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Supertramp's unabridged autobiography
on 24 January 2004
Basically the same as "The Autobiography of Supertramp", there are two major differences. The first is the inclusion of 'School' (from 1974's 'Crime Of The Century'), and the other is that 'Goodbye Stranger' and 'The Logical Song' are here in there complete forms rather than in shortened form, which is a real improvement.
This is really essential Supertramp, since 'The Very Best of...Vol. 2' is almost by definition a misnomer. The 'very best' tracks are right here. As such, it's not a definitive retrospective. Infact, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 1974 was the first time Supertramp ever recorded anything, as there is nothing here from their first two albums. There are 5 of the 7 tracks that constitute the album 'Crime of the Century', rendering that album almost (but not completely) obsolete. Also, 1979's 'Breakfast In America' is well covered here, with 4 songs. The best two tracks from 'Even In The Quietest Moments' are here too, and that's nearly it. The later albums of 'Famous Last Words' and 'Brother, Where You Bound' (minus Hodgson by this stage) are scarcely touched upon, as is 'Crisis? What Crisis?', which is largely overlooked. All in all though, this compilation is a great way to get to know and love Supertramp. On the strength of the singles alone ('Logical Song', 'Breakfast in America', 'Dreamer' and 'Give A Little Bit'), it's worth the cover charge. But the inclusion of some really big hitting album tracks, like the stunning 'Hide In Your Shell' (from 'Crime..') and 'From Now On' (from 'Even In The Quietest Moments') encourage you to explore the Supertramp back catalogue in more depth. Possibly with the exception of 'Cannonball', there isn't a bad song on the album, and there is plenty to get your teeth into.