves that though Supertramp did have some art-rock tendencies, they produced some great tunes.

This compilation is very complete; basically anything Supertramp did of any worth, with the possible exception of Hide in Your Shell, is here. Personally I would have preferred the live version of Dreamer that became a hit in the US, but overall, the song selection is perfect. The six tunes from Breakfast in America are for example the obvious choices from that album.

The music is, well, mostly good in mine opinion. There are a few tracks I don't care that much about, especially post It's Raining Again. I did, however, re-discover some ones again. Special mention goes to Take the Long Way Home, with its majestic opening and incredible harmonies. The craft of the production is faultless, these guys and the studio were a match made in heaven. Most music produced today, 30 years later, lacks the great production in most aspects as Supertramp did in their heyday. Despite being studio wizards, the creative aspect of making music enjoyable was yet in place. Listen to Goodbye Stranger, with the organ intro, the drums added and the snapping sound into the second verse. Give a Little Bit on the other hand is pure bright guitars driving the song.

I have another Supertramp collection called Classics - 25th A&M Anniversary. That compilation has some edited tracks which appear here in their full length editions. The sound quality is also vastly better on this new compilation, as if a carpet was put over the speaker whilst listening to the old version.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By "james40536" on 26 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
Supertramp rarely get the credit that they deserve. But listening to this anthology you realise just what a great band they were and how they transcend the need to be cool or fashionable. 'Dreamer', 'The Logical Song', 'Give a Little Bit' are all perfectly formed pop songs, but they are only part of the story of a band who did their own thing and, with the cyclical nature of the publics tastes, I'm hoping their time will come again, and a few more people will admit that they made a fantastic contribution to music.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A.lan Stevens on 25 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
Supertramp have never left the playlists on some US FM stations, and if you listen to this collection, it's easy to understand why. Like Steely Dan, they combine intelligent lyrics with excellent musicianship, and merit repeated listenings. They haven't always received critical acclaim, but hopefully this re-release, which includes all their greatest songs, will put that right. The critics aren't often right anyway. Take a listen and make your own mind up.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Taylor on 15 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although this is undoubtedly an excellent compilation, just a word of warning for audiophiles - the quality of this CD (2) is not as good as as the originals and certainly not as good as the relatively recent "remastered" versions of the original albums. Buy it to play in the car, sure, but not on a really good hi-fi system.

It's worth noting that there is some uncertainty over whether or not this is a "remastered" CD at all. It certainly does not promote itself, or list itself as "remastered" but in the very small print in the CD notes it says mastered in 2005. Personally I wouldn't want to claim this was a remastered disc!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
The name of the band "Supertramp" was taken from W. H. Davies' 1908 novel "The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp".

"Mr. Davies is no propagandist of the illusions of the middle-class tramp fancier. He does not tell you that there is honor among tramps. On the contrary, he makes it clear that only by being too destitute to be worth robbing and murdering can a tramp insure himself against being robbed and murdered by his comrade on the road. The tramp is fastidious and accomplished, audacious and self- possessed; but he is free from divine exploitation and the endless discountenance of being passed by as useless by the life force that finds superselfish work for other men." Editor's review of "The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp".

From my review of "Breakfast In America", I stated that "Starting life as a British progressive rock band, Supertramp shifted gears and became a real pop band. Supertramp was formed in England in 1969 by keyboardist/vocalist Roger Davies. 1974's "Crime Of The Century" became the band's first big smash, followed by "Crisis! What Crisis?" and "Even In The Quietest Moments". 1979's "Breakfast In America" was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic, and is considered by most people to be the band's best album." Despite chart success the band never attained stardom; it was remarked at the height of their popularity that Supertramp was the best-selling group in the world whose members could walk down any street and not be recognized.

And, now, in 2005 they have given us their "Retrospectale: The Supertramp Anthology".
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